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Submitted by Suzanne.Frost@t... on Fri, 2020-02-14 16:38

The Place commissions Natalie Keymist to create a visual artwork to mark 50th anniversary

London’s dance hub The Place is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year at the forefront of contemporary dance. With support from the October Gallery Education, The Place has commissioned photographic artist Natalie Keymist to create a piece of visual art expressing the various forms of engagement with dance that embody The Place.

Bringing their rich experience in community-led visual arts projects, October Gallery’s Education department are collaborating with The Place offering a visual arts perspective in the commissioning and delivery of this project. This collaboration builds on close ongoing partnership between The Place and October Gallery and continues to develop the work we do in the local community.

Natalie Keymist is a London-based socially engaged photographic artist and educator, drawing influence from the human experience and trying to find connections. She has a background in dance and movement and a large part of her practice is based around working with communities, using oral history, moving image, analogue, and hybrid photographic techniques, which she also teaches through her own business Lens Obscura.

Working closely with students of London Contemporary Dance School, prevocational students on The Place’s CAT programme and alumni, Keymist will create a community- led visual artwork to mirror the diverse and varied experience of dance and being in a creative environment, using the technique of photograms.

photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a negative shadow, creating a form of silhouettes.

The artwork will come to life over three phases

  • students from London Contemporary Dance School will create six 2D life-size photograms of dance poses by using their bodies on photographic paper. The photograms will be exhibited in the entrance hall of London Contemporary Dance School and in The Place’s theatre bar from April
  • the 2D photograms will be brought to life by stop motion animation of short dance sequences created by The Place’s CAT students in response to the photograms
  • through interviews with former students and alumni of The Place across the generations, Keymist will forge a voice over to accompany the stop motion animation

The resulting digital artwork will be a multidisciplinary piece that mirrors the experience of being at The Place, with the dance community firmly at its heart. It will be displayed on screens around the building.

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