Roland Carline has been working in social work and applied arts in community settings since 1998. His commission with Goldsmiths CCA is the result of a long-term engagement, and sees Carline present four live works that manifest across the span of the exhibition, and feature his signature props, costumes and ‘loose parts’. The work moves through the register of humour and absurdity, celebrates collusion, and forges an embodied mode of spectatorship that sits with ambiguity and discomfort. For Carline the performers are at the heart of the process, so that the work itself can fall apart and reconstitute in new and unforeseen ways. Carline’s approach is to retreat into the work, allowing collaborators to take the lead – disrupting prevailing ideas of hierarchy within the artists’ practice.
1. Ambient Jam
Ambient Jam collective with Roland Carline
Wed 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 2–3.30pm.
Run time: 1hr 30mins
2. Deptford Freestylers
Facilitated by Francis Majekodunmi, Rachel Gildea and Roland Carline
Thurs 21, 28 Nov, 5, 12 Dec, 6–8pm.
Run time: 2 hrs
Francis Majekodunmi with Roland Carline
Sat 16 Nov, 14 Dec 3pm.
Sun 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 3pm.
Run time: 25mins
4. The Secret Life of Bees
The Rachel Macmillan Nursery and ‘Meet me at the Albany’ with Sacha Thomas, Rachel Gildea and Roland Carline
Sat 23 Nov, 7 Dec, 3pm.
Run time: 20 mins
Roland Carline is presented as part of Episodes, an ongoing series of solo presentations that cuts through the main programming at Goldsmiths CCA and provides a counterpoint to the larger-scale exhibitions. Spanning installations, screenings, discursive events and new commissions, the focus of this programme is to provide an experimental platform for emergent practices. The series commenced with Oisín Byrne’s GLUE, and continues in 2019 with presentations by Adam Christensen (27 April – 26 May 2019), and Corey Hayman (20 July – 1 Sept 2019).
Roland Carline (b. 1981, Aberystwyth) studied at the Royal Academy Schools (g. 2018) and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (g. 2003). He has exhibited at the Old Fire Stations, Oxford (2018), Strange Cargo Gallery, Folkestone (2017)