Treats on Elasticity
Thursday 9 September 2010, 19.00-21.00
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A lively evening on elasticity in form, theory and practice.
'Treats on Elasticity' was a treatment of elasticity in an
unexpected and exploratory way, stimulating intellectual thought.
The evening was also a real treat.
Why elasticity? We are surrounded by elasticity - be it in the
shape of our skin, the price elasticity on the stock exchange that
plays havoc with our spending power, or a piano string that stays
in tune for as long as its tension remains constant. People tend to
be amazingly resilient in the face of adversity: somehow we manage
to pick ourselves up by the hem of our lives and bounce back. Or
take something as ostensibly simple as the elastic band: it makes a
perfect sling and keeps post packages together.
The event featured talks and performances by:
- Yoko Seyama and Lyndsey Housden,
artists: A State of Flux
- Nick White, condom expert: A
Material of Choice
- Mayke Nas,
composer/performer: Anyone Can Do It
- Didier Fiuza-Faustino,
architect: (G)host in the (S)hell
- Fiona Sampson: reading from
her latest collection, 'Rough Music' (Carcanet, 2010)
- Daniel Glaser,
- Jolyon Brewis, architect and Managing
Partner: Grimshaw-Architects: In Elastic City
Treats on Elasticity was moderated and
produced by Hester Aardse and Astrid van Baalen from the PARS
Foundation, Amsterdam; and made possible thanks to the support of
SNS REAAL fonds, Van Bijleveltstichting, STROOM, Fonds
Podiumkunsten, De Nederlandsche Bank and The Dutch Embassy in
PARS was founded by
Astrid van Baalen and Hester Aardse and is an experimental and
independent initiative that views the arts and sciences as
essentially creative processes borne out of sheer curiosity. PARS
collects the thought notations of those artists and scientists who
shape the way we perceive the world today. The aim is to create an
atlas of creative thinking at the beginning of the 21st century.
PARS does this through the publication series 'Findings on... ' and
the events 'Treats on...'
Astrid van Baalen lives and
works in Amsterdam and London as an editor and writer, and is a
poet whose work is published internationally. Hester
Aardse works for National Heritage in Amsterdam as an art
historian and journalist specialised in industrial structures and
urban development since the 1850s. She also works as a consultant
in graphic design. Together they are the co-founders of the PARS
Lyndsey Housden creates
installations that hold the potential to transform and develop
through social interaction and movement. She is interested in the
impact of architecture on the human body. Her work questions the
physical and psychological effects of space and architecture
through collaborations with dancers and visual artists.
Yoko Seyama is a scenographer and media artist.
Trained as both an architect and a ballet dancer, she now
specialises in creating installations for the performance context,
concentrating on scenography and time-based art. They have
collaborated to create Sentient
Nick White works as Technical
Risk Director at SSL International, a focused consumer brand
company and owner of Durex. Since 1996 he has been a participant in
UK, European and International standardisation efforts for condoms.
He published his research paper, 'Contraception', on the mechanism
of breakage of male condoms, based upon his work at SSL, showing
that nearly all condom breakages are due to a 'blunt puncture'
Mayke Nas enjoys creating
music for musicians breathing simultaneously, for moving chairs and
wired blackboards. She considers herself lucky to work with Nieuw
Ensemble, Asko|Schönberg, Slagwerk Den Haag, the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bl!ndman, the Neue Vocalsolisten, Eighth
Blackbird and other musical wizards.
Didier Fiuza Faustino is an
architect and co-founder of the Bureau des Mésarchitectures
label in Paris. His work reciprocally summons up art from
architecture and architecture from art. The central dimension of
his line of thinking is the body - not the body as a reference
machine, but the body as a spatial component. He conceives
architecture as a "tool for exacerbating our senses and sharpening
our awareness of reality".
Dr Daniel Glaser is
Head of Special Projects in public engagement at the Wellcome
Trust. He comes from a neuroscience background, was the first
'Scientist in Residence' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, has
presented a television series for the BBC and co-chairs Café
Scientifique at the Photographers' Gallery.
Fiona Sampson is an
award-winning poet and poetry reviewer. She has written 17 books
and is published in more than 30 languages. Her most recent poetry
collection is entitled 'Rough Music' (Carcanet, 2010).
Jolyon Brewis is an architect
and Managing Partner of Grimshaw in London. His
experience covers a range of building sectors, including the design
and delivery of significant cultural, transport and industrial
buildings. He has been involved in all phases of the Eden Project
in Cornwall. He has also played a key role in the development of a
number of research projects that focus on utility issues including
energy generation, the conservation of resources and the re-use of