Friday, 27 March 2015

Reflections on Spill 2014: Adorning the Body

This week I flew to Helsinki, Finland to deliver my first ever conference presentation. I spoke about 3 artists work that I had witnessed at Spill National Performance Platform in Ipswitch, November 2014. 

I put forward the term 'adornment' as a way of articulating a specific type of costuming found in non-representational and non-character based performance practices (such as live art). I suggested that adornment draws attention to the aesthetic properties of what artists might wear or use, and can blur concepts of traditional costume and/or prop. 

I analysed each work in terms of the material, symbolic and metaphoric instances of expression. I spoke about the embodiment of socio-fashioned female roles, and how multiple instances of adornment can transcend distinct categorisation.

I spoke about some of the active processes in performance, both as an artist and an audience member. I spoke about the interpretations of poetic artworks which offered multiple meanings, and how the materiality of costume can change in the course of durational work. 

I spoke about the slippages between revelation and concealment, and how adornment can draw attention to the materiality of the body by restricting and suffocating. 

I concluded by suggesting that adornment enhances and heightens our awareness of the body in performance, and that it allows us to reflect on how the lived body operates and is manifest symbolically and metaphorically. 

Natalie x

Monday, 9 March 2015

What the hell are Britain's Universities for?

Today I read a great article. 

It was entitled: What the hell are Britains Universities for?

Link here: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/universities-pissed-off-academia-business-corporate-oscar-rickett-438

The best thing I ever did was go to university. 

It made me think. 

It made me ask questions of myself and of things in life I'd never have even thought needed questioning. 

Things become so imbedded and 'normalised' in our society, that we can't take a step outside of it (cause were right in it), in order to see what's actually going on with some perspective. I certainly couldn't see any problems from my fairly narrow perspective, living my own little life in my own little world in Leicester, UK. 

Education changed that. 

University taught me to question what I read. It asked me to consider what agendas lay behind the stories or narratives of the sensationalist front page headlines. 

What the hell are Britain's Universities for? 

To open our eyes.   

Natalie.