Claire Potter | Writing Acts
Tuesday 15 January, 11am – 4pm | The Bluecoat, Liverpool
Writing Acts is a research event conceived of by artist-writer Claire Potter. It brings together the artists, writers, and researchers, Karen Di Franco, Rose-Anne Gush, Bridget Penney, and Nathan Walker to share their research and works-in-progress that pertain to forms and modes of ‘performance writing’. The event is a closed working-session toward the development of future works and is supported by Bluecoat in collaboration with the Micro Social Cultures programme organised by Jamie Sutcliffe for Bosse & Baum, London.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX
Other events in the programme have been conceived of by Anna Zet and Hardeep Pandhal
DIANN BAUER & AST | AMANDA BEECH | MELANIE JACKSON
PIL & GALIA KOLLECTIV | CLAIRE POTTER | TAI SHANI
LINDA STUPART | LYNTON TALBOT | AYESHA TAN JONES
CURATED BY KIRSTEN COOKE
11 JANUARY – 10 MARCH 2019
New works commissioned:
Rich Curtains Pending Performance, 2018, ink on paper, dimension variable.
Rich Curtains: Performance of Stile, 2019, performance, 30min approx.
Poetry Emergency is a two-day festival exploring emergency and liveness in radical poetic art, taking place in Salford and Manchester on 23rd and 24th November 2018. Bringing together some of the most challenging and surprising poets and performers of the moment, we ask how poetic art can intervene against passivity and fear in order to agitate and inspire. In the emergency-prone moment of anxiety and disaster-creation, how can the mini-revolutions of language art snowball into communities of support and resistance? Crossing between poetry readings and performance, and integrating workshops and discussions into the programme, Poetry Emergency will be a rare and exciting creative and learning event for the North West.
In collaboration with Salford University and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, Manchester Metropolitan University are pleased to announce Poetry Emergency: A Northwest Radical Poetry Festival.
The launch of The Bodies that Remain at the Horse Hospital, London
Edited by Emmy Beber and published by Punctum Books
The launch night will be a chance to celebrate the three years that have gone into the book's conception featuring readings from Sharon Kivland, Jeremy Millar and recorded reading from Mairead Case. Then, reading from their new project, Claire Potter. Alongside this, installation from cover artist Alex Simpson, sound installation from Diana Policarpo and video installation from artist Alice Theobald and contributor/writer Phoebe Blatton.
Edited by Emmy Beber and published by Punctum Books, The Bodies that Remain is a collection of texts and images on the bodies of artists and writers who battled with the frustration of their own physicality and whose work reckoned with these limitations and continued beyond them.
Contributions include texts and images by: Lynne Tillman (on Jane Bowles), David Rule (on Michael Jackson), Mairead Case (on Judee Sill), Claire Potter (on the Lads of Aran), Jeremy Millar (on Emily Dickinson), Chloé Griffin (on Valeska Gert), Phoebe Blatton (on Brigid Brophy), Susanna Davies-Crook (on Sarah Kane), Travis Jeppensen (on Gary Sullivan), Karen Di Franco (on Mary Butts), Tai Shani (on Mnemesoid), Philip Hoare (on Denton Welch), Heather Phillipson (on a dead dog), Uma Breakdown (on Guage Fanfic), Linda Stuppart (on Kathy Acker), Sharon Kivland (on Jacques Lacan), Harman Bains (on Wilhelm Reich), Pil & Galia Kollectiv (JT Leroy), Kevin Breathnach (on Jules de Goncourt), and Emily LaBarge (on Sylvia Plath).
In conversation, Jenny Hval explores the world of her debut novel – a heady and hyper-sensual portrayal of sexual awakening and queer desire. She will be in coversation with Merseyside artist and writer Claire Potter, who works across performance, publication, installation and film to address modes of reading, speaking and writing.
Chocolate Monk will reissue my last audio release on cassette, Scally Nike Leather Glove Smoke, as a CD with bonus track, The Wastes Mate, in a full colour sleeve. It'll be called, Scally Nike Leather Glove Smoke +1.
chocolatemonk.co.uk for more details and other releases.
Performing at this Cafe OTO weekender celebrating 25 years of Chocolate Monk.
"Chocolate Monk celebrates its 25th year by asking you to come along and unravel the knot inside your head over two evenings of sound and chunder crunk."
New audio release, I am come from a place, by me and Bridget Hayden, coming soon on Fort Evil Fruit.
"The second release from this duo, following 2015's acclaimed Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child. This is a more closely collaborative work, with more considered sonics, and a broader emotional and thematic range. Both artists contribute text to Side A (see inlay for details), and these vocals are delivered against guitar and the murky Clef synth last heard on Hayden's Incantations from Yin Valley. New readings of Potter's previously published work are set to piano for Side B, which includes a track previously recorded as an online exclusive for The Wire.
Unsettling, funny and poignant by turns, and often startling in its veracity.
Short fiction commissioned by David Roberts Art Foundation for the exhibition catalogue for She Sees The Shadows, at Mostyn, Wales, opening July 16th.
Speaking about my practice and research at Sunderland and Northumbria AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training Student conference on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
"The day's conference will be centred on considering how practitioners from various Art and Design disciplines are engaged with the notion of Thinking in Practice, specifically through considering making/doing/practice/action in relation to contemporary critical theory, philosophy and modes of knowledge production. We will be inviting speakers from a range of disciplines and discourses including design, performance, philosophy, queer theory, writing, and contemporary art.
This is student led and organised between the two universities and is a conference for practice-based PhD research in Art and Design with the intent to provide a dynamic forum in which to explore the commonality and distinctiveness of art and design research."
11 May 2018
6.30pm to 8.30pm
This is a free event in the gallery of Chelsea Space and has limited capacity. Booking is essential, please complete the form below. If you can no longer make it, please cancel your booking or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Potter will present Playhouse (Creep), a restricted reading performance that activates the their sculptural text installation, Playhouse, as part of the exhibition ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE.
Potter’s text draws on the cumulative effects of monitoring and the hours spent with one’s senses keenly attuned to the lives of others. Bound up with the materials presented with the installation and performance are those affects, and the labour of intensive listening. The structural binding of bodies — in the most literal sense — of back-to-back housing, provides the framework for narrative fragments that centre on the daily activities of a group of individuals. Aspects of their lives and their material conditions are gradually exposed while the circumstances of the narrator’s position as the compiler of the text is circumscribed by a series of tasks, implemented by the reader themself.
These tasks by turn, impede or restrict Potter’s voicing of the narrative — the imposition implies a failure, not from want of trying, but that in circumstances of confusion or isolation, the body withholds or curtails speech. The material stoppages of the installation — opaque protective plastic dust-sheets, frosted plastic to adhere to glass — also combine to promote obscurity, provoking the question about interpretation, what has been said versus what is heard under the strained conditions of physical separation, and desire for connection.
This event and the exhibition at Chelsea Space is supported by Arts Council England, Chelsea College of Arts and Chelsea Arts Club Trust
Image: Claire Potter, documentation of the installation Playhouse (2018).
ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING
Beatrice Gibson, Alison Knowles, Ghislaine Leung, Annea Lockwood, Claire Potter, Charlotte Prodger, Carolee Schneemann, Tai Shani, Mieko Shiomi
25 April – 25 May 2018
ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE is a group exhibition looking at practices that emerge between text and performance, the page and the body, combining a display and events programme of historical and contemporary works. Newly commissioned and existing works will intersect with an array of archival material located in Carolee Schneemann's Parts of a Body House [1968-1972], from which the exhibition title derives, and Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood's score anthology Womens Work [1975-8]. ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE seeks an alternative framework to look at the influence of conceptual procedures as well as experimental writing within contemporary feminist performance practices across visual art, sound and text. The exhibition seeks to highlight these significant trans-historical sensibilities, whilst acknowledging their disjuncts. Each artist brings a particular method, procedure or interrogation to the act of writing or performing text, blurring descriptions such as text, score, work, performance, version and iteration.
ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE's exhibition display is accompanied by a day of live performance, a workshop, a publication and an affiliated symposium to take place in May 2018. Curated by Karen Di Franco and Irene Revell.
Artist talk along with poet Jacqueline Saphra as part of Writing Photographs, a series of research lectures programmed by Beverley Carruthers and Wiebke Leister for BA and MA Photography, London College of Communication.
More on Writing Photographs at: https://shutterhub.org.uk/blog/writing-photographs-lecture-series-at-london-college-of-communication
Reading performance of, Calico, at the opening of, In The Reading Room of Hell, A+A gallery, Venice, 24.2 — 13.5 18
Works by Eileen Agar | Jean-Marie Appriou | Ben Clement | Alastair Mackinven | Agnes Moraux | Julian Nguyen | Henrik Olesen | Claire Potter | Patrick Procktor | Luis Roque | Simon Thompson | Elaine Cameron | Weir amongst others.
NOVEL is an itinerant curatorial platform devised by Alun Rowlands and Matt Williams that draws together artists writing, texts and poetry that oscillate between modes of fiction and criticism. A cacophony of voices, that is the primary condition of writing, seek to break the habitual methods of representation and productions of subjectivity.
More at: http://aplusa.it/exhibitions/comming-soon/
Occasional Residents: Art Writing Workshop and Publication Launch
Corridor8 and Humber Street Gallery invite you to this discursive event, which will include presentations by artist-writer Claire Potter, art writer Jamie Sutcliffe and Humber Street Gallery’s writer-in-residence, Devon Forrester-Jones. These will be followed by questions and discussion around Corridor8’s most recent residency and ways that art writing can respond critically and creatively to city-wide events.
This will be followed by the launch of Occasional Residents, the third instalment of Corridor8’s main residency programme, commissioned in partnership with Humber Street Gallery as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Developed in response to Humber Street Gallery’s exhibitions and the wider City of Culture programme of events, this limited-edition publication includes contributions by Devon Forrester-Jones, Claire Potter, Rebecca Senior and Jamie Sutcliffe. Produced in collaboration with the multidisciplinary design collective, dust, each copy contains an artist insert by Lee Karen Stow.
Circles of Recognition, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
This afternoon event at the Henry Moore Institute is a collaborative investigation organised through Leeds Arts University, Leeds Beckett University and University of Leeds. Nearly one hundred years after Henry Moore studied in Leeds with the help of an ex-serviceman's grant, this event looks at what it means to pursue a creative practice today and what structures of support exist in Leeds for early and mid-career artists.
The afternoon will consist of discussions and performances delivered by artists, academics and curators selected by the three universities.
Alan Dunn (Leeds Beckett University), Alex Farrar (independent), Sheila Gaffney (Leeds Arts University), Marion Harrison (Leeds Beckett University), Jill McKnight (independent), Nocturne* (Leeds-based crit group), Harold Offeh (independent), Hardeep Pandhal (independent), Claire Potter (Liverpool John Moores University), David Steans (Leeds Arts University), Peter Suchin (independent), Paulette Terry Brien (The Grundy Art Gallery, The International 3), Nick Thurston (University of Leeds).
Artist talk at Norwich University of the Arts. This will be followed up by a one-day performance workshop at Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, for selected students from BA Fine Art.
One-hour interview with Sophie Cooper for TOR FM.
Talking about my work, performance, music, writing, and dementia. Two full-length readings from me, a track from my and Bridget Hayden's 2015 tape, an excerpt of Nathan Walker, and finish with Jon Collin.
Tickets £5 (adv) / £7 (door)
Adv tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/420332
Chameleon, Newcastle Chambers 17A Angel Row, City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 6HL
Performing fledgling work Calico in live collaboration with various musicians.
Going Along Without a Body: A Comment on the Sound Track Ritual
Sat 4 Nov 4.30-10.30PM | £10. Organised by Benjamin Owen
Day festival exploring sound and ritual w/ Anne Tallentire, Chris Fite Wassilak, Claire Potter, Residents of Mildmay, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, RATTLE, Mary Hurrell, Libita Clayton, Nicky Hatton, Claire Feeley, David Raymond Conroy, Tom Ward, Fame is the spur, Kit Poulson, Rachael Finney & Cath Roberts (LUME).
Taking B.S. Johnson’s story, House Mother Normal: A Geriatric Comedy (1971) as a framework, Going Along Without a Body brings together eight artists and eight musicians: a continuous soundtrack running throughout this daylong event, with musicians dropping in and out as a backdrop to a loose schedule of performances. The day is loosely organised around a set of open instructions: dining, singing, working, playing, travelling, competing, discussing and being entertained. Among rituals of sound tracking, repetition, influence and coercion, this event seeks to assemble a sonorous body with a dissonant communion of voices.
Two-track tape will be released on Brighton label, Chocolate Monk in 2017.
Featuring live recording of CHAVSCUMBOSS from Colour Out of Space festival 2016, and studio recording of Penmon Point, Penmon — text commissioned by CCA Derry-Londonderry and recorded at Wysing Arts Centre, 2017.
Cover art by Lisa Cradduck.
Reading across three publications, selecting writings that take up the figure of the mechanic.
Saturday 23rd September
An afternoon of alternative poetries
4.00 – 6.00, Deansgate Waterstones
Free entry, free wine
Sally Barrett, Cathy Butterworth, Calum Gardner, Judith Goldman, Claire Potter
SUPERNORMAL is an experimental festival of arts and music, expanding upon new paradigms of what a festival can be. Independent and uncompromising, it champions multi-faceted, exploratory art and music from the underground, margins and fringes to impart inspiring and engaging encounters beyond the everyday and the expected.
Supernormal 2017 will take place from 4-6 August at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. Weekend tickets are available here priced at £85, including camping (no extra booking fees to pay).
Bridget Hayden and Claire Potter were this month's special guests on Diana Poliparco's radio show HERETICS. They pieced together a two hour show that includes old and new material produced in collaboration, chatting about writing and a great selection of tracks.
Featuring Bridget Hayden & Claire Potter, Sylvia Plath, Robert Ashley, Throbbing Gristle, Ignatz and more.
A selection of exceptional musicians, writers and artists working in a mix of media, playfully challenge the boundaries of word and sound.
Phonica: Six features performances from a host of trailblazing and award-winning Irish and international writers, musicians and artists working in the realms of new and electro-acoustic music, contemporary poetry, installation and audio-visual composition, improvisational writing, telecommunications research and ethno-jazz.
This groundbreaking initiative offers a unique opportunity to experience performances from across Europe and beyond rooted in multiplicity, collaboration and innovation.
Phonica is a primarily poetry and music series with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, programmed and hosted since early 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.
Curated and hosted by Christodoulos Makris & Olesya Zdorovetska
Artists: Lina Andonovska, Jessica Foley, IRIDE PROJECT, Claire Potter, Billy Ramsell, Nazgul Shukaeva.
Coupler, closing event
Sunday July 2nd, 14:00, Xero, Kline & Coma.
Catenary, is a reading performance by Claire Potter with artist Frank Wasser that activates Potter's sculptural text installation, Coupler.
Constructed over two floors and incorporating the connecting staircase, Coupler's provisional scaffold structure aligns two stretcher-like platforms on the first and lower floors of the gallery. Face-down on scaffolding mesh stretched across the platforms, are installed site writings made in Barcelona's gothic quarter, and at Gaudi's famously incomplete La Sagrada Familia Basilica. In adopted stress positions, Potter and Wasser will perform the task of reading these texts, comporting around descriptions of architectural form and the aftermath of a violent encounter.
Doors will be open from 14:00 and Catenary will begin at 14:15.