Stryx opened its doors last Monday for an intimate event with a few friends. Having only one plug socket and no lighting was a slight technical issue, but by inviting our guests to bring a bulb we managed to illuminate the space and prevent any serious injury.
All members of Stryx submitted a minute long film to represent our current practice, and put them in a collective sequence to mark our individual practice coming together, forming a cooperative. Running around the TV's we also mapped out the Birmingham Canal line to show our current status as an emerging collective, currently making the on-going commitment to making new friends and networks, and strengthening our current ones.
Not forgetting of course.... our amazing feast! Well, if we
just close our eyes and imagine the Butter Me Up carton wasn't there, it
would make this photo go from an eight to a nine at least?We had a really great turnout so we'd all like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and made it a brilliant night.
After a series of delays and mishaps, Stryx have finally cut the keys and have entered the building! Better late than never.
Although we had hoped to enter the building a little earlier in order to formulate our programme, we already have some interesting events to look forward to.
We had a productive meeting on Monday with the tenants of Warwick Bar, and are pleased to announce that Stryx will be holding an event to coincide with IKON Slow Boat's event, Ikon Youth Programme Presents, to be held at Warwick Bar.
More details of our launch will be announced shortly. But remember to keep the 14th and 15th of December free so you can visit us and see the exciting events that will be happening in the area on that weekend.
Stryx met Artist collective Hand in Glove yesterday for a quick pint at the Old Crown, and a chat about how we could get involved in their upcoming events. We have been invited to provide a response to INTERPLAY, an artist-led group knowledge exchange event to be held at Z Shed in Bristol. We hope that this will provide Stryx with more collaborative opportunities for the near future, and we are already going over a few ideas for what we could bring to this event. Other Birmingham based artists and collectives Eastside Projects, An Endless Supply, Grand Union and The Lombard Method, will also be featuring at the event. The event will consist of a variety of activities from performances, artist talks, exhibitions and so on. So it looks to be a very exciting an interactive event! INTERPLAY is happening on 17th November, at Z Shed in Bristol. It kicks off at 2pm onwards with FREE admission for the public.
In response to 'Void', Aly and Sophie were intrigued by
incomprehensibility of envisioning a physical void, as doing so would
destroy the void's inherent characteristic of being unattached from an
outside, and infinite in size.
Through the vision of the absolute
nothing - that is, before creation - and the absolute infinite of the
universe we live in. Sophie and Aly illustrate the battle between
science and religion, which help people explain the great phenomenon of
our origins within the universe and beyond; can one exist without the
Patty Cake is a viral sensation on the internet, which shows humans
casting their imagination on their cats by giving them voices and
personalities that are akin to human behaviour. The forms and shapes
created by the cats playing 'patty cake' are reminiscent of Egyptian
hieroglyphics, which mirrors the current explosion of cat-culture as
having a religious following. Furthermore, by projecting human
behaiviour onto cats, it is not hard to see that people perceive cats as
a 'blank canvas' due to the cats famous mysterious nature. Therefore,
cats are a suitable medium for people to attempt to give meaning and
personality to, as artists would an inanimate object.
Stryx artists Sophie Bullock and Karolina Korupczynska have been busy making work for new exhibition 'Invasion'. It looks to be a really exciting event with over 40 artists making a momentary invasion of an abandoned building in the jewellery quarter.
Karolina will be showing her degree show work, 'The Innate Fluidty of Personal Expansion', where Sophie will be showing new work (which does not currently have a title!!).
If you around Birmingham Friday at around 5, please do drop by at:
Sorry for being slightly off the radar lately. We've been so busy with forms and applications and all of the boring stuff that we've had no time to update you! So here it goes....
We move into our building on the 24th September, and we'd love to invite you all to see the space there and then, but we want to make it a little bit special for you all. So, we're currently working on a date in October to invite you all into our space, have a chat, see what we're all working on and let you know about what we have planned for the future. We're so excited to let you all in!
Stryx's Sophie was in the Minerva Works building yesterday to visit Grand Union, and pined at the window of Unit 13.... Stryx!
Here's a little sneak preview of the space we're inhabiting, a beautiful blank canvas to put our mark on!!
So we'd absolutely love to have you all come to our opening night, we'll give you all the necessary details as soon as we know.