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5th - 23rd May 2022

SEESAW, 86 Princess Street, M1 6NG, Manchester.

Hosted by Pink Manchester

Insert Yourself


Sculptor by Nicola Dale

Music by Jia Lee

Hosted by Pink Manchester

Installation at SEESAW

Photography by Jules Lister


A site-specific music composition piece in collaboration with visual artist Nicola Dale for 'Insert Yourself' installation at SEESAW in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Nicola Dale is a visual artist. She is concerned with the nature and construction of ideas - how they are made visible and how time affects their communication. She has recently worked with: Bobinska Brownlee, London; Begehungen Festival, Chemnitz; The Grundy, Blackpool; Echo Echo, Derry; Backlit, Nottingham; Corte SuperNova, Venice; Leeds Arts University; Lazio Museums Centre, Rome; The Portico, Manchester; International 3, Salford; Mostyn, Wales; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Chisenhale Studios, London; Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; Open Eye, Liverpool and Shanghai College of Fine Arts.

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Photo by Darren Nixon.

Insertion is the act of putting one thing into another. It implies tension, something has to give; something has to get. Operating between installation, exhibition and experiment, INSERT YOURSELF prompts an intensified personal engagement with sculpture and its environment.

INSERT YOURSELF presents an assemblage of sculptural works into which participants are invited to insert themselves, generating a living performance of individual choreographies as the gap between the creator and the audience vanishes. Participants become actively entangled within the works entering into a bodily relationship with object and form; bringing forward a physical awareness of the spaces, situations and frameworks we insert ourselves into.


Photo by Jules Lister.

This installation will be accompanied by a series of new compositional works by Leeds based composer Jia Lee. Encompassing drone-heavy pieces recorded from site-specific field recordings laced with an ethereal swarm of vocals, generating a meditative sonic escape both rich and deep in introspection. Sparsely scattered in the background within the space, these sounds will be an invitation to the viewers to insert into themselves not only into the sculptures, but the experience. As the music makes its way to the listeners, emotional perceptions will vary; of either meditative sentimentality or overt drama. You’d have to insert yourself to find out.


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