About Avi Allen

Artist and Co Founder of Lle Celf Capel Y Graig Artspace. I took on Capel Y Graig and its attached Ty Capel in 2003 and spent the next 8 years, together with my dad Chris Allen, restoring and renovating the Capel. During this period I also studied at the West Wales School of The Arts, Carmarthen, gaining a BA Fine Art. I have taught Critical and Contextual Studies at Foundation and BA Level. Within my practice I am interested in revealing and disrupting hierarchies and inherent asymmetrical power relations.

Wild Philosophy; Raving, Running, Reading | Athroniaeth Wyllt; Gwallgofi, Rhedeg, Darllen.

31/08/18 – 03/09/18

Prosiect gan Joanne Matthews fel rhan o DIY 15: 2018, wedi ei greu gan LADA (Asiantaeth Datblygu CelfyddydFyw ) a’i gefnogi gan Peilot, Chapter.

A project by Joanne Matthews as part of DIY 15: 2018, created by LADA (Live Art Development Agency) and supported by Peilot, Chapter.

 

 

‘An intensive rural retreat, reading theory and philosophy for women who are tentative to do so, channelling punk, rave energies and radical sensitivity….

The academic world can be a hierarchical and dusty place of power, a place that often feels exclusive. This DIY is about breaking down the class, and race privilege of academia and valuing responses to reading theories which are immediate, bodily and fun. The big players in theory and philosophy are often white and male, this project aims distort this power relationship. We will spend time reading women philosophers and thinkers from diverse racial backgrounds…

….a drinking game with Angela Davis, a rave in our pants with Simone De Beauvoir and running through rugged moorland with Iris Murdoch… ‘

Joanne Matthews.

‘Encilfa dwys cefn gwlad, damcaniaeth darllen ac athroniaeth i fenywod sy’n betrus amdani, sianelu pync, egnïon gloddest a hydymdeimledd radicalaidd….

Gall y byd academaidd fod yn lle hierarchaidd, llwchlyd o bŵer, lle sy’n ymddangos llawer gwaith yn gyfyngedig. Mae’r DIY hwn ynglŷn â thorri braint dosbarth a hil y byd academaidd a gwerthfawrogi ymatebion i ddamcaniaethau darllen sy’n uniongyrchol, yn gorfforol ac yn hwyliog. Mae’r chwaraewyr mawr ym myd damcaniaeth ac athroniaeth yn aml yn wyn ac yn wryw; mae’r prosiect hwn yn bwriadu ystumio’r perthynas pŵer hwn. Treuliwn ni amser yn darllen athronwyr a meddylwyr sy’n fenyw ac sydd o amryfal gefndiroedd hiliol…

….gêm yfed gydag Angela Davis, gloddest wyllt gyda Simone De Beauvoir a rhedeg dros y gweundir garw gydag Iris Murdoch… ‘

Joanne Matthews

Reading List

‘Radical Listening: A Manifesto’ by Soofiya and Andry from Strike Magazine Radical Pedagogy issue 19

‘Introduction’ from Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice, by Pauline Oliveros

‘Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power’ from Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

‘Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex, and Public Space’ from Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

‘The Mind at Three Miles an Hour’ from Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

‘Concrete Flowers: Contemplating the Profession of Philosophy’ in Hypatia Journal by Kristie Dotson

‘Rhythm and Matter: In Praise of the Dancing Body’ from Strike Magazine Body Issue 18

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Methodology of the Oppressed Theory Out of Bounds by Chela Sandoval

Teaching to Transgress Education as the practice of Freedom by bell hooks

Gender as Seriality: Thinking about Women as a Social Collective in Journal of Women in Culture and Society Volume 19, Number 3

 

PlayList

more punk

more rave

 

Women

Claudia Jefferies

Jenny Gaskell

Ulijona Odisarija

Caitlin Webb-Ellis

Ali Wates

Avi Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Matthews

 

Responses

I will take away the beginnings of a more organic and fluid approach to making work, using dancing and moving my body as a way to open up my brain to the flow of ideas. I do this a lot anyway, but this weekend affirmed the value of it for me.  It has given me a desire to read more. The philosophical ideas we discussed as a group, particularly Audre Lorde’s ideas of The Erotic have given me new standards to strive for in my work and life.  

The experience showed me how nourishing it can be to take a break from men (!) and spend time discussing ideas with women.  This is something I’d like to do more often.

Claudia Jefferies

 

In no order of importance:
New thinkers/artists/writers/musicians/publications/podcasts to research and incorporate into my practice.
New friends and acquaintances in different disciplines.
Alternative ways of approaching philosophical or theoretical texts and finding understanding.
Practical and philosophical ideas relating to how I communicate and listen in my daily interactions with other people.
Tools for reflection and meditative practice – deep/radical listening.
The importance of a mid afternoon rest/nap for mental and physical wellbeing.

An acceptance of my body as it is.
The desire to be more activist in my daily life and practice.
A feeling that my body is alive and strong.
Fun memories.
Ideas for my upcoming participatory project, and current film project.
Concepts to test with my collaborative partner.
Confidence to go naked and not be ashamed.
A sense of strength as a woman – rebellious images and memories from this weekend simmering inside like a powerful secret

Yeast flakes!!

Caitlin Webb-Ellis

 

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Y LLYFRGELL ACHUB | THE SAVED LIBRARY

 

 

 

08/09/18 – 09/09/18

 

‘Achup – gafael neu ddaliad (o dir)
Achubion – y pethau sy’n goroesi, neu gael eu cadw/arbed

Pa lyfrau wnewch chi achub?

Yn aml, ystyrir casgliadau llyfrgell yn bethau parhaol a pharhaus, cronfa o wybodaeth sydd rhywsut yn dragwyddol ac yn ddigyfnewid.
Ond pwy sydd yn penderfynnu pa wybodaeth sy’n cael ei chasglu?’

‘Sauver – to keep (safe), protect, redeem
Salvus – reserve for future use

Which books will you save…?

Library collections are often imbued with a sense of permanency, a repository of knowledge that is categorised, fixed and eternal.
But who decides what material should be collected? ‘

Daeth menywod at ei gilydd o dros Brydain a phob un yn dod â thri llyfr gyda hi, er mwyn creu llyfrgell dros dro o waith gan fenywod yng Nghapel y Graig yn Ffwrnais, Ceredigion.

Gan ddechrau ar ddydd Sadwrn yr 8fed of Fedi ac yn parhau hyd oriau mân bore Sul byddant yn darllen yn uchel o’r llyfrau hyn, heb egwyl. Llenwir gofod y Capel â lleisiau a geiriau menywod ar faterion mawr a mân…

A group of women have come together from across the UK, each bringing three books with them, to create a temporary library of the work of women authors at Capel y Graig in Furnace, Ceredigion.

On Saturday 8th and on into the early hours of Sunday morning they will have been reading aloud from this library in an uninterrupted flow. The space will be charged with the words and voices of many women on matters great and small…

At 3pm the Library will close and the women and the books will disperse….

Bydd y llyfrgell yn cau am 3 o’r gloch a bydd y menywod a’r llyfrau yn gwasgaru…

The women and the books they chose for The Saved Library in order they were received at Capel y Graig:

Avi Allen

Man made language by Dale Spender

Always more than one by Erin Manning

Teaching to transgress by bell hooks

Naomi Heath

A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Tide-race by Brenda Chamberlain

Christine Watkins

Must by Peggy Shaw

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

At the root of this longing by Carol Lee Flinders

Jacqueline Durban

Midwifing Death by Leslene de la Madre

52 Flowers that shook my world by Charlotte du Cann

Honey for tea by Karin Celestine

Sarah Arkle

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

The Sea, The Sea by iris Murdoch

The Book of Hag by Carolyn Hillier

Rowan O’Neill

Map of a nation by Rachel Hewitt

Strike for a Kingdom by Menna Gallie

How to put on a community play by Ann Jellicoe

Fern Smith

Moon Magic by Dion Fortune

The Change by Germaine Greer

Living the Magical Life by Suzi Gablik

Fiona Collins

The Left hand of darkness by Ursula K. le Guin

The Mabinogion by Sioned Davies (ed.)

Llestri’r Dylluan cyf. Bethan Gwanas

Gauri Raje

Sita’s Ascent by Vayu Naidu

Our Non-Veg Cow and other stories by Mahasweta Devi

A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland

Angharad Davies

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

The production of money by Ann Pettifor

Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

 

 

Prosiect gan Christine Watkins, Avi Allen and Naomi Heath

A project by Christine Watkins, Avi Allen and Naomi Heath