Untitled Holy Hiatus 6

Come to observe, to be within the space created, or to use the space for quiet meditation, for a contemplative or devotional act. You may stay for any length of time. There are limits to how many people might be in the space at any one time - you will find light refreshments in the kitchen.
There are some chairs, but you might wish to bring a cushion and/or blanket.

Dydd Mercher Mai 22
4 – 10.15 y.p
Canolfan Byd Bychan

Wednesday May 22
4 – 10.15 p.m
Small World Centre

there is a 15 minute break 6.50pm - 7.05pm
see previous blog posts for more information

mid May 2013 update

Holy Hiatus: untitled is an annual event created by artists Maura Hazelden and Lou Laurens and will be showing on May 22nd, from 4pm to 10.15, in Small World Theatre. Maura was originally commissioned by Ruth Jones to make a work for ‘Holy Hiatus: Ritual and Community in Public Art’, a symposium and series of commissioned works, including work by Alastair McLennan and Simon Whitehead, shown in Cardigan in 2008.

Maura invited Lou to work with her on a piece which explored repetition. In that first year, they had many discussions about the kind of rituals we all engage in, ranging from quotidian activities such as making and serving a meal, to events which mark the passing of the year, and religious festivals. Maura and Lou both had an interest in how simple acts might become devotional through intention and also how rituals develop over long periods of time, when circumstances change how they are celebrated. They created a durational event in Small World Theatre and have continued it as an annual event, now independently of the commission. Holy Hiatus: untitled is in its sixth year, each time having been different and yet the same, always on the same date: May 22nd.

This year there are particular challenges. Lou has recently given birth to her first child and Maura has photosensitivity and difficulty working bare foot.  Their physical ability to perform in the event is likely to be limited and changed. Both artists feel that this in itself raises interesting questions about performance and ritual, questions which were inevitable in mounting such an ambitious project, such as: are we participants in the event or performers? Are the audience participants in this ritual? When we celebrate our daily and annual rituals what remains the same and what changes, and how much are the changes the way we remember? ‘Oh that was the Christmas that we had to…. because of such and such…’

Although, or perhaps because, this is an intense and deeply vulnerable time for both artists, the event promises to be a moving and wonderful experience for attendees. The event will include performance, video projection and an extraordinary evolving soundscape created by the process of recording the playback of each previous year’s performance, so that the layers are transformed by the acoustic response of the building itself.

There is an accompanying exhibition at Small World Theatre, open until the 24th of May
Whatever the Weather website you can find link to a map and details of venue

the exhibition will continue until the end of May 24th


Exhibition for 2013

In the two weeks before the event there will be some work in the gallery at Canolfan Byd Bychan

An exhibition of visual, text-based and documentary work related to Untitled: Holy Hiatus from Maura Hazelden and Lou Laurens.

Maura reviews a broad range of work exploring the liminal, memory and surface.
From order to evanescence: solid to vapour: experience to memory; what separates one thing from another?

Arddangosfa o waith gweledol, testunol a dogfennol yn gysylltiedig â 'untitled: holy hiatus' gan Maura Hazelden a Lou Laurens.

Mae Maura yn bwrw golwg nôl dros rychwant eang o waith sy'n archwillio'r ymylon, y cof, ac arwynebedd. O'r trefnus i'r diflannol; o sylwedd i anwedd; profiad i atgof; beth sy'n gwahanu un peth oddi wrth y llai?


LINK to opening hours on Whatever the Weather website

now up until at least 25th May


Wednesday May 22 | Dydd Mercher Mai 22
4 – 10.15 p.m | y.p
Small World Theatre | Canolfan Byd Bychan
Cardigan | Aberteifi

A commitment was made for this devotional performative event to happen every year on May 22nd no matter what – therefore it has to be accepted that there might be adjustments; there have been some, but perhaps not noticeable. This year the “whats” will be obvious.

Maura is now very photosensitive, the building is very light filled and the dance studio area particularly so in the early evening. Also she is currently finding working in bare feet difficult...along with some other new differences of body state.

Lou is due to give birth sometime in late April/early May, so similarly the way in which she contributes to the event may be different from previous years. The process of re-recording of the recording made last year will happen as usual, but, in terms of adding to this evolving soundtrack through live vocal performance, there may be a change. Lou is considering attending the event as a participant rather than as a performer.

This is perhaps a less dramatic shift than it seems: the extent to which they are performers or participants in untitled: holy hiatus, and hence the extent to which attendees are performers or participants, has been an ongoing discussion between the artists.

Whatever the Weather WEBSITE LINK