continuous stationary workshop day at The Met Office Innovation Lab

On Wednesday January 15th I spent the day with a number of artists and scientists looking at potential ways of working together with ‘big data’. The event was hosted by Impact Lab at the Met Office Innovation Centre in Exeter Science Park. The day was one of two organised by Milly Brown, of Plymouth College of Art, to bring artists in the region into contact and communication with scientists and researchers in partner oganisations. There were representatives from Impact Lab, from The Met Office, and from Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The day generated some very interesting conversations, and there feels to be the potential for collaborations and joint projects in the future.

The project has an instagram account @continuous_stationary and there are plans to produce a publication / report by the end of 2020.

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Wax Paper Hour(s) – Gesture

On November 29th I was a guest presenter on Marcy Saude’s Wax Paper Hours radio show on Soundart Radio. http://soundartradio.org.uk/. Each episode of Marcy’s show has a different theme, A Grand Gesture mixed music (vinyl and digital) and readings that engage with gesture across cultures, media and genres. The show has been uploaded to MixCloud here: https://www.mixcloud.com/marcy-saude/late-november-2019-gesture-with-mark-leahy/

list of readings for Wax Paper Hour – Gestures

1. Sabel Gavaldón and Manuel Segade, from exhibition guide to Elements of Vogue: A Case Study in Radical Performance (2018)

2. Mark Leahy, from ‘What did he do with his hat?’ in The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein (2019)

3. Hayley Newman, ‘Frottage in the City’ from Common (2013)

4. Anne Boyer, from ‘No’ in A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018)

5. Essex Hemphill, from ‘To Be Real’ in Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry (1992)

6. Trajal Harrell, from an interview in Hoochie Koochie (2017)

7. wittyy name, from The Marks We Make, a Voltron Legacy Defender fanfic on Archive of Our Own (2016)

8. Renee Gladman, two sections from Calamities (2016)

9. Mark Leahy, from Subject to Gesture (2017)    

10. Lisa Robertson, from ‘How to Colour’ in Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (2003)

11. Tina Darragh, from ‘Adv. Fans – The 1968 Series’ (1993)

12. Tom Jenks, from ‘strikes’ in A Long Hard Night Troubled by Visions (2018)

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seasonal greetings

with good wishes for the winter solstice, for Jul, for Christmas, for turning of the calendar … and wishing everyone the best for 2020!

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review of new publication by Patrick Dubost

I have a review up on Stride Magazine blog, of Patrick Dubost’s new publication Manifesto for a Modern Theatre In 49 Interchangeable And Optional Articles. Published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, the work is translated from the French by Eleanor Margolies, and includes photocollage illustrations by Sylvie Villaume.

In much of Dubost’s wider practice he performs with musicians, where his vocal improvisation operates among and with other instruments in live sound events. These events are a mode of theatre, at work with language, sound, and meaning, with what can be heard, and what might be understood. The 49 articles in this Manifesto might be read as a guide or annotation for those performances. And as a prompt to performances by other readers.

You can read the review HERE.

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A Grand Gesture: Wax Paper Hour radio show on Nov 29th

wax paper gesture

On November 29th I will be a guest presenter on Marcy Saude’s Wax Paper Hours radio show on Soundart Radio. Running from 5 to 7pm (1700 to 1900hrs) the programme can be listened to on 102.5 FM in the Totnes area of South Devon. If you are further afield, then you can listen live online at http://soundartradio.org.uk/.

Each episode of Marcy’s show has a different theme, or is organised around a different idea. For November we are working with gestures, perhaps counterintuitive for radio, but we’ll see what happens. A Grand Gesture will mix music (vinyl and digital) and readings that engage with gesture across cultures, media and genres.

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