Engaging Publics

Performances

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Performances include:

Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Sonata Bathétique in C-  A performance where text was read by artist Conal McStravick, draped in fabric, standing behind a translucent screen that featured a human-sized print of the statue Circassian Slave by Raffaele Monti. The text was delivered as though spoken by the statue.

His/her speech was periodically interrupted by excerpts of music, which alternate between Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata no.8 in C- Pathétique” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Sonata no. 14 in Ck457
Adagio .”

Senate House Library

Apollo’s Lore Without The Pains To Study It – A performance of Henry Purcell’s “Oh Solitude” interrupted by original text, performed with singer Beatrice Loft-Schultz and Viola da Gamba player Guillermo Martinez

Matt’s Gallery, London

This Is Just The Shape I Come In A reading for an event organized by Holly Pester in X Marks The Bokship

I read an original text printed on cards.  The order for reading was determined by using a structure inspired by Tarot Cards.

Performances created for public institutions, designed to engage the public and create discourse around current programming

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Arcadia Missa, London, UK

Full Disclosure A collaborative online performance with Jaakko Pallasvuo that was then turned into a publication and exhibition, including a book fair in collaboration with Motto Books.

I created a video where I claimed Jaakko was an invented persona and that I was responsible for all of his artistic output. The video was uploaded on Youtube on July 29th, and we both embedded the video on our personal websites. The identical pages existed in tandem until August 23, 2012.

http://www.jaakkopallasvuo.com/fulldisclosure.html

Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada

Mystic Insights Ltd.  a collaboration with poet and researcher Sandra Huber.

The performance uses tarot reading techniques, Facebook and a text-generation bot programmed by researcher Cody Walker.

The bot is a neural network that has been fed esoteric texts, Walter Benjamin, Bataille, Hildegaard von Bingen and contemporary feminist poetry.  When given key text from a tarot reading, it will generate a fortune for the querent.

Workshops linking writing, performance and the visual arts

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TAIGA Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

Another Victory Over The Sun

A writing workshop and publication made for the exhibition What Thinks Me.  The content was taken from the Futurist opera of the same name, with text by Mayakovsky and sets by painter Kazimir Malevich.  A lecture was given by art historian Amelia Groom.

Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada

 My Mother Was An Animal Until I Grew My Second Set Of Teeth

A performative workshop in conversation with Marie-Michelle Deschamps. Based on research inspired by the schizophrenic writer Louis Wolfson.  Selected participants performed a writing exercise in a trance-like state while, unbeknownst to them, a secondary group of participants, both present in the gallery and in remote locations, attempted to influence their writings through guided meditation.

The workshop included videos by PEAR Laboratories, Robert Sapolsky, and books by Julian Jaynes, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Victor Tausk

Royal College of Art

EAP Teacher, developing curriculum to introduce contemporary art terms to students who speak English as a second language.