Sunday, 7 February 2010


Image c Francis Elliott, Monster

Performance Season
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd March 2010
KALEID editions
artists who do books

KALEID is proud to announce scripturacontinua, a season
of performance art featuring Francis Elliott, Sheila Ghelani,
Jordan McKenzie and Helen Schoene.

Scriptura Continua refers to the writing of late antiquity
in which no inter-word spacing or punctuation was used,
with no distinction between cases. As such, the task of
interpreting the text fell to the reader, forced to divide the
written string of letters into words. Reading aloud, meaning
was only recovered through oralisation as the texts were
recited over and over again.

scripturacontinua considers parallels with performance
art in terms of ritual, repetition and shared experience. At
the invitation of Live Art practitioner and KALEID curator
Katharine Fry, each week a different artist responds to the
theme, with a live performance and the creation of limited
edition residua, inviting the audience to share a realm of
private acts and sacred texts.

Sheila Ghelani
2-7 March 2010
Sheila Ghelani finds spaces in the tumult of letters. With an
alchemical love story, she uses the gaps that exist either
side of words to open the space that we keep between us.
To fill these gaps, to find a way to communicate; she
shares her ingredients, looking deep into your eyes. A
mixture of sugar, spice and all things nice fall across the
table and find their way between the layers of her limited
edition flower presses as she looks for Me and You (sitting
in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G).

Performance, Tuesday 2nd March 2010 6-9pm

Helen Schoene
9-14 March 2010
Helen Schoene’s frustration comes with separation from her
mother tongue. Her diligent reading calls for ever increasing
scrutiny as she grasps for meaning, trying to unpick each
word. At her wit’s end, she turns back on herself, clutching
at straws, searching through split ends. Scanning, printing,
reprinting, repeating, Schoene transforms the gallery into
a site of production, as tresses, clumps and strands creep
across the walls. Finding herself at the centre of an irrational
web, the snake hair of Medusa emerging from her head,
Schoene invites you to unpick the tangled mass with limited
edition leporello booklets and jigsaw puzzles.
Performance, Tuesday 9th March 2010 6-9pm

Francis Elliott
16-21 March 2010
Francis Elliott has designed a series of pieces that, as
with the original monastic texts, demand an individual’s
reinterpretation to extract meaning. With an emphasis
on ritual, the viewer’s response creates a unique piece
becomes a residual memory of a specific moment in time.
Each of the pieces, Monster, Trace, Engine & Picasso’s
Guitar, needs a decisive act to bring about the creation of
the artwork. Made with deliberately quotidian materials,
bottled water, dressmaker’s patterns, maps and second
class stamps, this familiarity invites the viewer’s intimate

Performance, Tuesday 16th March 2010 6-9pm

Jordan McKenzie
23-27 March 2010
Jordan McKenzie responds with painstaking sincerity;
listening, stopping, writing, and overwriting. Studiously taking
dictation, he draws inspiration from Umberto Eco “ a man
who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot
say to her, ‘’I love you madly,’’ because he knows that she
knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words
have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still, there is
a solution. He can say, ‘’As Barbara Cartland would put it, I
love you madly.’’Scribing and scribbling his unwavering ode
to endless love, McKenzie invites you to enact your own ritual
consideration with a Burning Love boxset.

Performance, Tuesday 23rd March 2010 6-9pm

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