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 21 October 2018

    LUX | Safety Glass by Suzannah Pettigrew

    Safety Glass - by Suzannah Pettigrew - an interactive performance exploring relationships in online / offline spaces, takes place on Sunday 21st October 2018 at LUX, Waterlow Park Centre.

    Safety Glass builds on a romantic drama script by Suzannah Pettigrew, which was initiated during a live-streamed GDPR data party, commissioned by Hervisions. It evolves through a real-time script development performance and includes a video installation and a poetry exchange. The audience are encouraged to direct-message text for the script throughout the event, which may be weaved into the script and projected back into the installation space.The script follows a series of exchanges between characters OUTPUT and INPUT who exist in an imagined online space that is mediated by offline generated imagery and real life encounters. The audience becomes a spectator on their first date, taking place inside their direct messages where they go to an e-restaurant and eat emojis for dinner.The script challenges the rhetoric and expectation of gender roles and attempts to dismantle them and redefines how we navigate our contemporary relationships. Exploring the compatibility of online and offline language and semiotics, the rules of social hierarchy in digital spaces and our constant data exchange.Throughout the live event a video installation consisting of visuals made by George Jasper Stone, conceived by Stone and Pettigrew, will be projected into the space that allude to themes in the script. A soundscape from cktrlwill play for the duration and reinforce the immersive experience. The performance will conclude with a poetry exchange between Pettigrew and poet James Massiah

  • Mon 22 October 2018

    RCA | The Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) lectures | Week 1

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  • Fri 9 November 2018

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit | Day 1

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit brings together artists and artist run spaces and projects from the UK and Europe to think, talk, eat and sleep together and consider what artist run space is today, what artist run space might have once been, but no longer is, and what it might be in the future. Eastside Projects has invited five spaces, platforms or projects – Kunsthal Gent, Pallas Projects, Rabbits Road Press, Transmission Gallery and The White Pube – to frame this collective, public discussion. The two-day Summit is intended as a starting point for conversation, addressing the environments and ecologies we operate within, the function of artist-run space and the role of artists in the making of culture, community, infrastructure and policy that is responsive to all our needs.

  • Sat 10 November 2018

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit | Day 2

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