BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape: Tracey Warr

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.

KEY NOTE PRESENTATION: Dr. Tracey Warr - Lorna Simpson's Conundrums.
Warr will focus on Lorna Simpson's engagement with the history of African-American women in her work, examining her use of reenactment and repetition. She will discuss Simpson’s use of language, gesture and movement, and consider her enigmatic, pared down approach in works exploring identity, memory and desire.

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.

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Speaker Tracey Warr
Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Lorna Simpson
Month June 2014
Category Theory
Related Event BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Language English

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