I’m preparing for some new writing pieces and events in the coming weeks including:
A review of Still House: Of Riders and Running Horses, 25-26 September as part of Fierce Festival, Birmingham
“We find a space in the margins of the city in which to gather: to start an ad-hoc ceremony, to stamp our feet and shake our limbs, to dance in the face of an ending.”
Of Riders and Running Horses is a stirring and visceral new dance event by Still House created as a communal animation of urban spaces. Five female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together. This performance will take place off-site – on the top floor of a Birmingham car park with sweeping views across the city.
A review of Sven Bergelt: Future Worn Out New One, opening 17 September at NEST, Birmingham
Leipzig based artist Sven Bergelt has been in residence with Glenn Howells Architects and WERK for three months exploring the city of Birmingham. The artists work navigates Birmingham‘s past, present and future architectural styles as well as its pre-occupation with regenerating itself. Future Worn Out New One is a symbolic manifestation of the artists research and response to the city.
A review of Concrete Fictions at New Art Projects, 27 August – 4 October
Concrete Fictions will be made up of 4 solo shows by contemporary artists Ricardo Alcaide, Jessie Makinson, Ayo & Oni Oshodi and Kadie Salmon.
Each artist has a different nationality and background. Each has a very different practice; their media include photography, painting, sculpture and performance. However they share an interest in the construction of scenarios that reveal a narrative. Through assembling images, often using different kinds of visual and material collage, each artist generates a concrete fiction.
Chairing a panel discussion at Sluice 2015 for After Carl, 4pm 16 October
A discussion of the discrepancies around Carl Andre’s ‘Equivalent VIII’ (Tate), its description, measurements, provenance, and position within art history. Presented by Ech-O-Cham-Ber. Panelists André de Jong, Andrew Lacon, Cathy Wade.
A lecture for MA students at Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University on Performing the Body; Performing Gender, 26 October.
Above text taken from respective press texts.