Kathryn Ashill: Clocking Off
What does retirement and free time look like for a retired guide dog?
Clocking Off is a workshop and public parade made in collaboration with retired working dogs. Banners and props will be made in collaboration with the guide dogs and their human owners. The parade will commemorate the working life of the guide dog, mark their service to human health and celebrate the free time associated with retirement.
This project forms part of Ashill’s current research with the Centre for the history of Science and Medicine at the University of Manchester.
In presenting examples of non-human animals who provide wellbeing for human health, the research intends to emphasise and honour the working life of animals, whilst highlighting the potential of interspecies collaboration across the specific fields of contemporary performance, animal therapy and biotherapies.
Amateur dramatics, theatre flats, stage lighting, public monuments and performance are central to Ashill’s practice. Kathryn aims to pursue the theatricality in the everyday whilst sharing her observations on memoirs, people, history and site. Civic life and duty is explored through interactions with memorial sites, face painting, costume and public events.
Working both in and out of the gallery, Kathryn often asks others to become participants in her theatrical performances. In these events her own autobiography mingles with those of historical figures as she explores tradition, history, memories and memorials. Ashill describes herself as an ‘art witch’; an accurate term to encapsulate what she does, suggesting embodied knowledges, the complex relationship the world has to women and power and her ability to make the everyday mythical and magical.
FREE - no ticket required