My work in the studio will develop in dialogue with a network of researchers and practitioners contributing to the project through conversation and collaboration across a range of disciplines. By approaching drawing from the perspectives of sign language, poetry, choreography, 3D printing and additivism, acoustics and composition, I hope to bring new inflections to the spatial, temporal and conceptual space around the page. Aspects of this dialogue will be made public through a series of public events taking place in and around Spike Island in spring and summer 2016 - see EVENTS page for details. Each contributor will be invited to speak about some aspect of their work as it relates to an agreed prompt, each prompt extending the contributor's research towards ideas central to the residency project with the aim of creating a shared conceptual ground upon which to figure drawing and its processes.
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to think through objects and a poetic mean to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world. Her work has been featured in Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Animal New York, Creators Project, Dazed Digital, Huffington Post, NPR, Parkett Art Magazine, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, Al Jazeera, and BBC among others. Morehshin is currently a Lecturer at San Jose State University and the Co-Founder and Assistant Curator in Research at Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk.
Antonia Barnett-McIntosh is a Berlin-based composer of instrumental and vocal art music and has collaborated extensively with musicians, theatre and filmmakers, dancers, visual artists and poets. She is currently composer in residence with Hubbub Group at the Wellcome Collection in London. Her compositional concerns lie in the specificity of sound gestures and their variation, translation and adaptation, their essence and focus (and the blurring of that focus), often employing chance-based and procedural operations. Antonia’s music has been performed in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand, and the United States: by Aurora Orchestra, Chroma, Red Note Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, NorthArc, SoundPlay, and Tudor Consort; at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican's Pit Theatre, Wellcome Collection, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Traverse Theatre, and Strahler Berlin; at City of London Festival, Taste Festival Berlin, Festspillene i Nord-Norge (North Norway Festival), Capital Fringe Festival Washington D.C., 4 Days at Arnolfini Bristol, and as part of BBC 3's Hear and Now concert for 'Why Music?'. Antonia studied music composition at Victoria University of Wellington, receiving a First Class Honours degree with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with a Master of Music in Composition.
Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her research is focused on sound and literature across a range of publications and projects, driven by a longstanding interest in the relationship between listening, reading, writing, translating, recording and in the contingent conversations, questions, frictions, kinships that these fields generate, host or complicate. Over the last few years she has practised and theorised Writing Sound in connection to reading, memory, personal/collective histories, and the interplay between fiction and criticism. She is the author of F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound (Zer0 Books 2015) and En Abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books, 2012).
Tom Chivers was born in south London in 1983. His poetry publications include How to Build a City (Salt, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches, 2009), Flood Drain (Annexe, 2014) and, as editor, the award-winning anthology Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012). His latest collection, Dark Islands, was published in a limited edition by Test Centre in 2015. Tom has made perambulatory, site-specific and audio work for organisations such as LIFT Festival, Cape Farewell, Humber Mouth Literature Festival and the Southbank Centre. In 2011 his poem 'The Event' was turned into an animated film by Julia Pott and broadcast by Channel 4; it has subsequently been screened at film festivals worldwide and viewed over 100,000 times online. Tom is currently writing a non-fiction book entitled London Clay: Journeys into the Deep City. He lives in Rotherhithe and works as a publisher and arts producer.
Emma Cocker is a writer-artist and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her research often addresses the endeavour of creative labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Not Yet There unfolds as an interdisciplinary, hybridized enquiry that operates restlessly along the threshold of writing/art, involving performative, collaborative and creative prose approaches to writing in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice. Cocker's recent writing has been published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2011; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013, and Reading/Feeling, 2013. The first collection of Cocker’s writing entitled The Yes of the No is published by Site Gallery (2015). She is currently a key researcher on the project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations of the Line, a collaboration with artist Nikolaus Gansterer and choreographer Mariella Greil.
Martina Conti graduated in contemporary dance from Laban, London. Her artistic research explores the human body as an archival space and a place of transmission. She is interested in the immaterial and transient quality of performance and in using movement as a medium to create collective experiences and choreographed sculptures. Martina has been a dancer and a collaborating artist for British choreographer Angela Woodhouse since 2007. She is also part of Little Constellation, a network of contemporary art focused on geo-cultural micro-areas and small states of Europe. In 2014 and 2015 she was part of the research group A Natural Oasis, a transnational project curated by Little Constellation, Alessandro Castiglioni, and Simone Frangi for Mediterranea17. Her work has been presented at Viafarini (Milan), ‘Listen to the Sirens’ Space for Contemporary Art (Gibraltar), Atelierhaus Salzamt (Linz), Biennial of Young Artists of Europe (Skopje), Santarcangelo Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce (Genoa), Bonington Gallery and Lakeside Gallery (Nottingham). She is a postgraduate student in performance at Central Saint Martins / University of the Arts, London. She lives and works in London and San Marino.
Phil Owen is a writer and singer based in Bristol. His work is focussed on the research project where is this voice coming from, and who am I when I can hear it? which explores ideas around the voice, identity, inheritance, and appropriation. In recent years he has been published by/presented at Oriel Myrddin, Mission Gallery, g39, Chapter, Arnolfini, Standpoint Gallery, Lydgalleriet, and Doggerland (forthcoming). He co-founded the salon event Tertulia with Megan Wakefield in 2010, and works as an Assistant Curator at Arnolfini.
Kyra Pollitt is an artist in word and sign. She comes to writing from a successful career as a published translator and international interpreter. Her doctoral thesis investigated the nature of poetics in natural sign languages. Kyra is currently enjoying The Travelling Language Gallery – a collective of artist-writers she founded in 2015, who write and perform bespoke poetry for events and sites. Back in 2001, Kyra translated and performed the winning poem (Text4) at the Manchester Poetry Festival. In 2013 she won the InsideArts/ Faber Poetry Translation Prize. Kyra has performed her translations of the works of acclaimed poets Simon Armitage and Roger McGough onstage with them (at Latitude, 2012 and 2014 respectively). In 2014 she made a film-poem in collaboration with Edinburgh Maker Christine da Luca, which debuted at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and was shown at literary festivals across Scotland. In 2013 Kyra staged two days of Action/Assemblage: drawing together at the Royal West of England Academy, inviting the public to question the involvement of the body in acts of drawing and translation. Kyra has devised and performed more than 300 theatrical translations, and also live interpretations of musical performances by — amongst others -— Annie Lennox (Heldenplatz, Vienna, 2010), Blondie (Other Stage, Glastonbury, 2014), First Aid Kit (Obelisk Stage, Latitude 2012 and 2014), Stealing Sheep (i-Arena, Latitude, 2013 for Blue Peter), and regularly for Billy Bragg (2009-2015).
Daniel Rourke is a writer/artist/academic/etc. His research hijacks speculative and science fiction in search of a radical 'outside' to the human(ities), including extensive writing on the intersection between digital materiality and the arts. He is a feature and review writer for Rhizome.org and Furtherfield.org, lecturer in Digital Media Arts at London South Bank University, and associate lecturer for the History of Art, Design and Film at Kingston University. Daniel will complete his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, in early 2016.
Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer working with text, video and sculptural installation to examine gesture and pictorial figuration in drawing and writing. UK commissions include Tate Britain, Art on the Underground, Modern Art Oxford; international exhibitions include MOCCA Toronto, ICA Philadelphia and Beton7 Athens. Art writing and fiction includes publications by the ICA, LADA and Bloodaxe, her artist book 'olololo' was published by Modern Art Oxford with Book Works studio. Through 2014-16 she is part of the inaugural team of research Hub residents at the Wellcome Collection London; through 2016 she will be artist writer in residence at Spike Island Bristol. Tamarin studied linguistics and medieval Italian literature before training as an artist at Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths, and is now completing a practice-led doctorate in Fine Art as an Oxford University Clarendon Scholar.
Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Based in Bristol, UK, it is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.