Ambient Jam Collective invites you to an immersive, inclusive, sensory ‘happening’ evolving from 32 years of history, as part of Artist Archive.
Entelechy Arts’ Ambient Jam Collective is a vibrant ensemble of differently-abled artists who bring multi-sensory improvisation out of hiding and into engagement with the public. The collective has grown from weekly improvisations between people with profound, complex and learning disabilities (PMLD) and dance/music/sculpture artists. Improvisations are sensitive to site and locality, multi-textural, mindful, profound, playful, often wondrously messy, open to the unexpected and non-verbally led.
This Live Archive will further unhide Ambient Jam’s history and activism, foregrounding the contribution by our members with PMLD towards a uncompromisingly honest way of being together. Through a durational multi-sensory improvisation, we will share an embodied heritage, an archive held in the long-term relationships, trust and care between people.
Throughout the building will be a digital, tactile and archival trail of Ambient Jam’s history in the form of old films, scores, artists thoughts, carers insights and photographs. Mapping a history imprinted by different locations within Southeast London, this trail is woven by the many differently abled people, artists, carers, families, who have shaped and formed the Ambient Jam we have today. Deeply rooted in the local, owned by everyone. An improvisation to de-institutionalise ourselves.
At the studios
The jam takes place in the Roof Studio from 2pm – 3.30pm.
Free to attend
Book ahead or just turn up on the day.
What is it like to be at an AMBIENT JAM?
Ambient Jam events are open and accessible to people of any age from 0 to 100, to people with disabilities and wheelchair users. They are ‘durational happenings’, which means that you can stay as long as you like and leave when you like. At this event the jam will last for an hour and a half, followed by 30 mins of optional conversation.
Below you can watch a film documenting the live-work at Goldsmiths CCA with the Ambient Jam Collective and Roland Carline in 2019. Entelechy Arts have also put together a what to expect guide and a list of ways in which you might want join in – but the most important thing is that you have fun!
ABout the ArtistS
Ambient Jam Collective
Entelechy Arts’ Ambient Jam Collective is a vibrant ensemble of differently abled artists who bring multi-sensory improvisation out of hiding into engagement with the public. Improvisations are sensitive to site and locality, multi-textural, mindful, profound, playful and often wondrously messy; open to the unexpected and non-verbally led. The collective has grown from a 30-year collaboration of weekly improvisations between people with profound, complex and learning disabilities (PMLD) and dance/music/sculpture artists.
ACCESS AND AMENITIES AT SDS
Siobhan Davies Studios is mostly accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts to all floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. Blue Badge parking is also available nearby on West Square and Garden Row (for a full map visit the Southwark Council website). Our main door is power assisted.
- Changing facilities*
- Communal showers*
- Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets
- Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, and microwave (not fully accessible)
* Our changing facilities and showers are not fully accessible. Our closest publicly available and fully accessible changing facility is at The Castle Centre, a leisure centre 0.3 miles away from the studios. You can find full details of their features here.