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Creative Critical Writing Lecture followed by a book launch for Poetics & Place

Posted on 17/02/2014

Wednesday, 19th February, 6.00-8.30pm

The Centre for Creative Collaboration

16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG

RSVP to Jane Gawthrope (jane.gawthroperhul.ac.uk)


This lecture is the second in a series entitled ‘Cutting an Object into Slices: A Series of Lectures on Creative Critical Writing’, running as part of the Practice-based PhD Programme at Royal Holloway, University of London. The next lecture in the series will be on 4th June with Lisa Robertson.



On the Page

Modalities of Writing as Practice-based Performance Research

by Professor Ric Allsopp


'On the Page' will focus on how the material page has been used as a site, not only for forms of performance but for the 'materialisation of thought' in relation to the practices of performance. Drawing on examples from recent (and not so recent) issues of the journal Performance Research, the talk will explore relationships between modes of writing (critical, reflexive, poetic, descriptive and documentational) and forms of performance, and that can link both page-based and screen-screen modalites of practice-based performance research.

Ric Allsopp is Head of Dance & Choreography and interim Head of Theatre at Falmouth University. He was a Guest Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT), University of the Arts, Berlin from 2006-2011. He is the co-founder and joint editor of Performance Research, a bi-monthly international journal of contemporary performance (London & New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis). His research interests include poetics and histories of ‘open work’, the choreographic image, and spaces of appearance. His work has been published in a variety of books and journals including Frakcija, PAJ, Tanz-Journal, and Theater der Zeit.


Alongside the Lecture and Book Launch there will be a related Exhibition of page-based works including previous issues of the journal Performance Research.




Poetics & Place

The Architecture of Sign, Subjects & Site

by Dr. Kristen Kreider

& introduced by Brigid Mc Leer


How do artworks 'speak', and how do we 'listen' and respond? These questions underlie the investigation here of Roni Horn's Pair Object III: For Two Rooms, Emily Dickinson's later manuscripts, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Passages Paysages, Fiona Templeton's Cells of Release and Jenny Holzer's Lustmord. The tenets of critical performance, art-writing and site-writing inform the critical method used in Poetics and Place. Each chapter is dedicated to one of these five artworks, and is arranged in order to fulfill three main objectives: to understand how the artworks generate meaning through a material poetics in relation to place; to develop a critical methodology for engaging with them; and to investigate their ethical potential and political imperative. All of this, ultimately, facilitates the development of a triadic relation between theoretical concepts of sign, subjects and site at the crossover between poetry, art and spatial practices. This extends each artwork beyond the dyad of a critical encounter in order to offer - and allow others to grasp - an appreciation of how the artwork figures meaningfully, as well as configures meaning, in the wider world of objects and things. The book concludes with a discussion of the ethics of reading from the second person, opening up a debate concerning the role of empathy within contemporary, politically-engaged practices in art and poetry.

Kristen Kreider is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Practice-based PhD Programme across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London. Situating her research in the expanded field of contemporary poetry and text-based art, she writes theoretical and critical texts and produces practice-based outputs as one half of the collaborative pair Kreider + O'Leary. See http://www.kreider-oleary.net

Brigid Mc Leer is an Irish artist based in London. She trained in Fine Art at NCAD, Dublin, University of Ulster, Belfast and Slade School of Art, London. She is interested in ideas around contingent subjectivity and works in various media/modes including video, durational performance, photography, and drawing/writing. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘One + One’, at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland, ‘Horizontal Ontologies’ Art Currents Institute, New York,  Isoli [cont.], Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, and ‘Vexations’, Site Gallery Sheffield, UK. Mc Leer is currently studying for a PhD by project in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London. More details of her work can be found at http://www.brigidmcleer.com/



Following the book launch at 8.30pm there will be a further related event entitled ‘Writing Trees’. Linking sound, poetry and place, the event is hosted by Dr. Will Montgomery of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway. See here for details.




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