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The Italic I

Project Space Plus

3 November – 14 November

Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton 

The Italic I is a practice-based collaboration between writer-artist Emma Cocker and interdisciplinary artist Clare Thornton that explores the different states of potential made possible through purposefully surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. Within The Italic I the act of falling is slowed and extended through the use of both lens and language, as a means for attending to its discrete phases or scenes. Within The Italic I, the studio is approached as a gymnasium, a testing ground for rehearsing and interrogating distinct episodes within falling. We address the micro-narrative of the fall itself; the fall becomes an investigative action, performance-as-experiment. A commitment is made to the event of repeated falling in and of itself, to putting the diagonal under pressure. A body falls over and over again and again; a lens acts as witness. Each movement begins before the movement has truly begun: every move is preceded in an endless falling loop

 

The exhibition at Project Space Plus comprised new sculptural, time-based and textual works for exhibition, animated by a series of live events, including a dual slide projector work animating a non-sequential series of still images of falling, presented alongside an artists’ publication; a large wall text presenting a 16 stage lexicon for reflecting on the arc of falling, as well as sculptural falling apparatus, and monitor based text work.

 

 

Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, The Italic I, project space plus, 2014, Installation documentation. Large scale wall work as part of The Italic I, comprising a 16 stage lexicon for reflecting on the arc of falling. These are poetic categories that attempt to attend to the qualitatively different phases within falling including: This was a wall painting commissioned from a local sign-writer. Documentation by Tom Hemming.

Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, The Italic I, project space plus, 2014, Installation Gallery Part 1 – comprising falling apparatus, and monitor based text work. Documentation by Tom Hemming.

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Cocker & her collaborator Clare Thornton (a participant in the NTU Fine Art Summer Lodge) have a new exhibition at project space plus in Lincoln from 3rd November.

You are invited to the launch event and reading on 11th November - booking advised via http://theitalici.eventbrite.co.uk

The Italic I is a collaborative interdisciplinary project by Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, comprising new sculptural, time-based and textual works for exhibition, animated by a series of live events. Within The Italic I, Cocker and Thornton approach the gallery as gymnasium, a training space for exploring the different states of potential made possible through voluntarily surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. The Italic I involves an attempt to slow and extend the duration of falling in order to suspend and elaborate upon its discrete phases or scenes, which in turn sheds light on the process of artistic collaboration itself and the making of meaning within creative labour.

“We are seeking new vocabularies for reflecting on the labour within artistic practice. We address states of ‘not knowing’ within the creative process, focusing on the act of collaboration itself as a site of desirable negotiation. We are striving to find the means for speaking about the experience of practice, wrestling with the idea of what it is to collaborate. The motif of the fall becomes the foil through which to reflect on the undisclosed, unnamed, or even invisible episodes within artistic endeavour, the various tipping points between thinking and action. Falling. Artistic Labour. Over and over, beginning again and again, repeating gestures, not for the perfection of a given move but rather moves towards deeper understanding”.

 

Event Programme

In the second week of exhibition, The Italic I will be animated by a series of live events including live performance actions. a performance reading and publication launch, and a reading group. The artists will also be working in the space at specific times.

 

Launch Event + Performance Reading

Tuesday 11 November

17.30 – 19.30, 18.00 Performance Reading

In conjunction with their exhibition The Italic I at project space plus, Cocker and Thornton have produced an artists’ publication, which they will also present in the form of a performance reading. Booking advised.  http://theitalici.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Reading Group

Tuesday 11 November

11.00 – 12.00

Cocker and Thornton will host a reading group focusing on extracts from Erin Manning’s, Relationscapes: Movement, Art and Philosophy (2012) as a means for generating discussion around the ideas and concerns relating to their current exhibition. Booking advised. http://theitalici-readinggroup.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

The Italic I is supported through funding by the Arts Council of England - Grants for the Arts.

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Ben Judd’s work examines his relationship to specific individuals and groups; recently the choreographic and the rhythmic has been used as a method of constructing temporary communities. The work explores how the ritualistic activities of marginalised groups and individuals can be extended into an action realised by actors (one that itself hovers on the border between immersion and a more self-conscious, knowing state), and how, in turn, this action can be interpreted in a moving image work. Positioning himself and the audience as both participant and observer, he engages the grey area between ritual and performance, searching for an unreachable and idealised state of community.

 

www.benjudd.com

 

 

 

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Ben Judd will present A Deep and Tenebrous Unity at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, on 6 February at 7pm.

This Bloc Assembly creates a short-term, experimental platform to support the work of two artists at different points in their careers, whose practices incorporate performance and live elements in different ways.

Ben Judd and Faye Green will use the space to test or develop work in progress with an audience, and a dinner and round-table discussion will draw their work in relation to wider questions surrounding process in live art and performance and their distinction/intersection with other fields.

More details:  www.blocprojects.co.uk

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Making a Rock

Caroline Locke and Debra Swann

Collective National,
Nationalestraat 160,
B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium.

Opening 17 march — 7 p.m.
From 19 march till 9 april

Making a rock’ has been realised through the documentation of an ongoing performance by Debra Swann. 

Caroline Locke has composed sounds taken from recordings of Debra Swann ‘Making a Rock’. ‘Rock Music’ is presented in the gallery as part of the exhibition.

This is the first iteration of a collaboration by Locke and Swann.

‘Making a Rock’ explores the artist’s process. The unwieldy rock occupies the space. The object has become unmanageable, its presence in the gallery reflects on the pursuit of the maker. In a Sisyphean sense it is a futile act, commenting on relentless labour associated with everyday tasks.  

Here, it is juxtaposed with an overwhelming desire to make. You are witness to the process of the maker and the evolution of the object. A desire for form and sculptural language through the process of making are explored.

Rock Music explores sound in relation to domestic and labour intensive activity – the same vinyl record is played over and over. The sound of the activity becomes abstract and otherworldly when amplified. Mundane working involves repetition – a strange rhythm develops – a kind of chant, which, in turn becomes meaningful, even spiritual through the rituals of the everyday workload.

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A solo exhibition by Ben Judd - The Part Versus the Whole is taking place at:
Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool.

Including a new film, performance and installation made in response to the museum's collection.

Curated by Rose Lejeune, as part of her Collecting the Ephemeral series.

9th June - 19th August 2018

 

More details at:  http://vgm.liverpool.ac.uk/exhibitions-and-events/special/ben-judd

 

 

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Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton

The Italic I is a practice-based collaboration between writer-artist Emma Cocker and interdisciplinary artist Clare Thornton that explores the different states of potential made possible through purposefully surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. Central to this performative-poetic enquiry has been the production of an artists’ publication, comprising photographic performance-documentspresented alongside a textual lexicon generated in the ‘free-fall’ of conversational exchange. Less a step-by-step manual for instructing another on how to fall, we propose the publication The Italic I as a spur or prompt for cultivating a willfully non-corrective tendency in thought, speech and action, for operating against expectation. The acts of doing, thinking and speaking are conceived as inseparable, interrelated components within The Italic I. Image and text operate in non-hierarchical relation, distinct yet inextricably interdependent. Echoing the convention of other performance training manuals, The Italic I consists of both words and photographic stills. However, rather than view these technologies as somehow deficient or delimiting — as incapable of capturing and reflecting the experiential nature of the live event and the moving body in space — we approach lens and language as a form of provocation. The productive friction even collaboration between image and word is apprehended as an exercise in itself; each is considered in receptive relation to the other, where aspiring to articulate becomes part of the impetus for our work.

The process of generating the vocabulary for The Italic I publication has involved thousands of transcribed words from hours of recorded conversation gradually distilled towards a lexicon and emergent poetics for articulating the various phases of the fall. Our lexicon comprises sixteen overlapping categories: Testing (the) groundsetting up the conditions; Opening attemptwarming and flexing; Entering the arctrust, twist, torque; A commitment madeworking against impulse; Voluntary vertigoilinx, inclination; Becoming diagonalthe italic I; Touching limitstilt towards (the other); Embodiment/disembodimentmind body partition; Formlesshorizontality; Letting goa liquid state; Ecstatic impotencythe jouissance of impuissance; Folding of attentiona heightened subjectivity; Gravity/levitystriking the right balances; Breathless ventilating the idea; Voluptuous recoveryreturn, yet charged; Recalibrate … loopdesire to repeat.

Image: Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, The Italic I, artists’ publication, 2014. The publication is a limited edition artists’ bookwork. The central section is a concertina comprising photographic documents of a repeated fall in non-consecutive order on one side, and a 16 stage poetic lexicon on the other.

 

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Performance Who Shall Separate Us Now?
Part of Radar / Loughborough University's Weekend of Weird
Saturday 26th November 2016,  1pm.

More details at: www.arts.lboro.ac.uk

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The Italic I is a collaborative interdisciplinary project by Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, comprising sculptural, time-based and textual works for exhibition, animated by a series of live events. Within The Italic I, Cocker and Thornton approach the gallery as gymnasium, a training space for exploring the different states of potential made possible through voluntarily surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. The Italic I involves an attempt to slow and extend the duration of falling in order to suspend and elaborate upon its discrete phases or scenes, which in turn sheds light on the process of artistic collaboration itself and the making of meaning within creative labour.

The Italic I, Emma Cocker and Emma Cocker

Within The Italic I, Cocker and Thornton seek new vocabularies for reflecting on the labour within artistic practice, addressing states of ‘not knowing’ within the creative process, focusing on the act of collaboration itself as a site of desirable negotiation. The intent is to find the means for speaking about the experience of practice, wrestling with the idea of what it is to collaborate. The motif of the fall becomes the foil through which to reflect on the undisclosed, unnamed, or even invisible episodes within artistic endeavour, the various tipping points between thinking and action. Falling. Artistic Labour. Over and over, beginning again and again, repeating gestures, not for the perfection of a given move but rather moves towards deeper understanding.

The Italic I, Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton

 

Cocker and Thornton are currently developing a series of exhibitions and performances of The Italic I to be presented 2014 – 2016 at: Project Space Plus, Lincoln (November 2014), Tertulia, Bristol (2015) and Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2016)

 

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Ben Judd is participating in Bloc Assembly with Compass Live Art at Bloc Projects Sheffield. He will be working with with Faye Green, a 2013 graduate from Fine Art at Newcastle University. Bloc Assembly creates a short-term, experimental platform to support the work of two artists at different points in their careers, whose practices incorporate performance and live elements in different ways. Judd and Green will be using the space to test or develop work in progress with an audience, and a dinner and round-table discussion will draw their work in relation to wider questions surrounding process in live art and performance and their distinction/intersection with other fields. 

The event is produced in collaboration with Compass Live Art. Fri 07 November 18:00 – 21:00 Places are limited and booking is essential: book online here.

 

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