September is drawing to a close, and with it, my residency at Rupert in Vilnius. It has been a very productive time, of sorting, resolving and making whole, bits of work that have been in progress for a year or so. During the open studios, around 15 people came to hear me read an half hour excerpt from ‘The Lady, The Scientist and Phlegm’. I made a ‘set’ and used three objects to stand in for the characters. It was a good chance to test out the text and the staging. I think now that the final form may be a voice over audio of the text for a sculptural environment and/or video of the objects in motion.
Above is a link to my writing project for Brud’s contribution to the Baltic Triennale, 3 characters evolving day by day.MORE
Brud have been kind enough to invite me to participate in their project for the Baltic Trienial. I will be writing throughout the project. Details to follow. The Baltic Triennial site is HERE. Brud says:
Brud (Polish for “filth”) has turned their invitation to the Triennial into a jamboree. They have brought over friends from around the world to create a “cryptocurrency fairytale” — a distributed, collaborative performance spanning thirty-one days.
This performance, titled Syzygy, a Time Traveler’s Toolkit, or, What Happens During an Occultation, brings together disparate elements into an ongoing whole that unfolds before, during, & after the vernissage.
Bea McMahon & Claude Heiland-Allen sing & demonstrate Terry Davis’ Temple Operating System.
Juan-Pablo Villegas Delgado & Ada Pola prepare a Chimposium, a meal spaMORE
I was chuffed to be asked to contribute to two fine Australian online magazines,Fine Print and Invisible Cities, recently. Fine Print is launched Friday the 7th of August and Invisible Cities later in August.
You can read an excerpt of my current writing project, ‘The Lady, the Scientist and Phlegm’ here at Fine Print
I will be contributing artwork to Invisible Cities, who make very handsome pdf publications which you can access HERE
Currently, I am working on a collection of writing with curator and elegant human Egle Kulbokaite, it is loosely based around the type of writing called Ekphrasis, and also references the renaissance allegorical novel the “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”. My interest in Ekphrasis was started as an undergraduate by a wonderful Art History tutor named Michael Newall who set us an assignment to write and experiential rather than analytical review of an exhibition.
the lazy woman’s definition of Ekphrasis (eg. from wikipedia)
from the Greek description of a work of art, possibly imaginary, produced as a rhetorical exercise, and is a graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. In ancient times it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasiMORE
At least once a month I have to write about my own work, describing and trying to make sense of what is essentially a non-verbal process for me. Choosing a voice for this writing, a tone and finding way to not corrupt the work is very difficult. I had the idea with my recent work ‘the world is not a surface’ of asking for short responses from people who experienced the work. If I can find a multiplicity of voices maybe I can build up a sense of the work how it is in reality, not how I see it in my own head.
so dear reader, I ask you for:
– a paragraph or so
– can be feelings, associations, descriptions
– in whatever ‘voice’ you like, on your experience of ‘The world is not a surface’
send through the contact page on this site or in the comments section below, thanks!
I heard about how in China they found batches of fake eggs. People had been manufacturing eggs, and the fake ones were slightly cheaper than real eggs, giving them a tiny profit margin. the trouble is the fake eggs are slightly poisonous. How they reproduced that blank smooth oval and the two sacs, one of yellow inside another of clear amniotic jelly is not clear. I imagined paper mache or plaster, maybe wafer thin slip cast porcelain for the shells. A blob of dyed cream sauce or jelly for the yolk, and a schoolroom glue for the white. When I researched the matter, I found you can buy kits and how-to guids. The shells are apparently made from paraffin wax and gypsum powder, the eggwhite and yolk from sodium alginate, other ingredients are lactone, benzoic acid, alum, gelatin, calcium chloride, water and colouring. How could this elaborate confection be cheaMORE