Air; Emerging

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Maija Liepins with component parts of Tony Spencer’s Octahedron sculpture


On 2 August 2020, Tony Spencer gathered three of his collaborators to examine and respond to his work-in-progress Octahedron, part of a five part geometric sculpture series. On the tips of four pyramids he placed a single octahedron into which I, Maija, placed an iphone set to record. The cavities on either side of the resultant pyramid somehow invited one to stick ones head in. An experimental vocal soundscape emerged.

Click here to listen. 

At times it sounds like we are under water, or in four different caves, singing under ground. What does it sound like to you?

As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. 

CAS Associate Artists Christine Dodd and Maija Liepins are exhibiting their work in Nothing Is Immediate with Tony Spencer at Chapel Arts Studios Andover this November. You can follow their process on this blog throughout 2020.

Maija Liepins
Instagram: @maijaliepins

Christine Dodd
Instagram: @christinedoddartist

Tony Spencer
Instagram: @tonyspencerarts
Facebook: @TonySpencerSoundTherapy

Samantha Britton
Instagram: @serenitysoundforthesoul


This blog was written by Maija Liepins for #NothingIsImmediate

Preparing for Spearman in The Gambia

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Our preparation to deliver the Spearman project in The Gambia had been challenged by a military intervention from neighbouring West African countries to evict president Jammeh out of the presidential office. The process created chaos in the country as 26,000 Gambians, fearful that violence could erupt, sought refuge in Senegal and thousands of UK tourists were evacuated just days before we were scheduled to travel.

We discussed the potential danger of travel and the significance of supporting people in the country through the project. Fortunately my good friend and International photo journalist Jason Florio was in the country to provide a personal update on the situation through social media messaging, and we decided to go.

It was an eventful journey, but once in the country we started the process of preparation, including constructing a projection screen, promoting the project through flyers, stickers on taxis and on geli geli’s (busses) and an interview on Big Sam’s radio station in the Town of Brikama, with an active audience across The Gambia and South Senegal. Internet access in the small village of Kartong is not very reliable, and Kye worked extremely hard to share our progress with people back in England through social media such as twitter and facebook.

We visited the department of the Minister of Arts and Culture, however we could not arrange a personal meeting as the Presidential Office was in the process of re-structure.

Over the next ten days myself, Kye and the members of Kouma Kan worked extremely hard to incorporate the work into the rehearsals, making sure that Spearman through digital embodiment was reintegrated into the group.

We are extremely grateful to all the staff at Sandele Eco-lodge, Kouma Kan musicians and dancers, the Kartong Festival staff, Karting village community and people of The Gambia for their support.