MARK LEAHY is a writer and artist operating among textual practices, performance, and live art.
He works with the body as sensing and as affected, using language, models of perception, and objects of everyday use. Including spoken word, task-based actions, and live generation of digital content his performances address the body as desired and as desiring, and the body as a site of inscription and mediation. His textual practice utilizes constraints, structuring rules, and operates to cross or question category and genre divisions including around identity and agency.
Live work includes ‘threaded insert’ as part of Tears in Rain (Plymouth Art Weekender, Sept 2017),’Subject to Gesture’ (with Benjamin D Duvall; Liverpool, Apr 2017), ‘his voice’ (Counter Plymouth Art Book Fair, Oct 2015, and The Other Room, Manchester, Feb 2016),‘flat-head self-tapping’ at Barbican, Plymouth (Jan 2015) and Chelsea School of Art (May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 at Chapter Cardiff (Nov 2014). Other works have been presented in Bristol, Plymouth, London and Liverpool.
He has been commissioned to write texts to accompany work by artists including Andrew Kearney, Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and LOW PROFILE. His critical publications include essays in Sculptorvox, C21 Literature, Open Letter, Performance Research Journal and The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; a chapter in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007); an essay in The Salt Companion to John James (2010), and a chapter in The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (2013).
He was MA Programme Leader at Dartington College of Arts (2007-2010) and teaches part-time at Falmouth University and Plymouth University. He is a board member for Take A Part (Plymouth) and is a Director of art.earth (artdotearth.org).