She Works - She Writes (performance) and Research and Collaboration (artists talk)

Bartram, Angela and O'Neill, Mary (2013) She Works - She Writes (performance) and Research and Collaboration (artists talk). [Event, Show or Exhibition]

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Item Status:Live Archive


‘She Works - She Writes’ is a work that simultaneously incorporates the narrative documentation of a live action as an integral element of its performance. It analyses the processes and methods of the body as archival record and interpretative account and explores the dialogue between the body politic, as the objectifiable property of performance, and its socialisation as documentary artifact. Effectively, it examines the ways in which the live can be denied being made static through documentation. In expanding and exploring the role of the documenter and their methods of communication in this way, a sense of narrative, of interpretation, is engaged.

The document tells a story - it describes an actuality. Yet is it possible to take the document as a true account of the event being transcribed? This dilemma is explored in this work as the documenter will act as the communicator of a ‘hidden’ performance, a performance that only they can see. Beyond hearing the sounds of the ‘hidden’ performer, the audiences understanding of the work will be wholly reliant on the process of textual documentation. The documenter is effectively the sole observer of the methods and processes informing their narration, and they are relied upon to communicate the truth. Like looking through a lens that has been set up for someone else and responds to their viewpoint only, they are positioned to respond to the process of documentation and to analyse their relationship to it. The performer’s body will be denied politicization here, as its objectification will be denied. Instead the documenter, the usually veiled interpreter of the live experience, will trade places with the performer. In this way they will become the body of objectification by communicating the archival legacy of the live event.

‘She Works - She Writes’ is a development from ‘Live / Archive’ which was made and performed as part of a residency in Spring 2012 at Grace Exhibition Space, New York. The performance and accompanying talk titled 'Research and Collaboration', which discusses and details the varying approaches in our work, were scheduled by invitation from Miami International Festival.

Keywords:live art, performance, Miami International Festival, Bartram O'Neill, Angela Bartram, Mary O'Neill, documentation
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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ID Code:9729
Deposited On:07 Jun 2013 12:01

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