Laura Fisher | FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) R&D

Laura Fisher | October 2021

4 - 8 October & 18 - 22 October

During this residency, Laura will continue the R&D for FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace), giving focus to individual elements of the production design alongside the movement material. They will be joined by project collaborators Thulani Rachia (Dramaturgy) and Zephyr Liddell (Costume Design).

FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) is a durational performance installation for gallery spaces by Laura Fisher. In an intimate, choreographic collaboration between the artist’s body and sheets of copper metal, FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) explores processes of <body>heat generation and exchange during movement and rest. Through cycles of moving and resting together a physical collaboration develops in which disabled body and metal support and enable each other's movement; bending, heating, cooling, resting and imprinting on one another over time. Through this process, sculptural forms gradually emerge, holding on their surface marks of the physical exchange which has occurred.

Drawing parallels between the material properties of the sheet metal and the artist’s body which experiences chronic pain, FORGED, explores themes of dependency, intimacy, rest and corrosion.

Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Dave Toole OBE Bursary Fund and Creative Scotland

Laura Fisher | Lead Artist

Thulani Rachia | Dramaturgy

Zephyr Liddell | Costume & Textile Design

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Company Sharing

Open Studio (Gentle) Practice on Tuesday 5th October 11:45 – 13:00. Laura will share some gentle, open-ended invitations they are currently working with; exploring active rest, pleasurable movement pathways, and bringing warmth. Practitioners are also welcome to attend and engage in their own gentle or restorative practice in the space. The studio will remain open for self directed / community practice until 17:00 for those who would like to stay in the space. Please note that Laura will not be present from 13:00.

Creative Scotland
Supported by Edinburgh
Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council