This is a report I wrote for The UAL Postgraduate Community newsletter and blog. You can also read it directly in a slightly edited version here.

I’m a big fan of Postgraduate Community’s trips and events, I often attend when I can. This time it was Professor Rob Kesseler, UAL Chair of Art, Design & Science who was proposing to take 10 students to The Microscience Microscopy Congress 2015 in Manchester for free!! I’m studying on MA Art &Science, but my background is in art. This presented a perfect opportunity to see The Frieze Art Fair of microscopy, and an opportunity to engage with scientists and see their world.
We arrived in Manchester on Wednesday midday, July 1st on a cool air-conditioned train, which, believe me, was much appreciated, as that was the hottest day of the year! After a short walk, observing the architecture we arrived at Manchester Central. The bustle of science minds had started. The exhibition hall was filled with top new microscopy inventions and leading experts in the fields.

I wanted to just get a feel for such a place. My recent, The Rivers Project was my excuse to talk with the brainy scientists and listen to their “foreign” language. I explained why I was there and that I hoped to find a collaborator, to gain an insight to what’s hiding in a riverbed of a river I was studying at the time. When I failed to define a precise reason why I needed the microscopy to help me to progress my work, then I saw an exhibitor from France, a company called Digital Surf. You know that feeling when you can finally visualize your idea? Talking with them, ever so friendly as all the exhibitors, I knew this company might be helpful. We exchanged our business cards and now after a couple of emails, there seems to be a great chance we will collaborate on The Rivers Project with their software. But even, if this doesn’t work out, the approachable attitude of the scientists there and all the thought-provoking chats we had, individually, or the whole group of us from UAL, was definitely worth it!

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Digital Surf exhibition stand at MMC 2015

When I saw a public call for stallholders at #TransActing: A Market of Values by Critical Practice, I thought it looked like a very unusual event. It wasn’t an art fair, nor an exhibition, it wasn’t a normal market either. A new concept of re-evaluating, transacting, exchanging, and giving sounded like something I’d love to engage with.

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You can read about the thrill of being chosen to participate at TransActing in my previous blog here.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Joey O’Gorman, Research Affiliate, MA Art and Science at CSM, UAL. Joey introduced me to a social scientist, geographer Richard Bater with whom I collaborated during the #TransActing: A Market of Values event. Richard’s work focuses on (as he described it) “research and the intersection of scientific (watery) knowledge and artistic interventions, so he very much approaches water less from a natural scientific perspective than from a shape-shifting transdisciplinarian one (undergirded by anthropology)”. Compared to Richard’s, my interest lies in rivers and water more from an angle of sculpting, art, and physical geography. I find movements of sediments, fluvial forms and processes inspiring and fascinating. I look at them as a metaphor to artist sculpting, building objects. (Question of conscious sculpting and process comes up at this point).

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Our stall named The Rivers Project was painted white and The Flowing Roots sculpture grew right through it. The aim for this one-day collaboration between Richard and I was to create discussions about rivers, water, and ecology. We traded water for words into our Water Word Harvest. We asked two questions. What does water mean to you? Do you have your own nature, a place where you go to relax outdoors? Thank you to all people who engaged with our stall! Thank you for the debates and chats. They were indeed very inspiring, interesting, and useful.

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What’s next for The Rivers Projects? Richard and I will work together again and I’m beginning to write a dissertation, which will be drip-fed by the Water Word Harvest, critical thinking, evaluation, and partly by amazing River Thames cartoons by John Leech (1817–1864), who was an English caricaturist and illustrator. Check out this amazing piece on Wikipedia.

I have one regret looking back at the event. 60+ amazing stallholders had lots to offer and engage with. We were in our water-bubble all day and didn’t have enough time to speak to all the others. Just look at the variety of projects on the day here.

TransActing happened on Saturday July 11, 2015, 12 – 5 pm, at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. Thank you to Critical Practice, who organized it! Check out this photo to see the stalls on the day from high above.

I’ve applied for a number of events, competitions, and a residency this summer and one set of good news came through. I’ll be taking part in #TransActing: Market of Values event, on Saturday July 11, 2015, 12 – 5pm, at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.

This is a description of the event taken from Critical Practice website, who organised the event.

“This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, publishers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones. Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. The Market will showcase skillshares, freegan cafes, an auction, a blood donation bank, expert and enthusiast knowledge, an estate agent and other resources. Diverse forms of value production will animate economies beyond the financial.
Care, trust, creativity and generosity are forms of exchange that coexist with money but cannot be made equivalent to pounds and pence. It’s wealth beyond capital that will be produced at #TransActing.”

Image credit: Critical Practice, PARADE, a previous project by Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2010

Image credit: Critical Practice.  PARADE, a previous project by Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2010

I’ll have a stall which will be designed for the event. I’ll present my sculptural installation ‘Flowing Roots’ and will engage in discussions about WATER, about the amazing processes that happen in fluvial systems, and much more. I’m in a process of inviting a scientist / hydrologist / geomorphologist / PhD student in related fields to accompany me during the event to contribute to the discussions and potentially collaborate with me in the future. If you know anyone or you’d like to express your interest to join me, please email me on silviakrupinska@gmail.com.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at #TransActing. Come for a chat and tell me what will you be doing this summer. See you!

#TransActing: Market of Values

Saturday July 11, 2015, 12 – 5pm 

at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.

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In olden days, on the last day of April, young unmarried men would raise Maypoles in front of their girlfriends’ houses. If they did this in the 15th century in Germany, it would be considered a law-binding marrying agreement! Thankfully these days the tradition is only an excuse to meet and dance together to celebrate the arrival of spring and female beauty. Many nations have this tradition of elevating a young tree on a long wooden pole, decorated with many colourful ribbons. Check out some great international examples of Maypoles by country. But did you know artists have been making art inspired by maypoles? This tag shows some examples.

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May Installation on 10 trees in Empson street E3, London. 22 May 2013

When the ribbons from my outdoor May Installation (above) were stolen in 2013, I knew I wanted to revisit this topic again. A perfect opportunity has arrived. Mira Varg and I (both studying at UAL – CSM, MA Art and Science and are Slovak) proposed to make a May sculpture for a Student May Ball in the Embassy Of the Slovak Republic in London. We were both delighted when the Embassy liked the idea. We enjoyed our collaboration a lot!

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We’d like to thank The Embassy Of the Slovak Republic and The Embassy of The Czech Republic for this year’s Students May Ball, which happened last night. So many amazing people turned up, lots of beer was consumed and much traditional food was eaten! And I think I speak for all that attended when I say, we had a great time! I’ll finish off with these images of folk dancing by Morena Dance Company below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope to see you maybe during one of the future events in the Embassy. Take care. S.

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I’m pleased to add another newspaper article to my press. Pri šálke čaju so Silviou Krupinskou is written in the Slovak language, sorry to those that don’t speak it. The Full text can be found on this link. Here is an excerpt:

” Silvia Krupinská je rodáčka z Popradu, ktorej pomaturitný jazykový pobyt v Londýne trvá dodnes. Žije a tvorí tam už takmer dvadsať rokov. Táto umelecká výtvarníčka má za sebou viacero najmä zahraničných výstav a vlastný ateliér. Inšpiráciu hľadá v prírode a keď sa vo februári 2014 dozvedela o prírodnej katastrofe v rieke Poprad, veľmi sa jej to dotklo. “Išlo o nález kyanidu, 20-krát vyššie množstvo, ako je dovolené. Stalo sa to v industriálnej časti Popradu, v Matejovciach. Tisíce rýb zomreli a otrávený bol úsek asi siedmich kilometrov, kde sa ekosystém bude zotavovať viac ako 5 rokov. Je to smutné. Rieka Poprad pre mňa reprezentuje miesto, odkiaľ pochádzam, moje domácke korene,“ vysvetľuje emotívne. Preto začala pracovať na soche z ocele. Ide o veľmi trvácny silný materiál, rovnako ako jej city k slovenskej prírodnej krase. Chce týmto spôsobom vyjadriť rešpekt rieke Poprad. „Nikdy predtým som sa nad ňou poriadne nezamyslela. Škoda, že to tak často je. Niektoré veci si uvedomíme, až keď sa stane niečo negatívne…“
Napriek smutnej inšpirácii je socha s názvom Tečúce Korene (Flowing Roots) oslavou rieky a jej krásy. „Bola to veľmi zaujímavá robota. Prvýkrát som zvárala oceľ a naučila som sa pritom množstvo nových procesov. Keď som o tom rozprávala ľudom, čo nikdy na Slovensku neboli, a videli vtedy ešte len polotovar sochy, páčil sa im organický tvar diela. Teraz sa o tom, čo si myslia, dozviem ešte viac. Tečúca rieka bude aj s nahrávkou zvuku rieky vystavená na Interim Show v Londýne. Pri výskume a zhromažďovaní dát o rieke, keďže socha tvarovo presne zobrazuje tvar jej toku, mi pomohli v Slovenskom vodohospodárskom podniku, š.p., Správa povodia Dunajca a Popradu. Chcela by som sa im takto za to poďakovať.“ “

Autor: Petra Vargová | 25. 3. 2015

FLOWING ROOTS – Metal sculpture and sound piece

Steel might not be the first material to be associated with a river or its flow. I see it differently, as for me it became a medium for a sculpture inspired by a river I grew up nearby in Poprad, Slovakia – the 167.4 km long Poprad River. “She” is for me a kind of symbol representing my roots, my belonging and the natural beauty of the Spiš Region.

This river story starts when I discovered a disaster struck in February 2014. Twenty times more than allowed amount of cyanide was found in the Poprad River’s flow, starting in an industrial area of Matejovce. The poison caused deep damage to the effected ecosystems. Thousands of fish died and the habitat on the seven-kilometre-long stretch will take years to recover. However, and there is a big pause here. I choose not to cry over spilled milk and run around in anger, but I choose in this sculptural installation to celebrate this river-flow, its ongoing splendour and the healing it’s going through. I choose the steel, I choose the lasting strength and I choose to look ahead and show how important she is to me. All rivers deserve attention, admiration and appreciation; this is what my sculpture and the sound piece are about.

I’d like to thank to SLOVENSKÝ VODOHOSPODÁRSKY PODNIK, š. p., Správa povodia Dunajca a Popradu for their support and help with gathering research data and materials about The Poprad River. I hope our collaboration can continue to grow in more future projects!

Flowing Roots, Silvia Krupinska 2015, detail

Flowing Roots, Silvia Krupinska 2015, detail

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Flowing Roots, Silvia Krupinska 2015, detail

You can see FLOW sculpture and sound piece and many other artworks by other artists in UAL CSM Interim Exhibition – You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly – works of MA Art and Science, MA Photography and MA Fine Art at The Laundry E8, 2-18 Warburton Road, E8 3FN London, UK.

27th-29th March, 11-5, PV 26th March 6-9pm

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I have great respect for metal. I have even greater respect for hot metal. I think it shows on my face in these photographs by a friend. All this in preparation for The Poprad River sculpture which will be exhibited in our March Interim show at the end of the month. Details announced soon.

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Metal Workshop Forging Steel, Copyright Chyuki Harris, 02 2015

Sunday evening experiments bring some Prussian blue pigment and steel together. Sprinkling of icing sugar on top?

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This is a recent progress gif of Poprad River sketch drawing. I quite like it being in a J shape, I now translate it into J for JOY! I am indeed having lots of joy making this sculpture. I’m looking forward to tackling the welding and bending of the metal. I hope to have this Job finished for our March Interim show. A3 segments of the new work in progress, 5 m long when the line in the drawing is stretched.

I’m going to work in the metal workshop from now on and I’ll bring you more images of the work in progress, when I have them. I’m so pleased to have the access to the metal workshop. Yesterday I began to practice the welding techniques.

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Book on the left: Author: Rastislav Ovšonka  Size: 21,5 x 30 cm Hardback Pages 88  ISBN 978-80-969017-8-4 Language Slovak Stamp on the right , drawing Martin Cinovsky, 1996

Book on the left:
Author: Rastislav Ovšonka
Size: 21,5 x 30 cm
Hardback
Pages 88
ISBN 978-80-969017-8-4
Language Slovak
Stamp on the right , drawing Martin Cinovsky, 1996

Artwork "Kamzik vrchovsky tatransky" by Vladimir Machaj, 1996

Artwork “Kamzik vrchovsky tatransky” by Vladimir Machaj, 1996

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Have a great week and happy new year 2015.

Thank you for your support,   Silvia x

Thank you very much for taking time to read today’s post. I’m writing this blog post to tell you about my recent experience near by a river during my holidays back in Poprad, Slovakia.This river is significant to me, as I’m working on a long-term project, kind of a case study about it. The end product will be a sculpture, but meanwhile, I’m researching and putting together some data (supported by Slovensky vodohospodarsky podnik), including making some practical experiments on site, directly with the river. Copyright-Krupinska-2014,-Poprad-River-in-Poprad-Dec-2014-websize-07 hypsometric map of slovakia river poprad 01 The Poprad River is 142.5 km long and its spring (1494.3 metres AMSL) is considered to be nearby Popradske pleso (Poprad Mountain Lake) in The High Tatras Mountains. It merges into Dunajec River in Poland where its journey as an independent river ends, however Dunajec River has a trip to complete up north to the Baltic Sea. I was born in Poprad, where this river has been a normality to all of us, and often I’d taken the river for granted or simply I hadn’t given much thought about it. Until 13th February, 2014, when I heard of some terrible news*. Allegedly, seven kilometres of the river, starting near by the industrial town Matejovce, was poisoned by 20 times more than allowed dose of cyanide substance. I learned from the online news articles, that all life including plants were devastated and unable to renew their natural ecosystem for at least next 5 years to come! This careless human behaviour made me very upset and angry. Hence my renewed interest in the river. (Nevertheless this wasn’t a random interest in water themed subjects, I’d done a whole series of Mountain Lake Drawings last year.) Copyright-Krupinska-2014,-Poprad-River-in-Poprad-Dec-websize06 So far I’d done a set of abalone mother of pearl drawings, wire models of the river, I’ve researched the flow and altitude of it, but finally directly reunited with the river, I was able to record the sounds of the stream at various points in Poprad-Zapad. My lovely helper Tatiana and I were walking along stopping to observe and note down interesting areas where the river sounded particularly pleasant, making sure the sound wasn’t too strong due to small water falls and so on. The plan is to combine the physicality of the sculpture (about which you’ll find out about in the near future) with the sound effects from the recordings. Here is one example of a recording on SoundCloud to feed your imagination. (Please adjust your sound levels if necessary.) If you have any feedback, and you’d like to comment on this or other posts on my blog, you can easily do so at the end of the articles. I look forward to hearing from you, as ever. I’m going to work on the sculpture itself in the coming weeks and the plan is to have some substantial works done by the end of March. What are you working on? Perhaps you have similar interests or are a scientist working in potamology? Let yourself known. Keep in touch. I’m keen to collaborate, especially now during my MA Art and Science at CSM, London. Yours, Silvia * some of the online news links in Slovak I found about the poisoning: http://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/309986-kyanid-zabil-rieku-ako-poziar-les/ http://www.ekoton.sk/rieku-poprad-znecistil-pravdepodobne-kyanid/

With the recent events and projects in my mind, here is one from 19.07.2012, Ilha de Armona, Ria Formosa Natural park, South Portugal. By the way, I had some curly kale for dinner, which rather resembles this, doesn’t it? haha

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© Silvia Krupinska 2012

 

 

It’s been a perfect Saturday really. I visited my local gallery The Stone Space. The exhibition ‘Take your Time’ is the best I’ve seen in The Stone Space so far. Of course, it’s a question of taste, and this is totally my cup of tea! The outside view to the gallery is great. You can see the dried yellow leaves covering the floor, some wooden logs are positioned in the space too, for sitting. Suspended from the wires near the ceiling are the fabric cones, hand dyed with natural nettle and other pigments. The atmosphere is idyllic. Only when you enter the gallery you realize, the bird-song is playing and with the first step your mood is transformed and “you leave four days of stress behind you”- said one of the visitors to us. The scent in the room is leafy and woody, with the hint of sage, and blue-bells refresh your smell buds too. Oh what a feeling! One that is best experienced in person.

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As I was chatting to a gallerist Christine Davies, I found out some interesting facts about this show.

“The Installation ‘Take your Time’ by Perpendicular is a collaborative partnership between artists Kim Norton and Alexandra Mazur-Knyazeva. Perpendicular’s installation is a secluded space filled with the sounds and scent that people often associate with gardens or woodlands. The collection of fabric cones hanging within the gallery at varying heights create an illusion of elevation and suspension.”

 

 

I hope you have the time to visit The Stone Space in the near future. To help to plan your visit, the opening hours and days are as follows:

The show opened on Thursday 4 December and will run until 11 January 2015. From the 15 December and over the festive season the gallery will be closed and so the show will be for viewing from the street only. But what a view!

Enjoy

Normally when I make a new sculptural series or any other art, I try to exhibit the works pretty soon after (or they are made for a particular show). It wasn’t so much the case with The Bio Landscapes series. They were made around 5 years ago. I never before felt it was the right time to exhibit them. They were weirdly different and a bit “alien”. I borrow this word from my very good friend Charlotte Bint, who wrote about them in 2010. (To read the full text visit my about page and scroll down.)

“The cumbersome forms have an uncomfortable presence in the room, as they seem to posses a level of autocracy. Though they speak clearly of their own physicality and materiality, when encountering them, there is a sense that one has just missed out on witnessing their manifestation, and that their status of full and real existence in the world has only been very recently established. There is something of the supernatural or alien about them, a feeling that they are encroaching. Simultaneously appearing both transient and weighty, their ambiguity only adds to their weirdness. Despite the human hand being so prevalent in this work, one could almost believe that they are able to change form independently.”

The time has come. I’m showing them for the first time in the exhibition space of the Central Saint Martins College in London, where I’m studying my MA Art and Science. The Big Space as we call it there, is the ideal arty cultivating space for them. When the brief for this group show came through, they lit up in my head. : )

A big thanks to Alex Schady for installing the Bio Landscapes higher I could reach. Cheers to photographer Bonamy Devas for the install photos, too. I’ll bring more images from the exhibition very soon. There are some amazing works to be seen by around 50 CSM students. Thanks for reading and have a great November! S

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Bio Landscapes (2009) (C) Silvia Krupinska

 

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Walking from a party last night, we came across this London classic suburban evening scenario. A fox and a cat having a quiet but respectful conversation regarding territory, or perhaps a sit down of a perfect harmony? I couldn’t tell from their body language if there was much tension between them, or they were actual friends. One thing is for sure. Both the cat and the fox were tempted to come to us and check us out. Would you stroke a fox?

© Paulo Estriga, Whistle, 2014

© Paulo Estriga, Whistle, 2014

Hi there!

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Have a great summer!

Sx

 

After eight years since my graduation from the BA Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, I’m returning to study at The University of the Arts London. I’m thrilled to be accepted to the MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins. I’ve been feeling settled for many years with my BA, having the best times in my studio doing various projects, but somehow this year something has changed, I’ve become even more hungry to learn. It all happened so suddenly, and now I’m a student again, beginning a two year full time MA at the end of September 2014.

http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/about-csm/facilities/virtual-tours/granary/

For super curious, a virtual tour of CSM here. http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/about-csm/facilities/virtual-tours/granary/

How do I feel? Well, I’m very excited and terrified at the same time. Do I know how to be at UNI after all this time? Saying that, I’ve a good idea about what I’m interested in and Nathan, our course leader reassured me, it’s very different than being an undergraduate student. We all will be very keen to learn, serious about our art and science path, and we will have lots of opportunities to link and network. I’m very happy about my decision to do this. I can’t wait to meet my 19 class mates now, and explore the art & science angle in my practice!

So my art studio will be moving to a different location. I had been interviewed perhaps for the last time in my long term art studio at Unit 3 this August. Lovely team from online TV skcz.tv wanted to know where my inspirations come from, and they asked me about my transition from Poprad, Slovakia to London in January 1999, when I became a Londoner. I’d like to say a big thank you to SKCZ.TV! The document is in Slovak only, if you don’t speak it but you’re curious about my studio, soon to be moved to CSM, you might like to watch?

Until next time!

S

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