Liz Rideal was invited by Professor Gill Perry of the Open Arts Archive to consider recording her views about the nature of creativity and the processes of making art, whilst on a cotton research trip in India funded by the British Academy. The purpose of the visit was to shoot film, take still images and collect samples of contemporary cotton; to comment on these processes and with her co-researcher Professor Stephanie Tailby, to interview people involved in the textile trade.
The film is projected by night onto the two sets of vertical stairwell windows at the Whitworth Art Gallery. Light Curtain illuminates the windows accompanied by LEDs in other parts of the building, evoking a twinkling Victorian/Indian Gothic cake with cascades of colour and light.Three sets of recordings from the project are accessible, and are presented below.
Liz Rideal’s Journal:
Liz Rideal. A spoken autobiographical journal focussing on her approaches to solving creative work problems and the connections she could see and appreciate between aspects of Indian life and her own art work.
Aditi Ranjan and Romanie Jaitly with Liz Rideal
Aditi Ranjan, Principal Designer, Textile, Apparel & Accessory Design at the National Institute of Design discusses with her colleague Romanie Jaitly, Coordinator Textile Discipline, a selection of tangential issues connected to fabric and further education.
Sapan K. Mukerjee with Liz Rideal
Sapan K. Mukerjee, CEO – Spinning, at ALOK Industries Limited gives us a wonderful overview of the cotton industry in India.