Ian Giles is a LUX Associate Artist 2012/13 and graduated from MFA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, 2012. Selected exhibitions include: The In Between, Carroll / Fletcher, London [Solo 2013]; Congratulation, you are the most recent visitor, Curated by Outpost, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge ; 21st Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London ; BP Saturdays, Tate Britain, London ; PAMI [Peckham Artist Moving Image], London , Outpost Open Film, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, followed by UK tour ; Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art ; Object Subjects, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco  and Whitstable Biennale .
2 Minute Interview:
How does your workshop at NOW Festival relate to being in the moment?
The clay will dry into a lined mask on the participants’ faces, allowing the near invisible process of time to slowly become discernable.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Festival slot?
A summer festival seems like a perfect place to practice Clay Meditation, festivals are places where people are relaxed and open. Clay Meditation is about a return to the earth so practising it within the natural landscape is perfect.
Do you have any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop at NOW Festival?
The clay used is designed to be applied to skin, it tightens as it dries in a similar way to facemasks and may cause some reddening to the skin as it brings blood to the surface but this is natural. Warm water will be provided to wash the clay off after the meditation but participants may wish to bring their own towels.
At NOW Festival (Wilderness):
Ian Giles’ Clay Meditation will feature at NOW Festival this year. Here, meditation is understood as a focused period of calm and reflection. As the clay slowly dries patterns form on the participant’s faces, the drying process acts as the meter for the meditation, leading to reflections on mortality and change.