From January 3rd – 16th One Thoresby Street hosted a series of short residencies by New Midland Group associates Millie Quick, Miffy Ryan and Melanie Wheeler.
Millie Quick worked on her project ‘Egregorial: a testament engine’, described as ‘ritual, reflection and revelation in her memory shrine. One Thoresby Street in Sneinton is the perfect place to pause, look back and reach forward.’ Audiences were invited to discuss the power of memory for community building, and take part in the shaping of the egregore: a reflection of people and power.
Miffy Ryan activated the space with the Lone Ones Collective, exploring Art Activism, questioning if society can self organise, and thinking about Palle Nielsen’s ‘The Model – A Model for a Qualitative Society’ (In 1968 Palle Nielsen approached the Moderna Museet in Stockholm with a proposal for turning the museum into an adventure playground).
The collective looked at themes of Queer Reproduction and the connections between supernatural, folklore and liminal land in a queer context.
Melanie Wheeler focused on creating costumes, votive objects and rituals and inviting the public into the space to participate in reenactments / reenlivenings of ancient water rituals that were practiced by Pre-Christian Water Cults.
This work in progress explored; rituals of care, participation, animism and an experiment in thinking about folklore, connections with land and watery bodies, environmental cultures and ‘A new mode of post-human feminist phenomenology that understands our bodies as being fundamentally part of the natural world and not separate from or privileged to it’ developed in – Bodies of Water by Astrida Neimanis 2017
Images by Ismail Khokon, Sophie Mackfall, Miffy Ryan