BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape: Politics of Memory and Theatre of the Real: Discussion

Publication Date 06 Jun 2014

BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape: Responding to the theme of memory in the work of Lorna Simpson
Friday 6 June 2014. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

DISCUSSION: Following Jane Arnfield's performance of the Tin Ring and Richard Kötter's presentation, 'How Should I Know Who I am, If I can’t be with a Past that is only of Myself, and a Future Just for Me?' they will be joined in discussion by Rupert Thomson and Anu Selva-Thomson, of Summerhall.

In a body of work spanning three decades, Lorna Simpson evokes memory in the relationship of text to image, in the repeated performative gestures and re-enactments of her large-scale video works and in her use of thrift shop props and costumes. Simpson’s is not a collective but a collected memory, not autobiographical but anonymous. Conversations reverberate back and forth in time, creating a space for reflection and transformation in the critical gap between an original event and its simulation.

In response to Simpson’s relationship with memory, trauma and the body, this symposium will bring together eminent practitioners, artists and theoreticians in this field. Emerging from the research, practice and interests of three artists based at Northumbria University: Jane Arnfield, Christine Borland, and Sandra Johnston, and working with GemArts, a leading diversity arts organisation based in the North East, the symposium connects disciplines of visual, live and performing arts. This dynamic event will foreground new and critically acclaimed performances alongside presentations and panel discussion, interfusing live experience with critical dialogue, to consider ethical questions of representation and responsibility in histories re-told.

Speakers Jane Arnfield, Rupert Thompson, Richard Kötter, Anu Selva Thompson
Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Lorna Simpson
Category Live Art/Performance
Related Event BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Language English

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