online text/image performance on December 8th

At 6.30pm (GMT) I will present ‘toward an emblem‘, a slidefilm with live reading, as part of the Huddle series organised by CAMP. I have been interested in the concept of the emblem for a number of years, and wanted to find a way to share some of this in both textual and visual form through a performance on zoom. The Huddle project feels a good opportunity to share this work in progress, and allow space for some dialogue or discussion.

The emblem draws my attention because of its malleability, its function as a communicative device, but one that is unstable, variable, mobile. Bringing together materials or elements from diverse contexts and from conflicting sources, the emblem as assemblage sits awkwardly within categories and classification. Juxtaposing collages that strain taxonomy and poke at order with texts that bring together theory, ornament and repetition the presentation will test what can be said in the present with a worn out or junked vocabulary.

The zoom link for the event can be accessed via the CAMP website: https://www.camp-membership.org/huddle/ A recording will be posted here after the event.

revised dictionary performance at The House, Feb 15 2022

On Tuesday 15th February 2022, I premiéred a new performance work, ‘revised dictionary supplement’ at University of Plymouth theatre venue, The House.

With thanks to Melaine Le Bars for sound and lighting support. And thanks to everyone who made it on a wet and windy Plymouth night.

Photography by Matthew Pontin (Fotonow CIC)

new performance on February 15th

On Tuesday 15th February, at The House, University of Plymouth, I will present a performance that responds to the text of ‘revised dictionary supplement’, the second of the projects published in At Sounds Like: 3 Projects. Using dance, improvised actions, and gestures I will treat the textual material as a score for movement, as a ground for further inscription, and as an occasion of variant reading. The live event will draw attention to the materiality of language, to writing as going on, to (im)possibilities of (mis)communication.

revised dictionary supplement: a lecture performance. The House, University of Plymouth; 1930hrs, Tuesday 15th February 2022

More information and FREE booking via: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/spring-2022-revised-dictionary-supplement-a-lecture-performance

‘scavenged home’ with Aled Simons

Aled Simons and Mark Leahy, ‘Scavenged Home’, (2021), digital animation with audio, 2’ 30”

Sticking bits of things together for now: we began with a conversation, talked about collecting, stickers, taxonomy, and about making work, and the things that get in the way of making work – we also talked about Artex covered ceilings and finding a “studio” or somewhere to make stuff; subsequent exchanges included some mail-art collages sent from Dublin to Swansea, and discussion of grottoes, skins, Stonehenge, Welshness (sort of) and Irishness (a bit) and somewhere in there a sense of the legacy of colonialism … these things have fed into a short animation that curls together hermit crabs, National Trust properties, appropriation and occupation, language, accidental layering and a relationship of belonging and memory;

Over recent months I have been part of the Exchange project, which has involved 60 artists from 6 artist-led groups across England. 10 members of CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) were each paired with a partner from another organisation, and I have been working with Aled Simons of g39 in Cardiff. The project comes to a close on 30th July with The Summit – a sharing of some outcomes and a conversation about the sharing / collaboration / exchange process.

new radio project for radia.fm

I have made a new work for radio, Hello! This is a test. which will be broadcast on the radia.fm radio network in the week beginning 22nd March 2021. It will be Show No. 834, and is the Soundart Radio contribution to Season 46.

Questions of signal and noise, of message sent and message received, of the relationship of different voices to who and what is heard run through the piece. It calls out to the listener, there is a message here. Can you hear? Can you tell what it is?

Thanks for their vocal contributions to: Dante Lorenzo, Veronica Fazzio Welf, Sue Coulson, Shelley Hodgson. Thanks to Lucinda Guy and Chris Booth at Soundart Radio for inviting me to work on this.

After the first broadcast week, the piece will be archived at radia.fm.

http://radia.fm/2021/03/show-834-hello-this-is-a-test-by-mark-leahy-for-soundart-radio/