5th March – Review of Prof. Paul Edwards’ Talk

Paul Edwards' talk on Wyndham Lewis

Paul Edwards’ talk on Wyndham Lewis

The Falling Backwards team felt inspired this evening by the well attended and fascinating Prof. Paul Edwards’ talk ‘Modernism through Wyndham Lewis’.

Paul covered a vast amount of ground within his one hour lecture, moving from his first sight of Lewis’s art at the Tate in 1967, and the “puzzled excitement” he felt, to his first glimpse of the UEA ziggurats. He even had time to point out a “family resemblance” between part of Christ’s College Cambridge and UEA: something definitely worth a google.

Rather poetically the ziggurats were described as encroaching like a line of surf onto the green before them, whist at the same time retreating. Something Ruth’s work was seen to highlight as ‘I’m neither here nor there’ emphasised this encroachment of Denys Lasdun’s campus onto nature, but in a more fragile and transient manner.

Other elements of Ruth’s work were also considered. In ‘Philosophical deportment’ Ruth was a “skeleton of perfection”, displaying the reality of imperfection as she would inevitably drop the books she carried. Whilst ‘Wonder/Wander’ responded to Lewis’ “cosmic dance” with random walking became rhythmic creating a drawing which appears as a strangely elegant and human apparition.

Paul concluded his talk by defining Ruth’s work as not quite modernism but ‘after modernism’. The works in Falling Backwards, he explained, do not intend to leave a permanent mark on the landscape, instead, the only trace remaining will be their performance.

28th February – Mustard TV interview with Ruth Proctor

Ruth Proctor being interviewed by Mustard TV

Ruth Proctor being interviewed by Mustard TV

Mustard TV, the Norfolk based online TV company, were invited along on the day of the exhibition opening to talk to Ruth about Falling Backwards and the way in which the UEA campus has inspired the artworks.

Watch the short video here…http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/channels/news/uea_buildings_inspire_artist_1_1962838

The private view later on in the evening marked the official beginning of the exhibition, with speeches from Ruth and Bronwen Wilson, head of the School of Art History and World Art Studies.  The exhibition is open daily from 10-5pm, until 9th June.

21st February – the making of “I’m neither here nor there”…

The making of I'm neither here nor there, Ruth Proctor, 2013The making of: I'm neither here nor there, Ruth Proctor, 2013

The making of I’m neither here nor there, Ruth Proctor, 2013

Yesterday saw the filming of the last piece of work for the exhibition.  Ruth braved the bitterly cold day (thankfully there was no snow), to create the giant chalk circles which lie between the ziggurat halls of residence.  Attached to pre-positioned pegs in the centres of the circles, Ruth used a sports-ground chalk marker to trace her cyclical journey and mark out the route taken.  By repeating her actions, the lines were strengthened; by moving to a new space, the white shape was retraced again and again.

The making of I'm neither here nor there, Ruth Proctor, 2013

The making of I’m neither here nor there, Ruth Proctor, 2013

The filming of the piece shows the development of the work, from start to the completion of the three circles.  The methodical, repeated actions build up to leave a temporary mark on the landscape.   The film (I’m neither here nor there Part II) will be displayed in the School of Art History and World Art Studies, inside the Sainsbury Centre, from 1st February.

For more “making of…” photos, check our Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/ueafallingbackwards/


28th January, One Month To Go…

Work is well underway for the production of the forthcoming exhibition.  After Ruth’s recent visit to carry out the filming of Zigg a zigg ah, there is now only one more piece to be created – I’m neither here nor there.


The 3 giant chalk circles will be drawn on the grass between Norfolk and Suffolk Terrace halls of residence, a.k.a. the “ziggurats”, in the week before the opening of the show.  The act of drawing will be filmed, thus creating a permanent record of the solitary process.  The ravages of time and nature will show its effect on the chalk drawing over the duration of the exhibition, whilst the film (on show in the School of Art History and World Art Studies) will continue to exist as a solid reminder of an ephemeral action.

The filming of Zigg a zigg ah was a huge success and we’re eagerly awaiting the making of Ruth Proctor’s final intervention art work which uses UEA as her inspiration and stage.