Performance as Publishing

pap_from_script_yellow_webFrom script to reading to exhibition to performance to print

Thursday 5 September – Sunday 6 October 2013
Opening times: Thursday – Saturday, 12-6pm
Rowing is pleased to present From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print, a collaboration with Performance as Publishing (Ruth Beale and Nicole Bachmann). Taking the form of an exhibition in progress, From script to reading… is punctuated by a series of performative events and a publication.

With works and interventions by: Am Nuden Da, Nicole Bachmann, Ruth Beale, Neil Beloufa, Alex Cecchetti, Guy de Cointet, Beth Collar, Marcelline Delbecq, Jess Flood-Paddock, Mark Geffriaud, Chosil Kil, Patrizio Di Massimo, Sharon Morris, Rory Pilgrim and Benjamin Valenza. Publication contributions by: Fiona Banner, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Michael Dean, Marcelline Delbecq, Emma Kay, Jess Flood- Paddock, Katja Novitskova, Francesco Pedraglio, Alun Rowlands and Cara Tolmie.

From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print is an exhibition that evolves over one month and loosely follows a circular movement taking into consideration the different forms and formats text can inhabit. It goes from script to spoken word, from pieces in the exhibition serving as starting points to performances, remnants of performances becoming an exhibition. A library area where documentation of previous performances, as well as other materials and various publications provided by artists involved in the project will be available to the public for the duration of the exhibition.

Linking together a variety of artists’ work and practices which use text and script as a starting point, the fragmented organisation of the exhibition challenges the boundaries between event and exhibition, beginning and end, inviting visitors to experience the gallery as a continually growing event.

Am Nuden Da will prepare the exhibition space at Rowing, installing their work Facebook Blue Filler quoting the rhythmic manner of Blinky Palermo’s Blaue Dreiecke, 1970, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Interested in the mark as a point of derivation, the installation presents itself slightly above eye height as an extended ellipsis, a lead-in to, and out of the main event. The installation is based on what seems to be the most frequently circulated image of the Palermo work, the crop of this particular photograph includes 8 triangles over 3 walls.

Organised by artists Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale, Performance as Publishing investigates the shifting relations between performance practice and discourse, event and writing. The project explores the work of contemporary artists who use text and writing/speaking as a basis for their performance. Text does not primarily appear as a means of communication but as an end-point which has a shape and structure of its own. The performative act appears as an investigation into how meaning can be transformed and constructed through speech act and the voice, whereas ‘static’ pieces play on the potentiality of this event.

12 September – 6 October
Exhibition: Nicole Bachmann, Ruth Beale, Neil Beloufa, Guy de Cointet, Patrizio di Massimo, Jess Flood-Paddock, Chosil Kil

Thursday 12 September, 6-9pm
Exhibition opening and performances: Alex Cecchetti, Beth Collar, Benjamin Valenza

Thursday 3 October, 6-9pm
Performances: Ruth Beale, Marcelline Delbecq

Saturday 5 October, 3pm
Performances: Mark Geffriaud, Sharon Morris

Sunday 6 October, 3pm
Performance: Rory Pilgrim

Designed by An Endless Supply, the publication will be produced with interventions by Fiona Banner, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Michael Dean, Marceline Delbeck, Jess Flood-Paddock, Emma Kay, Katja Novitskova, Francesco Pedraglio, Alun Rowlands and Cara Tolmie.

Curated by Nicole Bachmann, Ruth Beale (Performance as Publishing) and Guillaume Breton, Tyler Woolcott (Rowing)

With project support from Fluxus Fund, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
To check on progress of the exhibition and events, please follow @fromscript2perf on twitter

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