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new book out from if p then q books

On 23rd September, editor James Davies of if p then q books published a new book of mine. At Sounds Like: 3 Projects brings together three texts that have elements of performance, sound and procedure. The material has been developed in different ways over some years, and parts have been presented as performance scores, within work for radio, and as visual publications. A sample of the text, more information and a link to order the book are here on the if p then q website.

‘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.

visual poems in latest issue of Synapse periodical

Editor Olchar Lindsann has included 4 visual-textual pieces of mine in the latest periodical publication from monOcle-Lash Anti-Press. Synapse#5: Flashes of Language in Revolt is available now; 90 pages of varied and exciting work from 38 different contributors in a perfect-bound US-letter format.

You can order via the link on the monOcle-Lash website.

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/