School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Leeds LS2 9JT
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm.
Exhibition free: all welcome.
Private view: Tuesday 15 August, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Please RSVP by registering here on eventbrite.
‘Ma’ is a Japanese concept which describes relationships — spatial and temporal distances — between things; it is often explained as an aesthetic of ‘in-betweenness’, the empty space in between books on a bookshelf, or the space in time between the sunrise and sunset.
Ma exists between form and non-form, physical objects and empty space. In terms of Ma, empty space is not truly empty but instead is full of possibility, awaiting and inviting imagination by which it might be animated. The ‘emptiness’ of space, in other words, suggests to the listener/viewer that they could imagine some presence within it.
Room for Thought is an audio-visual installation which explores this notion of space, asking the listener/viewer to contemplate, during silences and in minimal visuals, the possibilities of what might fill it. In this way, the imagination of each individual audience member is the central part of this work: ‘There is no singular and universal impression of the “real-world”. What “real-world” means to each individual may be quite different […].’ (Andrew Hill, ‘Listening for Context: Interpretation, abstraction and the Real’, Organised Sound, 22.1 (2017), 11-19, p. 14)
Lottie Sadd recently graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Leeds, in which she aimed toward creating sound-art and installation works. Lottie’s compositional practice is often conceptual, using sound as a medium by which to convey her artistic ideas. Her interests lie in Eastern philosophy and aesthetics, as well as in the anthropology of sound and spirituality ― directions which she is looking to explore with her forthcoming postgraduate studies in Critical and Experimental Composition in the School of Music at the University of Leeds.
This exhibition of Room for Thought was made possible with the support of the Berkofsky Arts Award 2017, and with invaluable help from Scott McLaughlin, Sam Belinfante, Andrew Mills and Peter Morton.
Image: Room for Thought, Lottie Sadd