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60|40 Starting point series 2013: Manifold

Visual Art Exhibition
60|40 Starting point series: Manifold
Under the Influence

5 July – 4 August 2013

Siobhan Davies Dance had the pleasure to welcome back 60|40 for the fifth and final year of the Starting point series, the 60|40 collective made a departure from previous years by extending their invitation to studio group Manifold, who took a residency approach to the invitation. To mark the beginning of their three-month stay, they staged Under The Influence, an exhibition which explored the different inspirations and approaches taken by each individual studio member.

“It is necessary to have a master who by his teaching and precepts stirs and awakens the moral virtues whose seed is enclosed and buried in our souls.”
Baldesar Castiglione – Italian Renaissance courtier and author

“Under the Influence represents a collection of those masters who have had a key influence, and awoken things within each of the Manifold artists, whether or not they knew it at the time. This collection of artists, makers, musicians, teachers, writers and family members provides solid foundation to Manifold’s takeover of Siobhan Davies Studios this summer, offering a triangulation point between our influences, the place, and the work we make during our stay.”
Manifold, 2013

Manifold’s approach embraced Siobhan Davies Dance’s ethos of working with artists: a two-way exchange of knowledge, a mutually beneficial relationship that is responsive and not prescriptive. Rather than making work which is exhibited straight away, Manifold spent time in the building being influenced by the space, using the opportunity to examine their own practice deeply and how it fits into the wider context of the applied arts.

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Manifold is a group of nine artists and designers who founded a studio in an east London railway arch in 2010. United by ongoing enquiry into material and process, their individual activities include sculpture, digital art, process-driven product design, drawing, research, teaching, and progressive approaches to age-old ways of making. Shared knowledge and the power of the group are the pillars of Manifold’s HQ. Guest artists and makers also join the studio from time to time, to take part in collaborative projects.