The Hosts: Ectoplasmic Variations
an exhibition of new work by
Preview 17 April, 6-9pm
18 April – 10 May, 2015
Fri-Sun, 12-5pm or by appointment
Over the course of The Hosts: Ectoplasmic Variations, a sound experiment fusing sculpture and voice will unfold at Rhubaba.
An army of ceramic warriors lie in wait, wounded, amputated and punctured possibly an itinerant group of mercenaries or a rabble of dissidents. These warriors are waiting to be activated by Serena Korda and the Rhubaba Choir over the course of the exhibition in a call to arms combining voice and percussion, drawing upon a rich history of jugs being used as musical instruments from country blues jug bands to the psychedelic rock of the 13th Floor Elevators.
Exploring the process and materiality of object and sound Serena will work with the choir during live Saturday rehearsals that will lead to a performance of the evolving musical score on Saturday 2nd April 2015.
Each ceramic vessel bears the face of a bearded man, referencing Bellermine Jugs of the 16th century used as common household objects. During the Witch Hunts of the 17th Century these jugs were transformed in to “Witches Bottles” a form of sympathetic magic used to ward off evil. A kind of voodoo ensued as the body of the male vessel was filled with urine, bent nails and votive cloth hearts, hoping to cause pain to any ‘witch’ that posed a threat.
Korda’s interest in magic and superstition will use the “Witches Bottles” as a vehicle to explore notions of gender and hysteria through the lens of war. This insurgent armies sonic journey will consider how ritual is embedded in acts of violence. As our inability to be natural born killers leads to bloodshed being drilled into us, seeing war transform the act of violence into a sacralised event.
Serena Korda: A singing workshop
Saturday 18th April, 11am—3pm
Rhubaba, 25 Arthur Street,
Edinburgh, EH6 5DA
(Suggested donation of £5)
Join us for the last in a new series of singing workshops led by performers and artists with the Rhubaba Choir.
The Last workshop will be with Serena Korda on Saturday 18th April, 11am-3pm at Rhubaba.
Serena Korda is an artist based in London making film, performance and sculpture. Serena will be working at Rhubaba throughout April on her project, The Hosts: Ectoplasmic Variations. This workshop will form part of her project, where Serena will introduce her Witches Bottles; an army of ceramic vessels inspired by 16th Century Bellarmine Jugs used during the Suffolk Witch Hunts to ward off evil.
Using the voice as a percussive tool, we will work together to examine the resonance of the jugs, developing a rousing call to arms for these ceramic warriors.
It doesn’t matter if you have been in a choir before or only sing in your shower, if you enjoy singing, please come along and lend your voice. We’d love to have you! All are welcome (booking essential). Come along to Rhubaba where we will be serving lunch and refreshments for everybody involved.
The Hosts: Ectoplasmic Variations has been made with the support of Rhubaba, Camden Arts Centre, Smiths Row and King’s College London.