Friday, 11 September 2009



What is the future of experimental critical writing and how is it being informed by its past?

How might the practices of different generations – from avant-garde pioneers to recent graduates – be brought into contact?

How might live/visual/textual practitioners, artist scholars experimenting with writing’s forms, and artists working with text come together?

Writing Live...


Writing Live is a Performa education project produced by Performa, Open Dialogues and thespacebetweenwords in connection with Performa 09.

Writing Live is an equal community of peers working in the intersection between art, writing and performance, focussed on international and intergenerational cultural exchange.

Writing Live launched at Performa09, where 8 US based Writing Live Fellows participated in workshops, worked with Performa09 artists, and contributed to a curated platform of experimental critical writing in collaboration with Performa09.

To see  a partial Writing Live 09 archive on the Performa website go to :

Contact Open Dialogues for full programme content.

Writing Live 09 Symposium


Open Dialogues

Open Dialogues is a UK based writing collaboration, founded by Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson, that produces critical writing on contemporary art.

Space Between Words

Founded by Claire MacDonald, Space Between Words is an international collaborative network engaging with writing across the expanded field of literature, art and performance – including visual and language poetry, digital writing, performance, theatre, film, music and dance.


Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

Writing Live Background

Writing Live brings together an international group of young critics, curators and artists to generate writing material related to PERFORMA07. Writing Live is a continuation of the ongoing Not For Sale public education series, which features artists, authors, and critics discussing the current issues in performance and new media, and the related task of writing about and art and artists whose work encompasses several disciplines at once. Writing Live develops previous Not For Sale activities including Writing on Performance and New Media - a two part symposium during PERFORMA05 and the PERFORMA Summer Workshops of 2006. Directed: RoseLee Goldberg & Defne Ayas. Co-ordinated by: Rachel Lois Clapham (Writing Live Fellow), Rebecca May Marston (Writing Live Fellow) and Mary Paterson (Writing Live Fellow). Writing Live 2007 was part funded by Arts Council England.

Writing Live 2009: US Director Defne Ayas (Performa), Associate Patricia Milder. Curators Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson in association with Claire MacDonald.

Writing Live 2009 is hosted by Cooper Union University and The Bronx Museum and is supported by Arts Council of England

Monday, 7 September 2009

Notes on NOTES- Scoring Notes on a Return

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Notes on NOTES
was a writing residency in which writers Rachel Lois Clapham, John Dummett and Matthew Hearne worked in the Laing Gallery from 4-5th September to make notes in response to the Laing’s Notes on a Return exhibition.

Each note was a live, public and imperfect fiction of Notes on a Return that explored how to notate, house and return to the live. The public interacted with the writers in several drop in sessions and the residency ended with a live session entitled ‘The Final Word’

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Scoring Notes on a Return, a project for Notes on NOTES by Rachel Lois Clapham

Ultimately speculative, a score lies in between action and object, performance and document; it is a singular record of action past or imagined and a call to future performances.

Over the two days of Notes on NOTES I worked on how to compose or punctuate performance by re-arranging objects and visuals in the space and collecting prompts from audience members in order to collectively develop a score for Notes on a Return.

‘The Final Word’ was an electric fan which blew into the space, automatically deciding the final arrangement of the score.

The score currently remains as a collectively authored blueprint for future writing on Notes on a Return.

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For more details of Notes on Notes and Matthew and John’s work please see

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Seeds and Bridges

Announcing the 2009 season of 'seeds & bridges'. All the events explore ideas of space and sound / architecture and sonic structures.


Saturday 3rd October
@ RED gallery, Osborne street (behind Primark), Hull
7pm, free entry

John Grzinich (Estonia)
Max Shentelevs (Latvia)
Simon Whetham (Bristol)

*3 artists working with sound, finding interesting things in our daily spaces and places, combining field recordings with everyday objects and small instruments and even a laptop !. Their work has appeared on various labels and in galleries and concerts all over the world*


Saturday 7th November
@ Holy Trinity Church, marketplace, Hull
12 noon to 4pm
free entry

Patrick Farmer (percussion, stones)
Sarah Hughes (zither, stones, drawing)
Shayla Reynolds (installations)
Jez riley French (surface vibrations, stones, small objects & instruments)

*an afternoon exploration of the sound and spaces of Holy Trinity Church, including installation & sound + a performance of Christian Wolff's seminal text score 'stones' + a new score by Jez riley French*


Saturday 12th December
@ Ferens Art Gallery, Victoria Square, Hull
2.30pm, free entry

Philip Thomas (piano)

*a rare solo recital in Hull from one of Europe's leading interpreters of contemporary piano works. Philip is senior lecturer in performance at Huddersfield University and for this special performance he will perform graphic scores by Cage, Wolff, Cardew & also one of the four specially commissioned photographic scores for seeds & bridges 2009 by Jez riley french*

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