For this year’s seasonal message, to cover Winter Solstice, Christmas, Yule, New Year and all other midwinter festivals, I made a composite image using old Irish Christmas stamps, a stepped paragraph to echo a postal address, and a ‘sticker’ referencing the Par Avion label. The initial letters of the greeting ‘as Gaeilge’ were used to generate the message text. This constraint was afterwards used to generate a further 8 poems, which were shared via Instagram.
I have work included in a newly launched research sharing forum, conceived and co-organised by Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Cordula Daus and Lena Séraphin. Practice Sharing is an online presentation of expanded approaches to language-based practice within the field of artistic research. Over 70 individuals and collaborations are included in this first ‘sharing’: See https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/835089/1019933/6949
The intent has been to reflect on how language-based artistic research is practised in its diversity rather than to define or determine. Contributors were invited to respond to an open ‘call’ outlining their specific approach with one or two examples from their own artistic- or practice-based research — focusing on specific language-based ‘practices’.
The 70 chosen submissions have been ordered alphabetically such that the reader may search by name or explore each contribution within the immediate vicinity of other contributions to allow for chance acquaintances, unexpected resonances and aleatory connections.
My response to the second event in SLANT’s Voiceworks project is one of three now up on Tentacular magazine at https://www.tentacularmag.com/elsewhere-blog/voiceworks-responses. I write briefly about work by Emma Bennett, Anamaria Barduli, and Kinga Tóth. Originally planned as live events at Iklectik in Lambeth, the works were streamed online in September 2020.
On 24th and 26th August 2020, I will run a two-part online workshop as part of the PITCH programme of events for CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) .
What Time is Art? is an investigation of time in (y)our art practice. Over two 2-hour sessions we will discuss ideas of time in relation to art practice(s). The sessions will address how a story of making is told, how telling it locates it in time, and how the told story endures or is lost.
Booking is via the CAMP website.
I will be part of the live performance radio broadcast by Radio Ironie Orchestra on Soundart Radio on Sunday July 5th at 1800hrs UK time. This event is one of the Tomorrow’s Transmissions commissions that Soundart awarded this summer using COVID19 Emergency Funds from Arts Council England.
Knotenpunkt Transmission // isolated junction – transmission
RIO presents a live-on-air networked performance where fragmented texts serve as junctions in a sonic journey, calling for connections over distance and questioning modes of isolation by listening in and sounding in together. “Knotenpunkt transmission” is a testbed on how to transform distance into something fruitful, and while we never may be able to overcome all the distances and borders that separate us, we can envision paths, ways and crossing points where we meet and exchange.
The Radio Ironie Orchestra
The Radio Ironie Orchestra was founded in 2019 as radio-phile orchestra structure, a collective of musicians and sound artists from several countries playing together over distance using open-source streaming tools like Jitsi, and combining acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic sound within the medium of internet and radio. Its name is program – an ironic allusion to the tradition of the “radio symphony orchestras”, realizing the spirit of collective music-making and on-air music distribution with the tools and aesthetics of our present times. The open structure of RIO allows for frequent collaboration with guests from all over the world.