An essay of mine contextualising my performance ‘his voice’ has just been published online in the latest issue of the journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. Edited by Anne Karhio and Álvaro Seiça, the issue gathers proceedings of the Other Codes / Cóid Eile conference held at NUI Galway in the Summer of 2017.
From the Abstract:
Taking a route through voice and utterance and audience, by way of the body, this essay offers a contextualisation of Mark Leahy’s performance work “his voice” (2015). Following a brief overview of theorisations of “voice” and of “utterance”, the essay draws on discussions across linguistics, music and technology. Into this is folded a consideration of the processes and concerns at work within Leahy’s performance practice. […] In “his voice” the material spoken in the performance is a transposition of a sequence of tweets, harvested live from Twitter. This splitting or splicing of utterance, body and voice, is discussed, and the essay considers how it raises questions for understanding relations of the digital and utterance.
The essay can be read online at:
My contribution ‘What did he do with his pipe?’ is included in The Graveside Orations of Karl Einstein, a new publication from Ma Bibliotheque, edited by Dale Holmes and Sharon Kivland.
At the memorial for Rosa Luxemburg on 13 June 1919, the political radical, art historian, critic, and writer Carl Einstein gave an oration. There is no record of what Einstein said, how he said it, or what it addressed. This collection assembles a broad range of texts from artists, film-makers, writers, poets, critics, philosophers, and art historians. Each contribution is a speculation on what Einstein might have delivered, each as likely and as unlikely to be Einstein’s as any other.
In my piece I present a fictional or imagined synthesis of accounts made by government or right wing spies who attempt, but fail, to record Einstein’s speech. Their observations and annotations generate a faulty record of the gestures of the speaker.
The publication is available from the Ma Bibliotheque website.
The latest issue of the occasional magazine Purge, edited by Robert Hampson has just arrived. Purge 6: hostile environment includes work by Allen Fisher, Drew Milne, Karen Sandhu, David Herd and Amy Evans Bauer among others. My piece ‘She Mick on JB’s Island’ is published as a supplement to this issue.
‘hostile environment’ refers to the expressed policy in 2012 of Theresa May, then Home Secretary. It was her intention to make the UK a hostile environment for migrants and those seeking asylum. In practice, the implementation of this policy distributed the function of border officials into the everyday work of administrators in hospitals, universities, letting agencies etc.
‘She Mick on JB’s Island’ draws on my mother’s experience of migration to the UK in the 1950s, and folds this with a sense of the limiting of expression, silencing of voices, caused by this hostile environment, and the disproportionate impact of the policy on lives of women.