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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Camilla Wrabetz (she/her)


electro-acoustic soundscape

Parade of Pause

We present a project proposal that focuses on ideas of time and methodology, adopting the phrase ‘urgency of slowness’, borrowed from artist Celia Pym. Inspired by past Artangel projects, we are drawn to the practice of urban walking and its utilisation of pace and rhythm, which lends itself organically to slowing down.

The idea for the Parade of Pause was born out of the aim to set a rhythm for a shared parading of slowness, deliberately contrasting with the rapid speed of consumer culture that engulfs London as a city. Why Parade? The word’s origins are rooted in the Latin parare, meaning to prepare, parry to stop or halt, which resonates with the idea of slowing down. There is never a distinct, isolated sound that represents the act of parading, rather the sound of a parade becomes enmeshed with the urban circulation of place, its people and objects, creating an asynchronous symphony of everyday life. We have commissioned Lucie Štěpánková (aka Avsluta), a London-based Czech-born electro-acoustic composer and sound artist, to create a soundscape that intertwines field recordings and live improvisations with objects to accompany the parade – setting its pace and rhythm. Playing with various loops to create a polyrhythmic soundscape, Štěpánková explores ecosystemic ideas and our relation to space and one another. 

Our hope is to elicit a powerful response towards the urgency that slowness demands, particularly within the environment we currently find ourselves. Slowness, in this understanding, does not simply want to take the speed out of contemporaneity but allows us to experience our present with all its different speeds and in all its complexity and diversity.

Image courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca.

Picture of Camilla Wrabetz in a field

Camilla Wrabetz is an artist and curator from Milan, Italy. She builds complex systems with the aim of creating a home for liminal space, neutrality, and displacement in programming and exhibition. She achieves this by focusing on the overlap of positive and negative space, and the collaboration between different practices and cultures.

As part of her master's in Curating Contemporary Art, Camilla has collaborated with Gabriella Ackerman, Ciarán Mac Domhnaill, Taeyeong Kim, Emma Mo, Marianne Tynan, and Yiran Zhu to develop the Parade of Pause, stemming from a brief set by leading public art commissioning agency Artangel.

In her most recent proposal, Camilla explores the viewer’s relationship to time, and what curatorial decisions will lead to a slower approach. By removing context, audience members explore a complex environment in which they can establish their own pretenses, or fill in the blanks.

In considering these ideas, she hopes to address an audience in transition, the growing diaspora, and its ties to contemporary art.