‘cream of the crop’ for SOAK, Plymouth on 25th January

On January 25th I will present a new performance peice as part of the SOAK Live Art event at Leadworks in Plymouth. Organised by Sarah Blissett and Kerry Priest, SOAK is a bi-monthly live art series with a number of performers each time, bringing together live art, experimental performance, film, spoken word and music. For SOAK I will perform ‘cream of the crop’, a development of the research and testing I did on residency at Live Art Ireland in October 2023. Looking at grass and plant life, at rural life, at the impact of the dairy industry, the piece considers interaction of human and other-than-human systems. Simple actions with props and tasks are structured into a sequence, threaded through with spoken text. There are bin liners, a bucket, gloves, knee pads, a body, and words that slip between contexts of climate, sport, and agriculture.

Tickets etc via Eventbrite HERE

review of Radio Art Zone book

My review of Radio Art Zone, edited by Sarah Washington (Hatje Cantz, 2023) is now published on Leonardo Reviews. It is a beautiful book, bringing together on its varied pages a wide range of radio responses to the 100 Days of Radio project that was presented as part of the Esch Capital of Culture programme in summer 2022.

https://leonardo.info/review/2023/12/radio-art-zone

“i remember / i don’t remember” for WBN2023

I made a visual text piece as my contribution to the World Book Night 2023 project organised and curated by Sarah Bodman and Linda Parr. ‘i remember / i don’t remember’ responds to the call using a sequence of childhood memories and found and generated text. The colours relate to the stories in the sequence.

For World Book Night 2023, WBN United Artists invited people via an open call, to read one or all of the following texts, and consider how they might represent a memory that could be used to create a shared experience, a coming together of voices from the past and present. I Remember by Joe Brainard / I Remember (Je me souviens) by Georges Perec / I Remember, I Remember by Mary Ruefle. 112 contributions were sent from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, UK, USA.

The exhibition will be on show at Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, UK from 20th April – 30th June 2023, and Hong Kong Design Institute from late July – end of Sept 2023. You can view all the works received on the Instagram gallery put together by Linda Parr. WBN 2023 is curated and organised by Sarah Bodman and Linda Parr. The exhibition at Hong Kong Design Institute is organised by Jessica Ho Yuk Ching.

‘capes, folds, drapes’ with William Luz at Minerva Cafe on March 2nd

On March 2nd at Minerva Cafe in Bretonside, Plymouth, artist William Luz and I will present some outcomes from conversations and work-in-progress. Our process of working together started from a conversation about drawing, gesture, mark-making and representation. Specific details came to the fore, and prompted a gathering of material around fabric and drapery in art, and around the image of the cape in particular in superhero comics. Further thoughts clustered around queer representation of the cape, around desire as focused on the wrapped, clothed or veiled body. Our distinct practices in drawing, performance, writing and making combine in this joint presentation of early outcomes of this investigation. There will be drawings, actions, reading, words, and a free mini-zine for the audience. The event is part of the First Thursday series organised by Queer District Collective.