I have been making some small collage pieces as part of my work on the Enter Text residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland. The images are working around gestures, body language, and learned behaviour. The plan is for these to accompany a text I am writing on related themes and appear as an artist publication.
From November 3rd to 29th 2018 I will be in residence at Arteles Creative Centre, Haukijärvi, Finland. The residency theme or title is Enter Text, and is focused on artists, performers and writers working across the edges of these disciplines. I plan to work on a development of the Twitter material gathered during my series of ‘his voice’ performances, and a translation of a text on gestures.
My short film work, ‘flat-head self-tapping’ (2015) made with sound artist Neil Rose will be screened as part of this event in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art on November 7th 2018.
‘flat-head self-tapping’ engages with questions of speaking in public, of being on show, of being heard, and displaying coded behaviour. Deriving elements from Bell’s Standard Elocutionist and online dictionaries, the performance text stitches fragments, word lists, letters, and gestures into a display of awkward flapping interrupted by gnomic expulsions.
Originally presented as a live performance at Arnolfini, Bristol, this version for screen was developed with sound, video and editing by Neil Rose; the trailer is available at Vimeo here.
The screening is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/496149960903200/
My paper ‘Receiving Queerly Displaced Utterance: Failure and / as Response in Works by Glenn Ligon and LOW PROFILE’ is now available online as part of the published proceedings of the 9th SAR – International Conference on Artistic Research April 11th – 13th 2018, University of Plymouth, UK.
This paper looks at two works that complicate the condition of the utterance and the reception of performance, through an interplay of repetitions, reiterations, absences and occupations. The works are Low Profile Impromptu (Athenaeum, Plymouth 2016), and Glenn Ligon Live (Camden Arts Centre, London 2014).
The full documentation of the conference is available on the JAR Research Catalogue
I have written a response to one of the 27 objects that will be on show at 310 New Cross Road, London as part of the project ‘Things’ organised by Tamara Projects. The objects will also be listed for auction on eBay along with the texts written in response by a range of writers and artists. The auctions will go live from 00.00hrs on October 12th 2018, and remain up for the standard 10-day auction period.
THINGS – Exhibition & Auction