Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Image: Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Cocker, Re- (UNFIXED), 2010
UNFIXED is a series of events developed by Reading for Reading Sake (RfRS) that will take place at Flat Time House, John Latham Foundation and Archive from Thursday 2nd December – Saturday 4th December. Contributors include Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group, Patrick Coyle, David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham (with Emma Cocker), John Hill. See further information and the full programme here.
RfRS Curatorial Outline
To read is to absorb, comprehend, determine and evaluate. These processes come to pass not only in the interpretation of a text, but in the perception of any given material. All material is data to be read, accordingly all material is privy to the particular positioning of a participant within a given time and space. John Latham understood books as symbols of fixed knowledge. The printed word, inscribed for its purpose in a particular moment lays unchanged, whilst the universe moves on regardless. How can artists reactivate the fixedness of publications and make the words move with the universe?
Contributors to the programme work with an attention to the publicness and privateness of any given reading moment and the activation therein. Certain discourses reappear across works in the show, most prominently: collectivity and singularity, text as score, pedagogy, haptic gestures, instruction and fallibility, displaced words, the mediation of one text with another, dissemination, dialogue, bodies of knowledge, publishing as performance, and the fixedness of the printed word.
Re – (UNFIXED)
Re – is an ongoing, iterative performance reading that presses on two writers – and two writing practices – coming together to explore process, product and performance (of text). For UNFIXED, Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Cocker present a re-iteration of Re – that essays the relationship between performance/document, live/recording, writing/written through the collision of spoken, textual and gestural languages.
This re-staging (of a previous performance, Re – Afterlive) attempts to re-activate or unfix how the performance document functions, where the disparate parts or fragments of documentation inevitably begin to fall out of sync, creating the potential for new connections and relations between the different elements of the work. Presented side-by-side, two monitors relay fragments of a performance, two facets of the same event rubbing up against one another: the promise of dialogue. A live spoken text fluctuates in and out of the installation – sometimes as a scheduled reading for an audience, at times unannounced, on other occasions silently – at first attempting to synchronize with the elements presented on the monitors, but gradually failing to keep pace over time.
Monday, 18 October 2010
At the invitation of Emma Cocker, I will be contributing this to Invitation Only at the British Art Show's Sideshow Book Fair:
(W)reading Performance Writing No.2 (Sideshow Book Fair)
Edition of 1.
Price – 200GBP
For Sideshow Book Fair, I have re-made a special one-off hard copy of (W)reading Performance Writing based on instructions by Marit Münzberg.
Assembling together twenty practitioners from diverse fields of poetry, theatre, visual art and performance on the topic of Performance Writing, (W)reading Performance Writing is a unique guide that comprises of syllabuses, manifestos, scores, personal testimonies and practical exercises. It also includes a detailed subject area index. (W)reading Performance Writing is highly speculative and encourages an active read. A note on its particular invitation can be found in the section Invitation to (W)read.
This special edition for Sideshow contains a variety of bindings and textured papers, a pencil (for scribbling), several carefully retained printing errors and some previously unseen material.
Contributors Charles Bernstein, Caroline Bergvall, David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker, Mark Caffrey, Alex Eisenberg, John Hall, Claire Hind, Richard Kostelanetz, Johanna Linsley, Claire MacDonald, Rebecca May Marston, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood, Mary Paterson, Joshua Sofaer, Danae Theodoridou, Peter Walsh and Simon Zimmerman. Design by Marit Münzberg.
(W)reading Performance Writing No.1 was commissioned by the Live Art Development Agency in 2010. It is also available as a specially designed downloadable PDF at thisisliveart.co.uk.
'Invitation Only brings together a series of book works, pamphlets, readers, scores … that operate at the level of the invitational, instructional or propositional, as potential provocations or departure points prompting future action or enquiry. For the Sideshow Book Fair these works are invitations they ask be to be pursued, used and engaged with as part of the live event itself.Invitation Only is a platform for presenting and engaging discussion around a body of work produced and curated by artists and writers including David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and Marit Münzberg.
David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and Marit Münzberg have worked together on a number of projects exploring the relationship between writing, exhibition and publication.Invitation Only focuses explicitly on the invitational or propositional imperative within their recent practices in order to develop future dialogue around this shared area of concern.Invitation Only will be followed by an event and panel discussion entitled R.S.V.P where a number of invited speakers address ideas relating to invitational, instructional or propositional forms of writing, text and language through the specificity of their own practices.'
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Saturday, 16 October 2010
READERS WANTED by Rachel Lois Clapham in collaboration with Antje Hildebrandt.
READERS WANTED to share an intimate (w)reading performance for two. This is a little game, a small exercise in trust and a live cursive encounter. You can decide how long it might take. Two minutes is good though. Bring a + 1 with you if you like.
Please come. I'll be waiting.
Indebted to Antje Hildebrandt and all the readers at Pigeon Wing.
Friday, 15 October 2010
‘Throughout summer 2009 Rachel Lois Clapham, Alex Eisenberg and David Berridge are reading Richard Kostelanetz’s (RK) 1975 anthology Essaying Essays. Its abundance of forms - drawing on performance scripts, conceptual art, concrete poetry, experimental fiction and critical prose - feed into various individual and collective projects.
This personal, almost hopeful, sense of the diagram as a writerly form and endeavour - which, as a recently awoken and angry David is keen to point out, retains a sense of space that is distinct from that of drawing - is countered and extended by two diagram pieces inserted outside A Script About Fantastic Diagrams proper, which appear unannounced amongst the remaining journal content.
Both these diagrammatic moments point outside themselves, pivoting away from the proposition set out by the main script and activate material that lies adjacent to them in the journal (as well as reflecting back onto the diagrams themselves when folded closed) to create new meanings. It is perhaps this sense of activation that pinpoints how exactly diagrams might frustrate - as both process and product. The script ends with David commenting on the confounding nature of the diagram. ‘It lacks the commonality that language brokenly attains. Its possibilities remain resistant, its sociality is, well, odd. It tantalizes with its ambition, yet must be rationed. I say farewell to the diagram here.’
INSIDE PERFORMANCE is a serialised writing project developed by Rachel Lois Clapham for Dance Theatre Journal. Taking the form of a regular newspaper or magazine ‘column’ INSIDE PERFORMANCE is a periodic journey into the practice of writing from or as performance.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
By Rachel Lois Clapham
David and I interviewed by Hyun Jin Cho live from the Pigeon Wing on WRITING/EXHIBITION/PUBLICATION.
or come here:
129—131 MARE STREET
LONDON E8 3RH
6th of October 1 – 6pm
Sarah Jury and Ruth Beale invite artists from The Pigeon Wing plus more. Matt Lewis, Emma Leach, Tamarin Norwood, Bella Szyszkowska, Julia Calver, Nicole Bachmann, Jill Magi, Helen Kaplinsky, Hammam Aldouri, David Berridge, Hyun Jin Cho, Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Leach.
1 - 3pm Part 1.
13:05 Tamarin Norwood presents TEXT AS MACHINE
13:15 WRITING/ EXHIBITION/ CONVERSATION, an exchange about the recent exhibition at The Pigeon Wing. David Berridge, Hyun Jin Cho and Rachel Clapham.
13:35 Matt Lewis, seeing aloud. ‘a live creation of radio sound-effects, a bit like The Archers but without the dialogue’.
13:50 SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS an audio essay by Jill Magi.
14:15 Hammam Aldouri and Helen Kaplinsky. The Artists Assistant: Acts of Obedience, includes a discussion of authorship.
4 - 6pm Part 2.
16:00 Ruth Beale’s Pioneer Singers perform 'Sing Me a Song with Social Significance' and then discuss their motives. Followed by three other covers versions.
16:35 Julia Calver, A reading from new writing. These coins, my eyes
16:50 Nicole Bachmann, La conversation
16:55 Matt Lewis, seeing aloud. ‘a live creation of radio sound-effects, a bit like The Archers but without the dialogue’.
17:15 Storytime with Bella Szyszkowska. Death Valley
17:30 Emma Leach, A short presentation about fear, the sea and the slippery nature of text in works by the artist.
17:45 Spartacus Chetwynd