Phantom Stages at Hidden Lines of Space Berlin
I have just returned from Berlin where I presented a performance lecture called 'Phantom Stages: Floor Plans as Affect Machines' as part of the exhibition Hidden Lines of Space at the Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. The exhibition is part of a larger research project initiated by Annette Hans & Julia Horstmann that investigates the format and concept of the floor plan. Featuring work by Alice Aycock, Fran Cottell & Marianne Mueller, Hella Gerlach, Julia Horstmann, Emma Waltraud Howes, Jonas von Ostrowski, Mirjam Thomann, and Moi Tran.
More about the exhibition and project can be found here.
Ricochet at Sonic Actions Brighton
I presented a new sound installation called Ricochet as part of Sonic Actions in Brighton (24/05/17), alongside work by Daniel W J Mackenzie, Zephan Knichel, Joshua Legallienne, and Daniel Alexander Hignell. The work was installed in underground car park on Chapel Street, underneath St Jame's House in the city centre, staging a Mexican Standoff with cap guns. You can read more about the work here. Sonic Actions is a series of site based walks curated by United Untitled, bringing sonic arts practice into public spaces as an opportunity to experience sound art outside of the gallery context.
The Weird World of Donald Trump at Glasgow Buzzcut
I am presenting a short video essay (above) at Glasgow Buzzcut on Wednesday 5th April called The Weird World of Donald Trump. It argues how America’s current encounter with the world of Donald Trump is akin to the weird realism of H.P Lovecraft, drawing upon Mark Fisher’s account of the weird - defined by Lovecraft’s fiction - as an encounter that can encompass grotesque sensations of fear when experiencing an object or being that shapeshifts and transforms itself. The weird, in this sense challenges and creeps into the perceived safety and certainty of everyday life to frightening political effect.
The essay will present a short reading of Trump’s world against the philosophy of Lovecraft’s weird as a way of thinking about how the encounter with it might be understood and challenged. If a community can find a language to describe the sensation of what they are experiencing then there is hope that it can be collectively overcome, claiming a space within the weird, facing up to the thing on the doorstep.
The Bones of Breakheart Quarry at SSSB Southampton
I presented The Bones of Breakheart Quarry a 3 minute looped video installation at Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies, a three day interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences at the University of Southampton (24th - 26th March 2017).
Set in Breakheart Quarry (Dursley, UK), the film depicts the arms of buried skeletons are raising up from the ground in response to the sound of a single Marshal amplifier. Breakheart Quarry is owned by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and appears like an alien landscape, populated with silver birch trees, ancient layers of cotswold stones and red twigged bushes. The work plays on the theatricality of prop plastic bones from Hammer Horror movies, and the fabricated images of mass numbers of the undead coming back to life. The skeleton arms, suggest at the animation of a site mysteriously trapped in an unspecified nuclear past as an absurd ecology of bones and rock, soundtracked by Slayer’s Skeletons of Society.