An evening of readings, videos and performances from a group of artists working through the embodiment of voice, inscription and linguistic dynamics. Exploring the haptics of auto-ethnographic writing, found text and technology-assisted transcription, the event features diverse schemas of approaching voicing, mouthing and speaking through self and others.
With contributions from Ioanna Gerakidi, Juliet Jacques, Erica Scourti, Cally Spooner, Jesper List Thomsen.
The evening is initiated by Ioanna Gerakidi and Erica Scourti, in collaboration with Hot Wheels Projects and is accompanied by a forthcoming publication of a collection of texts by the contributing artists.
Readings and Performances
Jesper List Thomsen will be reading from a work in progress (yet to be titled) The Body, The Body, The Tongue; The Neoliberal I; Blackbirds. He will also show a painting featuring a nine meter long line, the length of the average human digestive tract starting from the mouth and ending at the anus.
Lost to the Phosphorus (2017) by Erica Scourti
Moving through darkness and the application of makeshift apotropaic devices, a text exploring psychic, linguistic and somatic contamination slips between registers of intelligibility, trying to find a way to resist solid borders.
Chorus Parade*. It Rips My Instincts. by Ioanna Gerakidi
Chorus Parade is a composition of erotic letters and sounds written for past, current and future lovers.
Chorus Parade is a text about love, lust, desire and grief.
Chorus Parade is an invitation.
When words are arrogant, voices are wilfully loud.
**The title is borrowed by the homonymous sound piece written by Nikos Xydakis for Theater of Thessaly’s Production Electra: http://www.glass-bead.org/audio-research/nikos-xydakis/?lang=enview
Sertraline Surrealism by Juliet Jacques
Sertraline Surrealism is a fragmentary text that explores how concepts of the ‘mad, neglected genius’ and the ‘convulsive woman’ fed into the Romantic and Surrealist movements, and how they impact upon younger artists, through a reading of gender-neutral writer/artist Claude Cahun. In this performance, Jacques reads from the work to a soundtrack by Vladislav Delay, looking at how misogyny and mental health stigma continue to affect creative choices.
United In Stomach Flu, London Weeps by Cally Spooner
A reading from a novel in progress on states of rehearsal, Galileo’s telescope, out-of-work speech writers, sweat, shame, false tears and outsourcing.
You Will Be Free by Juliet Jacques
You Will Be Free responds to Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati’s ‘Putti’s Pudding’ – a series of drawings and texts made together as the two lovers were dying from AIDS-related illnesses in 1989 – utilising a quote from Mueller’s writing as a point of departure for Jacques’ poetic reflections on the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis, as well as notions surrounding death, the body and afterlife.
I Statements by Erica Scourti
A continuous self-centred monologue of statements generated from the artist’s diary written into a loose associative text.
OFF CAMERA DIALOGUE by Cally Spooner
Recalling a marketing practice whereby the voice and words of employees are coached, tweaked and scored to the point of musical crescendo to produce a smoother corporate image.
Ioanna Gerakidi is a writer based both in Athens and Amsterdam. She holds an MA in Critical Studies Department of Sandberg Instituut and she has collaborated with Athens Biennale, 3 137 Artist Run Project Space and Mister Motley Magazine, among others. In 2016, she co-initiated Uh Uh Uh Umm Reading Group and in 2017, she co-authored, edited and self-published the book ‘I EAT THE WORDS AND THEY TASTE OF HISTORY’. She currently works as an editor for Collecteurs Platform and as a tutor for Gerrit Rietveld Akademie. During 2018, she will also spent a few weeks as a resident at Rupert Foundation.
Juliet Jacques is a writer and filmmaker. In addition to publishing two books, Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive, 2007) and Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015), her fiction, essays and journalism have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, Sight & Sound, Frieze and many other publications. She lives in London.
Erica Scourti was born in Athens, Greece and is now based in London/ Athens. Her work has been shown internationally at the Wellcome Collection, Microscope Gallery, New York, Hayward Gallery, Munich Kunstverein, EMST Athens, Autoitalia and South London Gallery. She has recently published an essay in Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017).
Cally Spooner is a choreographer and writer. Her recent exhibitions include The New Museum, New York and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (in 2016). Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017). Her live productions have been presented by (including) Tate Modern, Perfoma 13 and Tate Britain. Her novel, Collapsing In Parts, was published by Mousse in 2012, her books of SCRIPTS by Slimvolume in 2016. Her company OFFSHORE IN forms wherever it finds itself and is emerging throughout 2018 – 19.
Jesper List Thomsen
Jesper List Thomsen is an artist and writer. He is also a part of Am Nuden Da. Recent exhibitions and performances include A Social Body Event, Serpentine Gallery, London; Hollis and Money, Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart; Hand and Mind, Grand Union, Birmingham; The boys the girls and the political, Lisson Gallery, London; One Hour Exhibition, South London Gallery, London. His writings has recently been published in Material; Cadavere Quotidiano; Versuch, Notes and Projects.