A Newsletter for May and June

INT. EXT. – Ends 4pm, Friday 20th May

INT. EXT. explores the territory of the screenplay as a conceptual and material frame for auto-fictive practice. Video projection and an installation of specially created typographical drawing props explore the screenplay concepts of ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ in relation to Laconian ideas of the unconscious, and the ambiguities of memory. Writing within the film frame, using the video editing software as a site for producing an image-responsive text, reversing the orthodoxy of screenplay/film relations, and proposing art writing as moving image. Wild Pansy Project Space, School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies, Old Mining Building University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT. Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 5pm, Friday 10 am to 4pm. You can watch a trailer of the full projected film below:


ONE OR TWO THINGS THEY KNOW ABOUT HER, a play by Sharon Kivland, friday 20 may, 19.00 to 20.30 at art lacuna, 48 falcon rd, london, sw11 2lr

I am very fortunate to be one of the readers for this play, adapted for twenty-two voices for Pressure Chamber 0.5: House of Hysteria, as a read-through or table work, with the author as dramaturge. In 1999 Book Works published A Case of Hysteria, in which Sharon Kivland followed Sigmund Freud’s analysis of a young woman, ‘Dora’ (Ida Bauer). The book merges many voices and confusions of identity arise. Indeed, it turns on a matter of voice. There is a long chapter that appears to be a play, with many characters. They are those who have written about the case (a ‘fragment of an analysis a case of hysteria’), their words extracted as dialogue when they assert something – a speculation – about ‘Dora’ for which there is no textual evidence in Freud’s account or ‘fragment’. To this impossible dramatisation the author added the stage directions of a twentieth-century play, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. It has never been performed, though its performance has been imagined. 

Readers: Jake Arnott, Emma Bolland, Marianne Chase, Simon Crump, Richard Dodwell, Steve Dutton, Bryan Eccleshall, Gavin Edmonds, Michael Hampton, Francis Haselden, Matthew King, Rosanna McNamara, Megan Nolan, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Maggie Pettigrew, Lucy Pook, Holly Sandford, Isabella Streffen, Linda Stupart, Sam Talbot, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Frank Wasser

Places are limited for this event, as is seating. Booking is essential. Please email or telephone Tina Jenkins to reserve: tinajenkins@hotmail.co.uk 07786178078

Digital Re-enchantment: Place, Writing & Technology, Saturday 11th June 2016

I’m delighted to be one of the speakers at this symposium, together with Clare Archibald (Writer), David Borthwick (University of Glasgow), Sarah Cole (TIME/IMAGE & Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the British Library), David Cooper (Manchester Metropolitan University), and Brian Lewis (Longbarrow Press).

‘In Landmarks (2015) the writer Robert Macfarlane, expresses his anxiety for the way that technology “has bequeathed to us an inadequate and unsatisfying relationship with the natural world, and with ourselves too”. In what ways, though, might digital technologies enhance and enrich our relationships with the places in which we live and the spaces through which we move? How have landscape writers drawn upon digital technologies in their own exploratory creative practices? This informal symposium will bring together a diverse range of speakers – including writers, literary critics, a leading publisher, and a creative entrepreneur – to explore the imaginative possibilities and problems presented by different digital technologies.’ The symposium will be followed by an evening of readings, and group walk on the following day. To find out more, and book a place, click here.

Moving Performances: a day symposium exploring the politics and spaces of voice and unruly emotions, Thursday 23rd June, Faculty of Music, St Aldates, Oxford University

I’m also delighted to be part of Moving Performances, talking about experimenting with the technologised voice as a means of voicing, and talking to, the internalised ‘other’.

‘This day symposium will bring together academics, artists, composers and other researchers who are interested in the capacities and aesthetics of the voice in performance and its spatial politics. How might affects be engineered and negotiated through the bodies of artistic and musical performances? How are passions or insanities produced – both in genres such as opera and ballet, but also in spectacles of live art? How might such performances generate space and atmospheres? How might bodies performing/experiencing emotion move/be moved through spaces? What kind of political material is the voice as a connecting medium between performer and audience? What is the impact of the mediated or technologized voice on artistic or musical performance of excessive emotion? The symposium title uses cultural theorist Jennifer Doyle¹s phrase ‘unruly emotions’ (2013) to reference a recent discussion of contemporary art’s use of emotion and affect as artistic materials, often manifested by those working in the traditions of live art and performance. Such work involves specific bodies that inhabit particular places, an understanding which chimes with both musicology’s study of performances, and also cultural geography’s recent attention to affect and spatial politics. For more information on this event click here.



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