I made a short word and sound piece for Soundart Radio‘s annual First Spark Festival, happening this year from Sunday 31st January to Tuesday February 2nd. This piece, ‘thaw biddy and melt’ picks up on a text I wrote last year that drew on material in the Duchas.ie Schools Collection around the Irish traditions associated with St. Brigid’s Day (Feb 1st). I added some sound layers using treated and distorted water and ice recordings. You can hear it on Soundcloud, or listen out for the broadcast on Sunday 31st.
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.