still photographs courtesy of Richard Launder

If the projections and experiments staged at KMD in January 2018, marked both an articulation of the frustrations that had been building-up around my use of representations and the first tentative steps in reappraising the centrality of the image to my research inquiry, ‘The objects perform themselves’, created as part of a workshop run by Richard Launder, Jefford Horrigan, Peter McCaughey and Julia Collura, marked perhaps a more through-going albeit unrefined response in practice to those frustrations, marking a decisive move forward in my work by creating a different relationship between image and embodied, situated practice, which also decisively and explicitly moved my image-making beyond “collecting evidence” and into creating it.

 

The work used a collective performance (seen in the photographs, above) to assemble the sounds and objects which would ultimately become an installation, recorded using video (see, right).

 

On the sound-track of the video you can hear the repeated "chirrup" created by electronic smoke alarms which form a part of the installation. This work was also notable in that it marked an early example of my deliberate incorporation of past, autobiographical experience in my work-making (Here, the experience of moving through a building full of many dozens of failing smoke detectors), along with the then dominant visual motifs of my research; those objects (in this case chairs) whose affordances were redolent of absent bodily presence.

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Feb 2018 'The objects perform themselves', Bergen. Photo and video documentation of performance and installation

Introduction

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Oct-Dec 2016, rolled bedding, recently vacated apartment room, Nygardsgaten, Bergen. Photograph 

 

Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied rooms, forensic investigation training house, Nottingham. Photographs

 

Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied room, forensic investigation training house. Video

 

Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Photograph

 

Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Video work

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Feb 2017, 'Birdsong'.

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Mar 2017 material from PKU Spring Forum, first presentation

 

Mar 2018 PKU Spring Forum, second presentation

 

Apr 2018 paper delivered to 2018 SAR conference, Plymouth

 

Mar 2019 PKU Spring Forum, third and final presentation

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May 2017 'A performance after a performance', Voksenåsen, Video work

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Aug - Oct 2017 video work: coats in corridor, chairs in gymnasium, nr. Helsinki; rolled-bedding, recently vacated apartment, Bergen

 

Nov 2017 the empty walls of DH's studio

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Oct 2017 'Between, Before, After, Elsewhere'. Exhibition at Kunstgarasjen, Bergen

 

Jan 2018 KMD, image and situatedness

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Feb 2018 'The objects perform themselves', Bergen. Photo & Video documentation of performance

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Mar 2018 CCFT fieldwork, Agios Sozomenos, Cyprus

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June 2018 initial tests with hospital ventilators. Video documentation

 

Apr-May 2019 'It's only when I rest that I sense your presence', installation, HKS, Bergen

 

Apr-May 2019 It's only when I rest that I sense your presence, text work, HKS, Bergen

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July 2018 'In silence', performance, Berlin. Audio realisation of performance and photo documentation

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Nov 2018 A Foreign Body: Absence, a denial of presence. Transplanting a Sitka spruce tree. Tælavåg. Video work

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Feb 2019 'Foreign Bodies, Empty Rooms', Bergen Natural History Museum. Audio-visual realisation of performance

 

Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', installation, Bergen Natural History Museum

 

Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', text work, Bergen Natural History Museum

 

Oct 2019 The Museum's Wrong Bodies, presentation at Bergen Natural History Museum

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July 2019 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (1st iteration) performed at Cracking the Established order

 

Oct 2019 Between our Words... (2nd iteration), performed in UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Feb 2020 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (3rd iteration) performance at Borealis Festival. Audio documentation

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Feb - Mar 2020 abortive (pre-Covid) plans for final artistic result at Bergen Natural History Museum.

 

May 2020 Lecture on revised work in progress toward final artistic result, to staff and students at KMD

 

October 2020 Artist's book, The Wrong Bodies, based on work on the body and institutional silence, at Bergen Natural History Museum

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Artistic Result

 

Reflection


video documentation of the installation that marked the aftermath and culmination  of the performance