Domestic Matters: Distilling Geographies, Identities, and Boundaries

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:00am to Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 6:00pm
Urban Arts Space


Reception

Thursday | March 3 | 6 to 8pm

Domestic Matters explores the intimate geographies and everyday life practices in the Agrarian South. Combining mixed media, moving bodies and constructions of recycled materials and familiar spaces, the company entertains questions of art as a necessity and the embodiment of socio-cultural norms, socio-economics and constructions of identity. Using materials (tar, reclaimed wood, corrugated metal, house paint, photographs), dancing bodies, stories and recipes of the South, Domestic Matters works with memory, displacement, concepts of home, and the complexities of gender, race and sexuality.

Working with collected materials of the geographical location, Domestic Matters' Nicole Bauguss and Mair Culbreth investigate the ways in which the stories and material culture are reflected and created through repurposing. Seeking to create a multisensory experience through installation and audience engagement, Bauguss and Culbreth contemplate the value of everyday rituals and materials in a gallery setting encouraging the audience to occupy the space in familiar and unfamiliar ways. Familiarity through multiple senses elicits the power of memory, personal stories and re-connection, engaging seemingly disparate groups in diverse commonalities.

With process and product revealed simultaneously, the project explores the process of creating, constructing and deconstructing as an engaged, critical frame for articulating assumptions, perspectives and power dynamics; how we reflect and also create society. Domestic Matters engages with a spectrum of sensory experience (sight, smell, taste and touch) through the textures of the structure, installation, sound, and movement components. Interaction with the space and objects installed is encouraged to offer a deeply considered, connected experience with art. The elements of this installation are accessible to multiple modes of experience such as the touch tour offered by the OSU Urban Arts Space.

Throughout the course of the exhibition the Space will be inhabited by a choreographed performance of old and new dances with local artists-performers from the OSU Department of Dance and professional artists in Columbus.

Visit the events calendar to learn more about the installation performance series.

Performance Dates

  • Thursday, March 3, 2011 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 10, 2011 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 12, 2011 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 17, 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 2011 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:00pm-9:00pm

Collaborators Include:

Erik Abbott-Main, Dante Brown, Elaine Berman, Amanda Byars, Noelle Chun, Dave Covey, Brian Devine, Courtney Harris, Daniel Holt, Leigh Lotocki, Fiona Lundie, Andre Morgan, Michael Morris, Scott Neal, Amanda Platt, Jessica Reed, Erik Speth, Jeremy Stone, Michael Wall, Abby Zbikowski.

Domestic Matters is funded by the Vera J. Blaine New Projects Fund and the Stella J. Becker Dance Scholarship. Special thanks to Andrew Ullom, Andy Spessard Photography, James Wickens and Fiona Lundie.

Domestic Matters is sponsored by:

Whole Foods Market, Dragonfly Neo-V Cusine Design Services, and Columbus Architectural Salvage.

between the lines is an interdisciplinary art lab dedicated to research through multiple methodologies and modes of learning centered on the creative process. Integrating practice-based research and knowledge with a critical framework, between the lines considers questions of collaboration, community, power, self-reflexivity and artistic practice. As an artistic research lab, it generates questions and ideas, working with local communities, histories and collaborators. The media emerges from the questions.

Co-founded by visual artist/builder Nicole Bauguss and movement researcher/choreographer, Mair Culbreth, the lab synthesizes different disciplinary frameworks to create an environment for something new to emerge.

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