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
Over the past 8 months I have worked with Rhys Morgan as a mentor for his commissioned project for Plymouth Platform which was shown at Plymouth Art Weekender 2018. Rhys developed a single-screen video installation with 5-channel sound. It was shown in the Batter Street Studio space at Plymouth Arts Centre over the Art Weekender, 28th-30th September 2018.
Daddygogue consisted of the installation and a newspaper, and both were supported by a workshop with young trans people in Plymouth. The project investigated topics of queer visibility, trans experience, information and communication systems, and folded these together with audio and visual collage of material found online and in print.
A report by Andrew Jeffrey on the symposium Projectivisms:Way-making the Contemporary Projective, University of Cardiff, May 2018 mentions my performance there of ‘threaded insert’. It is published in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 10(1).
The discussion of the relationship between who is in charge in the interaction between a human being and digital technology was then exemplified by Mark Leahy’s (Independent Scholar) ‘“The threshing floor of the dance” A performance of threaded insert’. Leahy appeared in white gloves and bow tie in the centre of the room. He then put in some ear-phones and began making statements, ‘Agape, we perform’, moving forward a set number of steps, changing direction, moving again, making statements, ‘a portion of depressed hair’, describing the room, spelling out words, walking forward, spelling out words accompanied by a basic sign language, walking out of the fire escape, re-appearing through a different door. The performance with variations and repetitions lasted for twenty minutes. It turns out that Leahy was responding to various instructions played at random from MP3 files. All the contents derived from guides for ‘proper’ speech, conduct and bodily deportment. It made me think that Leahy was showing “what he is as a creature of nature (with certain instructions to carry out)”.
Jeffrey, A., (2018). Projectivisms >> Symposium Way-making the Contemporary Projective, University of Cardiff, 8th–9th May 2018. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 10(1), p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/biip.82