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.
‘I have a diploma in performing arts from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2014. I love acting, dancing, rapping and writing lyrics. I enjoy being a Co-Director and one of the founders of BLINK Dance Theatre. I also work with Amici Dance Theatre Company. I am a performing arts teacher and I have taught university students and in youth centres, schools and community centres. I am also a football coach for Queens Park Rangers’
Ambient Jam Collective
The Ambient Jam Collective create multi-media improvisations uniquely sensitive to place, context and people. The improvisation is forged by 25 years of collaboration between a team of artists who are adept at working with uncertainty and the mindfulness of the present moment. The Ambient Jam Collective has around 30 members and includes volunteers, older people and care staff who work alongside lead members with profound and multiple disabilities and a large team of dance artists, musicians, and sculptors. Ambient Jam’s improvisation events are open to all ages from 0 to 100.
Meet Me at the Albany & The Rachel Macmillan Nursery
Meet Me at the Albany is an all day arts club for the over 60s quite unlike anything that has come before. Based at South East London’s Albany arts centre, an all year programme of events creates opportunities for people to meet new friends and try out a whole range of new activities and experiences. Meet Me at the Albany takes place every Tuesday and is co-produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany. The Rachel Macmillan Nursery opened in 1914 in the heart of Deptford community. They are thought to be the first ‘Open Air’ Nursery School in England.
A newly established group set up by Rachel Gildea, Francis Majekodunmi and Roland Carline who meet weekly at Deptford X. Deptford Freestylers aim to create a space for any age, any body and any style to share music, look for new ways to engage with performance and learn from each other.
This project is in collaboration with Entelechy Arts and Deptford X.
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)
1. Roland Carline. Film still from Bossy, 2018. Courtesy the Artist.
2. Ambient Jam, Swiss Church Convent, 2017. Photo: Peter Jarman.
3. Tea Dance in the Red Room, 2017. Photo: Roswither Chesher. Performers Bobby Lau and Shane Waltener.
4. Roland Carline. Film still from Ali, 2017.