The Tetley Gallery, Leeds, 4 March 2017

ARC | Live Library: Performing the Self

Speakers:

Corin Sworn, Artist, Ben Roberts, Director, Artists’ Research Centre, Dr M A Katritzky, Open University, Robb Mitchell, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Dr Bernie Hogan, University of Oxford, Dr Elsa Richardson, Queen Mary, University of London, Gil Leung, Artist, William Rose, Producer Pavillion, Leeds

The public performance of a self, from the early modern stage to the digital platforms of social media, is central to human identity – how we understand ourselves and are perceived by others. An investigation of this performance of the self in society, its changing formats and contexts, has been at the core of Corin Sworn’s ARC Fellowship.

Live Library: Performing the Self, presents a spectrum of research concerned with how ideas of the ‘self’ are manifested in our culture. Is an individual defined by their professional activity, their financial status, their emotional state or creative output? How has society’s willingness to understand the self as a combination of these factors created new ways for identity to be expressed across these registers? What is the future for how we can present ourselves to the world and how will this affect our interactions with others?

To mark the culmination of Sworn’s Fellowship, a group of artists, writers and academics have been invited to give presentations of their work, considering these and other questions. The presentations, including talks, film and performance will be followed by conversations with Sworn about the ways these ideas connect to her practice - a Live Library; a performance of research made public.

Schedule

  • Sun 26 March 2017

    European Unision | Ruth Spencer Jolly

    European Unison’ will be a performance intervention staged at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds on Sunday 26th March 2017 at 6pm, conceived by the emerging artist Ruth Spencer Jolly. 28 pianists gather to represent the members of the European Union and play out the history of the EU from its birth to Brexit. The piece acts as a eulogy to the rich cultural exchange and peacekeeping cooperation we have turned our backs on. The ensemble of pianos demonstrates that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

    Ruth Spencer Jolly is an emerging artist from Birmingham. She recently graduated from the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and is currently Artist in Residence at St George’s School, Ascot. She has been noted as ‘one to watch’, profiled on Radio 3 Young Artists’ Day in 2015 and has featured in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibitions this year. She specialises in an interdisciplinary practice called ‘Musart’ which lies in the grey zone between the visual arts and music.

  • Tue 25 April 2017

    RCA | Luc Tuymans & Gilane Tawadros chairing by Georgios Kontis

    Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Cultural ID & Europe, Authenticity

  • Tue 9 May 2017

    QUAD Arts centre | PaintingDigitalPhotography conference

    The PaintingDigitalPhotography conference seeks to investigate how artists and theorists are currently engaged in critical discourses around the shifting relationships of painting, photography, and digital manipulation. How are these mediums being defined in their connection to one another as new hybrid forms are being created through their combination? What do these combinations tell us about these mediums and disciplines, their natures and practices, in the digital age? In what ways might digital imaging and manipulation enable a painting / photography interconnectivity? Central to the debate will be the focus on the blurred boundaries, common threads, antagonisms, distinctions, and growing interrelationship between painting, photography, and ‘the digital’ in the development of new creative practices.