Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Overshare: October 7-22

Make Video Armour with artist Evelyn Roth

Evelyn RothCREDIT
Ground FloorLOCATION
WorkshopTYPE
10:00am - 12:00pm, 21 October, Ground Floor
SESSION TIMES

Octogenarian visionary, Andy Warhol contemporary, and visual art legend Evelyn Roth joins Overshare for two weaving sessions; learn how to smash video cassettes and use tape to crotchet and upcycle materials to make ropes, clothing and wearables. Roth – dubbed ‘Canada’s Recycling Queen’ – is renowned for large-scale inflatables of animals, plants, insects, and creatures. Her works wonder at the potential of community gathering as a garden of humanitarian expansion. Informed by collaborations in Haida Gwaii, on Kaurna Country, across the United States and in Kauai, Roth has collected an encyclopedic amount of slides documenting her enduring interdisciplinary practice. For over four decades, her sculptures have drawn from animal life, marine biology, oral histories, and cross-continental connections to create fantastical worlds that gawk at nature’s theatricality. These workshops are ideal for anyone interested in mixed media, installation art, weaving, fashion, and experimental film.

Longer bio: At closer look, her gardens invite hordes of people – artists, students, filmmakers, parents, and activists alike – to gallivant inside a spectacle of healing and togetherness. These are paired with storytime inside her sculptures which focus on decolonial history and climate awareness.

Roth’s pioneering inflatabilia depict alternative histories of the Earth and life itself. Shown around the world in major exhibitions dating back to the 1960s, Roth veers away from ecological doom towards environmental abundance. Internationally renowned video and performance artist Evelyn Roth will lead the public in a collaborative weaving project – ideal for children and families. Inspired by Roth’s work, participants will experiment with upcycled film, and the weaving processes that are central to Roth’s practice, including smashing videos to make ropes strong enough to pull cars. Bring your dusty shed-dwelling videos.

Raised on a Canadian wheat farm and making her start as an intermedia performance artist, Roth was drawn to nylon sculpture by way of the material’s sheer force: as something to house experiences that could transport efficiently. It was her time spent with the Haida Gwaii community that informed her Nylon focused practice. Creating an intricate salmon in 1969 based on traditional designs to tell the Salmon story at the first potlatch in 90 years. In 1971, Roth was invited to Adelaide, to recycle television film into a jungle after traversing North America as part of ‘Video Car Cosy’ (1971) – a piece in which she crocheted disused video tape to fully wrap around her station wagon. When national news stations took note they began donating upcycled tape to the project, launching her object-based practice to a wide audience. This began her portal across the Pacific – a journey she is making again – and unraveling in a performance of memory, data-storage, recycling, and longevity.

Her creative spirit is a testament to the power of artmaking as a force for social change. As a community artist, Roth has committed to knowledge sharing, as revealed in Salmon Dance (1979-2005), which draws from her work with local elders in Haida Gwaii; Woven in Time (1974), an ecofeminist dance work and Canadian Film Award winner; The Evelyn Roth Recycling Book (1975), a published work; and Nylon Zoo (1992-), an educational space for families presented for 30 years at WOMADadelaide. Additional career highlights include exhibitions at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (1976), an invitation as Canadian Guest at the Commonwealth Games Brisbane (1982), and the creation of the Evelyn Roth Celebration Centre in Washington DC (1990), for artists and makers.