Bartram, Angela and O'Neill, Mary (2012) O/R. [Event, Show or Exhibition]

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Item Type:Event, Show or Exhibition
Item Status:Live Archive


A woman crushes a stick of black chalk with a pestle and mortar, pinches the ground dust into a pile on the floor, leans down, inhales, exhales and blows the dust across the floor. The process is repeated through a grading spectrum of black to white. A second woman kneels beside her and writes on the floor in matching tones a record of the action taking place. They work in synch and in rhythm: one creates a physical action that the other interprets in words. Once the charcoal set is crushed to exhaustion the woman with the now blackened face sits up. Her documenter follows.
The documentation of ‘O / R’ is as live as the performance itself. Each mode informs the other and benefits from the particular requirement imposed by a ‘site’. The site here is not just the physical location, but includes the artist's body, the anticipated audience, the environment, and the atmosphere. Rather than prioritising one form over another, each manifestation is seen as having generative potential for further creative responses. This reflexivity relies on the observation of each other’s movements and decisions throughout, and it is this construct that allows the problem of documentation to be analyzed. With no time to reflect, to square up a shot or rephrase a sentence after the event, the integral nature of the work’s document is exposed to complication and chance; it becomes as influential as the action it is intended to record. The ‘live’ context the work represents becomes threefold when exhibited by networked stream: through action, observation and record, and the mediation of these acts across digital terrain.
'O / R' is a five-minute adaption of 'Oral / Response’ produced as a new work exclusively for Low Lives 4 and performed and streamed 27th April 2012.

Keywords:bartram, o'neill, bartramoneill, low lives, live art, oral/ response, arnolfini, new york, drawing, live stream, USA, Japan, Aruba, Columbia, Australia, France, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, Jorge Rojas, Grace Exhibition Space, Antenna, Networked art festival, Live streamed art event, Performance art, Low lives 4
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W610 Moving Image Techniques
W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
W Creative Arts and Design > W110 Drawing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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ID Code:5663
Deposited On:25 May 2012 10:58

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