Why are artists drawn to using blood? Can artists explore blood in a way that scientists cannot?
I was invited to respond to these questions for the catalogue of BLOOD: Attract and Repel
See my full responses here
Delighted by the invitation to be a Curatorial Advisor for BLOOD at Science Gallery. Artists making challenging and hard to handle work with blood, please consider applying to this international touring programme.
Deadline: 8 January 2017
BLOOD is the first cross-network season for Science Gallery. Blood is essential for life, both medically and metaphorically. From ritual to research, artistic medium to biological fluid, the 2017 BLOOD season will evoke ideas that provoke and challenge, engage and entice. Crossing continents and connecting London and Melbourne through a public programme of events, activities, installations workshops and performances, the BLOOD season will feature a range of work from the original exhibition in Science Gallery Dublin, as well as exciting new provocative works and experiences that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of blood.
For our open call we’re interested in proposals addressing or exploring some of the following themes and topics:
A Food for Thought event by the Art, Social and Spatial Practice Research Cluster curated by Toby Juliff (VCA Art) and Robert Walton (VCA Theatre)
The subject of haunting – and that of its bedfellows ‘spectres’ ‘ghosts’ and the Gothic imaginary – continues to fascinate us. But we’re now more accustomed to talking about ‘haunting’ as a way of thinking about and practicing the past, present and future. Moving beyond the white bed sheet and the g-g-g-ghosts of Scooby Do this research performance vocalises, enacts, re-enacts, offers critique, conjures and exorcises the haunting of contemporary theatre, fine art and cultural performance. We welcome your participation.
Participants, respondents, discussants and exorcists for the evening include: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (experimental vocal artist), Robert Walton (VCA Theatre), Nigel Brown (sound artist), Toby Juliff (VCA Fine Art), Jason Maling (artist), Edward Colless (VCA Fine Art, Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies), Sophie Knezic (VCA Fine Art and CATS).
When: Tuesday 16 June 2015. 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Art Auditorium, Dodds Street, Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank
Come along to five events I am hosting at Arts House during their brilliant 2014 second season.
The first of Art House’s new concept evening including food, drink, provocation and discussion with Emily Sexton, Julian Meyrick and myself
Tue 5 August, 7pm – 10pm Live Performance: Hopelessly Outdated or the Perfect Antidote to Digital Slacktivism? More info and booking >>
I will be hosting discussions with the following outstanding contemporary performance makers.
Thu 21 August, 8.45pm Chunky Move – Keep Everything, choreographed by Antony Hamilton. Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall More info and booking >>
Sat 11 October, 8.40pm Dewey Dell – Marzo Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall More info and booking >>
Tue 28 October, 7.30pm one step at a time like this – Since I Suppose Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall More info and booking >>
Thu 13 November, 9.10pm Ridiculusmus – The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland Arts House, Meat Market More info and booking >>
Three great previews in the Scottish press.
The Scotsman carried an interview preview with Lucy Guerin and I.
Mary Brennan gives a great insight in the significance of the season to Tramway in The Herald.
Kelly Apter interviews me in The List.
It was a great privilege to represent Theatre and Performance on the Next Wave Curatorial Advisory Committee for Kickstart 2013. We read 150 applications, spent two days in discussions and agreed on one final list, which you can see here:
Looking forward to watching the work develop over the coming year.