Writing & Performance In this work, performance & writing is a form of re-inscription; a practice of inhabiting a space that challenges or breaks with the apparent coherence of the way we are inscribed with the exigencies of contemporary society. It is a writing over, or a re-writing. I’m interested in reconnecting poetry to the body, as Hakim Bey has urged (“the post-post-structuralist question has become how to get back to the body, to materials that matter, to frank corporeality” Judith Butler Bodies that Matter), and in doing this through live art. To do this, the word has to be material, part of a heightened awareness of body; a potent event in itself, not an after-the-event representation. I’m also interested in the silence around utterance, the presence of bodies and the communicative value of this. We perform and inscribe words and texts in the urban environment (on the street, on public transport, in shopping malls, in protest situations) and where the performance enacts an exchange with the situation, and a trigger to action. We write and perform pieces that insist upon multiple subject positionsin order to present a self that is unnameable, uncontainable and which tries not to be absorbed into the dominant discourse of competition and the short-sighted goals of consumer culture. We want to develop performances that inspire a physiological response in all participants and force lapses in the way society ‘summons’ and controls individuals. Our fusion of writing and live art is an experiment into what happens when I inject writing with live art’s concern for liveness, for an embodied event. We research the possibilities of non-hierarchical ways of working with text, (and why this might be necessary) and which get beyond a treatment of identity as straitjacket, into identity as multiple, contradictory and in flux.. We work through long-range projects that materialise and make visible human interactions in the collaborative process of making meaning. We are interested in performance rituals that empower & enable, not alienate or turn off. Open bracket asks what kind of skills are we using in the process of text making and text receiving?
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