KELLY/MARHAUG The Drop from the chapter Holding on by Letting Go. Video and live performance, the curator’s attic*. From Vociferous Void exhibition. Spode factory, 2012. Stoke on Trent. Photo: Bjarte Bjørkum

COLLURA/LAUNDER: Glancing at Spode. Collaborative Performance. 3 performances during Sept & Oct. 2013. Each comprising of 3 fragments: 1960`s/2008/1770`s. Performed at the former Spode Works, Stoke on Trent, UK in Launder`s installation Routemaster Spode Office. 

Neil Brownsword: National Treasure, documentation of performative installation, featuring Anthony Challinor. From Vociferus Void. Spode factory, Stoke on Trent.2013. 

In its first phase, the project evolved out of six site-specific residencies with a range of multi-media responses centred primarily around the former Spode ceramics factory and broader post-industrial landscape of Stoke-on-Trent. It positions itself within recent cultural discourse that critically interrogates the transformation of places, communities and sites of abandoned industry. The lure of ruination and ‘materiality of dereliction’ has endured in contemporary art to examine cultural and political concerns, which Topographies of the Obsolete extends, but has been distinguished by its analysis of a particular locality and industry. Focusing on the singularity and associated histories of the Spode site, phase one questioned how ‘ceramics’ can be interrogated via site-specific engagement beyond the traditional scope of its materiality. Through the perspectives of artistic research it has examined the geological, anthropological,socio-economic and global/historic dimensions of ‘ceramics’ to offer new insights into the complexities of deindustrialisation.

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KELLY/MARHAUG Slipping: British Ceramics Biennial commission performance for the opening, Stoke on Trent UK, curator Anne H Mydland and Neil Brownsword. 27. September, 2013, Duration 15 min. Photo Bjarte Bjørkum

Residue of performative installation National Treasure. Discarded (Spode) plate, found and painted at the former Spode Factory by Anthony Challinor during Vociferous Void (exhibition 27.09.13 - 10.11.13).  Spode factory, Stoke on Trent.Photo: Bjarte Bjørkum