Manual – A subjective guide to life in public space.

Peacock Visual Arts are pleased to host Manual, a public participatory event that forms part of the research towards a new film work by artist and filmmaker Cecilia Stenbom.

The event will consist of a series of one-to-one interviews that explore people’s everyday behaviours and habits in public space. Participants will be encouraged to talk about their own experiences, routines and preferences within the framework of everyday situations; How do you choose a seat in a restaurant? What do you do in order to feel secure? Does surveillance make you feel safe or watched? Do you take measures to avoid catching infections from other people? Do you have a system for staying safe in public space? How do you act when you run into someone you don’t want to run into? What do you find unacceptable behaviour? Do you have a preferred toilet cubicle?

The interviews will inform and influence a fictional short film that will be screened in Aberdeen in 2014.

The event will take place on Friday 15 + Saturday 16 November between 10 – 4pm at Seventeen 5 – 17 Belmont Street.

To register your interest or if you want more information please contact Pre-booking is not essential but preferable to avoid waiting times. The interviews will be recorded. Participants under the age of eighteen need parents consent. Everyone who takes part in the event will be credited in the finished film unless the wish to remain anonymous. The individual interviews will take about 15-20 minutes.

Cecilia Stenbom

Cecilia Stenbom’s work is concerned with notions of identity in a consumer driven and information rich culture and how even the most mundane and seemingly unassuming moments are affected by the abundance of information surrounding us. She examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within entertainment, mass media, retail, and domestic life. She works across media including video/film, installation, drawing and painting. Originally from Sweden, Stenbom has been based in Iceland, Finland and Scotland before moving to England in 2005. She is represented by Workplace Gallery (Gateshead/London) and a member of AV-arkki (Helsinki). Recent projects include: The Case, film commission by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Berwick visual arts. Artist-in-residence at MAWA, Winnipeg, Canada. Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive solo exhibition at Kaapelin Galleria, Helsinki, Finland. Happy Fashion, Group Exhibition at VIAINDUSTRAE, Perugia, Italy. The Artist Cut, commission by Northern FIlm & Media in association with Channel4.

This project is kindly supported by Arts Council England.