I forgot my body over there is an exhibition of new works made by artist samra mayanja.
This show is born out of the artist’s movement toward automatic and intuitive methods of working with materials and objects that she has collected. These methods have been a way of entering their tangible and intangible layers through the fingers, hands, palms, muscles and sensation.
samra mayanja is an artist and writer, who has been temporarily based in Longformacus (Duns, Scotland) for an artist residency.
Her work is concerned with what moves us and what it is to be moved. Spanning drawing+writing, performance and film, her work is an effort to commune disparate voices; to generate around and beyond what’s inconceivable, lost or arrives in tatters.
I forgot my body over there will be exhibited at Longformacus Village Hall from Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th August in conjunction with a programme of events (below):

Please email samramayanja@gmail.com to confirm you place at any of these events (below) and feel free to contact her if you have any questions.
Visual Aids: There will be a visual description to accompany the exhibition for those who are visually impaired and/or anyone that would like to use it.
Captioning: All sound and video works will include a transcript and/or subtitling.
Covid: We kindly ask that you adhere to social distancing and covid guidelines whilst in the space. Much appreciated!
Address: Longformacus Village Hall, Duns Road, Duns, TD11 3PB
Longformacus Village Hall is accessible to wheelchair users.
(Further details below)
Opening Talk
Saturday 21st Aug, 11:00 – 12:00

Film: Two Melons and a Stinking Fish (1996) by Vanessa Engle
Weds 25th Aug, 19:00 – 20:00

Thursday 26th Aug, 12:00 – 15:00

Closing Performance – samra mayanja and S O C K E T H E A D
Friday 27th Aug @ Sunset (20:00)

Saturday 21st Aug, 11:00 – 12:00
Opening Talk
Join us for the opening where samra mayanja will give a short introductory talk about her art practise, the exhibition and her residency research. Refreshments provided.

Weds 25th Aug, 19:00 – 20:00
Film Screening – Two Melons and a Stinking Fish (1996) by Vanessa Engle
This rarely seen film is the first documentary about British conceptual artist, Sarah Lucas. In this experimental portrait, filmmaker Vanessa Engle, documents both Lucas’ artistic process and the art world context that she makes within.
Film length: 60mins
Language: English (subtitled)
Sarah Lucas has, over the course of two decades, become recognised as one of Britain’s most significant contemporary artists. Spanning sculpture, photography and installation, her work has consistently been characterised by irreverent humour and the use of everyday ‘readymade’ objects – food, tights, toilets, cigarettes – to conjure up corporeal fragments.
Vanessa Engle began her career at the BBC where she made sixty documentaries spanning the realms of contemporary art and popular music. Since this early part of her career Engle has since made many celebrated documentaries investigating social affairs. In November 2015, Engle received the Outstanding Contribution to Documentary award at the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival.

Thursday 26th Aug, 12:00 – 15:00
After the ‘Ready Steady Explore Toddler Group’ in the hall, the exhibition will be open to parents and children of all ages so that they can explore the space; be curious, make sounds together and chat to the artist if they like.
Children are welcome on all other days but Thursday is for children and parents only. Woooo!! Activity sheets to take home will be provided also.

Friday 27th Aug @ Sunset (20:00)
Closing Performance
by samra mayanja and S O C K E T H E A D
In the final event collaborators in life, art and love, samra mayanja and artist S O C K E T H E A D, will share a sonic improvisation; a dialogue between voice, instruments and the exhibition. Instruments include: Adungu (Ugandan harp), electronic drums, delay and reverb.
S O C K E T H E A D is an artist working across the mediums of painting, collage and sound. He uses found internet media, live instrumentation and field recordings as a vehicle to get closer to some open ended space. S O C K E T H E A D’s palette of sounds are shredded/torn/stretched and re-homed in his compositions.
His process is grounded in a conversation between analogue and digital technologies that attempt to stitch together parallel memories of religion and contemporary culture.

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