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 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/
I will perform’ threaded insert’ as part of the three-day programme for STREAM: a Series of Transdisciplinary Rituals & Experiments in Art & Music at Dartington on Friday 7th September 2018. My performance will take place in Studio 6 and the adjoining spaces from 2.00pm on the Friday. There will be live work, projected and installed works and social events across the weekend. The event is coordinated by Sarah Gray to mark the 10 year anniversary of the closing of Dartington College of Arts at the Dartington Campus. Work will be presented by alumni and former faculty members across music, performance writing, visual performance, dance and theatre.
telling time a3 score
I have devised a score for three voices or three parts from material generated by the participants during a vocal improvisation at the end of the Telling Time Communal Making session at Jamboree 2018 at Dartington.
As part of Jamboree 2018, happening at Dartington, Devon at the end of June, I will run a ‘communal making’ session titled Telling Time. Jamboree is devised & curated by LOW PROFILE. The session is listed in the Jamboree programme as:
‘Telling time’ is a making session where a group of up to 15 people will work with our words and voices to construct a story of how we are, where we are, when we are. No special vocal skills are needed, just a sense of your h/story, and how you might tell it. We will do some voice games, and work in pairs and as a group to create fragments of narrative. Having built a score, we will present a short speech-choir performance. Pens, paper and encouragement will be provided.
I have made a set of participant workbooks which we will use to structure the session, to fill in with our ideas and material for our score, and to take away as a reminder of the event. The workbook includes quotations from Karen Barad, Jack Halberstam, Walter Benjamin, Trinh T. Minh-ha and others. There are sections titled ‘extra time’, ‘queer time’ and ‘doing time’ among others.