To kick off a series of events for ABNF V (celebrating our fifth year of Absent but not Forgotten) we held a one night only retrospective exhibition in The Abacus, Cardiff. An amazing space to show in, we were able to include a number of works from the last 5 years.
As well as the installations and artworks we offered evil home-brewed refreshments and toasted the event with our special reserve ‘666’ blackberry wine (brewed from 666 blackberries). Live Halloween sounds were created by Jacob Whittaker and his vinyl loops of horror and a new performance from invited artist Ian Watson, a truly terrifying blend of electronic noise, mask and sportswear!
Our interactive corner invited some homespun ghostly shenanigans – thanks to all our Sheet n’ Tweeters!
Come and join us for Halloween to start our 5th birthday celebrations. We are in The Abacus on the 31st with a selection of installations and works from the last 5 years.
The Abacus, Wood Street, Cardiff CF10 1ER
Saturday 31 October 6pm – late
To make it extra special there will be live performances from Ian Watson and Jacob Whittaker, possibly others (tbc)…
Jacob has brewed a very special wine made from 666 blackberries which may or may not be fatal/palatable/satanic/available ….
This probably isn’t it being made…
For Made in Roath 2015, Absent but not Forgotten were lucky enough to be able to work with Rose Street Flea Market to install existing work as part of the festival on 11 October and will also be undertaking a mini ‘residency’ in the building on 7 & 8 November.
For 11 October we started to get a feel for the location having met with proprietor, Frank a few times to chat about the flea market and his experiences of being in the building over the last 4 years.
The flea market is an amazing warren of objects collected together by proprietor Frank from a lifetime of magpie finds and house clearance. What appears to be a completely eclectic muddle of things we found to be actually quite carefully thought about and placed. It has the satisfying illusion of chaos which allows the visitor to feel like an explorer discovering everything for the first time.
We wanted our first foray into the building to be unobtrusive. We decided to select a number of framed-up prints from our ‘ghost-in-a-sheet’ series of lo-fi and Polaroid images to place discreetly amongst the existing framed pictures and photographs for visitors to happen upon.
Thanks to Frank for hosting us (and for getting under a sheet for a quick snap!) and to Made in Roath for finding us such a great venue.