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daily until January 20, 2019

Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease


Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to announce Not Yet At Ease, a major commission by the internationally renowned Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective. The work is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The centrepiece of the show is a video and sound installation that unfolds within a labyrinthine architectural form, which has been inspired by the artists’ investigations into materials and structures used in institutions that housed injured and distressed soldiers while they awaited remission, recovery and release during and immediately after the First World War. Within this space, the artists have conceived an immersive environment that features a 12-track soundscape and an array of video screens and projections. Sounds and images explore and extend the testimonies of Indian soldiers in the First World War. The work also features transcripts of letters and diaries, close readings of medical records and official dispatches, extracts from novels and poetry, and accounts of dreams and nightmares. These are interspersed with fragments of archival film and photography, spectral snatches of voices captured in hundred-year-old sound recordings, as well as the artists’ own reflections on a conflict that they believe never ended, producing a textured narrative fabric of sources and surprises. Raqs Media Collective have based this major new work on their understanding that symptoms of profound neural and psychic distress induced by violence (now recognised as post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]) were first observed by military censors while reading the correspondence of Indian soldiers. The censors noticed what they called – ‘a tendency to break into poetry’ – in the letters that the Indian soldiers wrote from battlefields, barracks and hospitals. Says Raqs Media Collective: ‘Despite this early recognition of exceptional responses to extraordinary conditions, Indian soldiers, like many soldiers in the lower ranks of the British Empire’s forces, were never seen as actual victims of ‘shell shock’. The assumed lack of an interior life in the Indian soldiers led their distress to be slotted away instead as Not Yet Diagnosed (Nervous). ‘Not Yet At Ease gives voice to the conditions that the military medical authorities refused to listen to. It considers their echoes across the time of a hundred years, and invites visitors to explore interlinked histories of war, poetry, sanity and madness while navigating the work’s many layers.’ Not Yet At Ease also includes a new commission for Firstsite’s iconic 140-metre long curved wall. The mural will predominantly be a bold blue colour inspired by the ‘Hospital Blues’ uniform worn by convalescing soldiers in British military hospitals, an example of which is in the Imperial War Museums’ collection where Raqs Media Collective conducted much of their research. This intense background will be overlaid with drawings and texts that depict archival medical sketches of nerves, used by doctors of the period to attempt to explain mental conditions by recourse to physical processes and symptoms. Creating a network of language and image as the artwork unfolds along the length of Firstsite’s gallery spaces, the artists dissect phrases and expressions such as ‘a bag of nerves’, ‘a battle of nerves’, ‘a war of nerves’, ‘nerves of steel’ as they discard the crucial word ‘nerve’. This gesture builds a poetic incompleteness across the work that creates an abstract, almost codex-like pattern viewers can decipher, and acts as a moving metaphor for what a person might have lost through conflict. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive events programme – in the artists’ terms a ‘Theory Opera’ – which will bring together a cohort of creative practitioners, artists and poets with international academics, historians and scientists to present ideas and discussion around the themes of the show, considering their relevance today, not just historically.

Venue:
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester

When:
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10.00am -
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 5.00pm


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Nexus Networking - Successful Business Networking - Marks Tey


There is an art to successful business networking and this is an area we have focused on, test, measured and improved upon on an ongoing basis to help business get the most from business networking. We all buy from people, subsequently, there is no greater means of investment for your business than to pay for this privilege. Whilst doing trade with those at the meetings is important, truly successful business networking comes through connecting one another with contacts outside of the meeting and this comes through; trust, knowledge, understanding, discussions and asking questions. With the end in mind, this is why we have designed Nexus Networking to be a structured business networking experience which is proven to be successful for any size business in any industry and we welcome you to put this to the test. Come and see what we're all about!!

Venue:
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel
London Road Marks Tey

When:
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 6.30am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Spooky Stop Motion, 7+


Make spine-tingling films with our selection of spooky props and sets. Then, add scary sounds and eerie music to create your animated thriller. Using a range of art materials and props, you will create your own eerie animation using our professional animation software and miniature cameras – all under the guidance of our expert tutors.

Venue:
Signals Media Arts Centre
Signals, St Runwald Street Colchester

When:
Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10.00am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Spooky HALLOWEEN roller disco



Venue:
Dovercourt Skate Rink
Lower Marine Parade Harwich

When:
Thu, 25 Oct 2018 7.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Gory Make-up, 9+


Come to Signals for the perfect halloween preparation and transform yourself into a macabre monster or a ghastly ghoul.This workshop is led by professional make-up artist Melanie Winning who’s previous clients include; BBC, DreamWorks, Disney, The Royal Opera House and The English National Theatre.

Venue:
Signals Media Arts Centre
Signals, St Runwald Street Colchester

When:
Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10.00am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Horror Film In A Day, 11+


Fiendish filmmaking fun. Work in crews to make a short film, with the chance to use makeup and special effects. Experiment with lights, cameras and sound equipment to make your own scary short film.

Venue:
Signals Media Arts Centre
Signals, St Runwald Street Colchester

When:
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10.00am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Oasis Coffee & Jazz Evening


Coffee and Jazz evening, featuring FreeJazz

Venue:
Oasis
2 Connaught Avenue Bradwell on Sea

When:
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 7.30pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Adventure Day for Young People aged 8 - 15 years in Essex


Join us for our adventure day for young people at Essex Wildlife Trusts headquarters. The day will include den building, ropes, cooking on a fire, wood crafts, using tools and creating art from natural materials! This opportunity gives young people born with a cleft the opportunity to meet others with similar experiences in a fun outdoor environment. As this is an outdoor activity, please wear suitable clothing, as detailed; We will meet at; Abbotts Hall Farm Maldon Road Colchester CO5 7RZ Please be there by 09:00, so that we can start the session promptly. Any problems before or on the day then please contact Daniel Richards [email protected] 07772 684398. Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre Office contact number: 01621 862960 Attendance is free and paid for by CLAPA.  Places are limited.  If you wish to attend then please register.  If you change your mind or your plans change then please cancel your place so we can offer it to someone else.  Places at an event such as this are valued at over £20.00 per person and as places are paid for in advance we do not get refunds for anyone who cancels/doesn't turn up.  Please do give someone else the opportunity if you can't make it.

Venue:
Abbotts Hall Farm
Maldon Road Colchester

When:
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 9.00am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Hands on Halloween Reptile Encounter



Venue:
Dovercourt Skate Rink
Lower Marine Parade Harwich

When:
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11.00am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Cinema By The Sea - ANNABELLE CREATION



Venue:
Dovercourt Skate Rink
Lower Marine Parade Harwich

When:
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 8.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am

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