Plymouth College of Art
07/06/22 06:00–08:00

Molly Erin McCarthy - Lecture / Huhtamaki Wab - Performance

Huhtamaki Wab, Molly Erin McCarthy

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Join us at Plymouth College of Art for a special event as part of Molly Erin McCarthy’s Give & Takeover commission Before The Linyow Came and Huhtamaki Wab’s solo exhibition Yonaoshi

FREE / All welcome

Booking essential. Please book via Eventbrite following this link.

6.00pm-7.15pm - Performance lecture / Molly Erin McCarthy, Student Union Space

7.30pm-8.00pm - Live performance / Huhtamaki Wab, MIRROR Gallery

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Speculative Development(s) in Artificial Ruin(s) will creatively present the influences and research behind Molly Erin McCarthy’s commission. Voiced by characters inhabiting a fictional world based on the ‘Forgotten Corner of Cornwall’, the performance lecture will explore McCarthy’s process of world-building through autobiography, science-fiction, and real-world data. Animation, imagery, and spoken word will blur the lines between the ‘real’ and the ‘imagined’.


The three-part live performance is informed by the film ‘Round, round, waterwheel go round’ in Huhtamaki Wab’s exhibition. MIRROR will be transformed into a meditative space as Jon Sterckx performs polyrhythms on clay bowls and kashakas, Yuki Itaya treats Wab’s porcelain sculptures using moxibustion, and Nadia Abdelaziz leads a communal song in which the audience is encouraged to join. Audio and lyrics are available for download on this page.

Huhtamaki Wab’s practice operates within an animistic and non-anthropocentric world where interconnected spirits and humans populate landscapes to create ecstatic realities.

Jon Sterckx is an innovative tabla player and percussionist with over 30 years of experience in world percussion and world music.

Molly Erin McCarthy is a multimedia artist based in Plymouth. Themes of chaos, power, class, and societies’ quests for progress thread through her work. Her methodology is akin to scavenging, drawing on sources ranging from archaeology, to city planning, to Internet lore, in order to ask how we form, and are formed by, the physical and philosophical landscapes we reside in.

Nadia Abdelaziz is an independent producer and artist with a background in live art and performance. Her recent collaborations focus on digital-live hybrid forms, using future tech to facilitate interaction in performance.

Yuki Itaya is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine.