Oral / response

O'Neill, Mary and Bartram, Angela (2012) Oral / response. [Artefact]


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Item Status:Live Archive


Summary of twenty minute performance: ‘Oral / Response’
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 facing the other and writes on the floor in matching tones a record of that taking
place before her. 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 stands up and walks away. Her documenter follows.
The documentation of ‘Oral / Response’ 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.

Keywords:performance, bartramoneill, Mary O'Neill, Angela Bartram, documentation, performance trace, action drawing
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
ID Code:6093
Deposited On:31 Aug 2012 09:41

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