ongoing collaboration with Lauren Brown (UK)
“My silence has not protected me. Your silence will not protect you” - Audre Lorde
Relay is the title for an ever evolving cluster of durational actions that interrogate the social and political nuances embodied in the acts of hearing, listening, speaking and keeping silent.
The project emerged in mid 2012 from a series of conversations between myself, Lauren Brown and Laura Hindmarsh. These circulated around considerations of the relationship between liveness and mediation, the shifts occurring in the way we experience due to the proliferation of a networked society, and the nature of our participation within this society. Central to this project is an investigation into the shifts across the last century in the performance of political speech, its intersection with the network and the impact on our participation in the realm of politics. It asks how the network navigates our proximity to political debates and others, how it mimics and alters our participation.
Relay draws on a range of textual material spanning durational political addresses to a live audience (Fidel Castro), to political speeches broadcast across the airwaves (Winston Churchill), to responsive protest songs (Billie Holliday), to televised political attacks that gained momentum on social media sites (Julia Gillard). Performing othersʼ words we work through iterations and cycles to explore what it means to speak for oneself and on behalf of others, what it means to listen, what it means to hear and what it means to keep silent.
Relay (iteration 1)
Alaska Projects Level 2, Sydney AU and ]Performance Space[, London UK / 12.08.12 / 5 hours
Relay (iteration 2)
cycle 1: Alaska Projects Level 2, Sydney AU / 12.06.13 / 2 hours
cycle 2: Alaska Projects Level 2 and Level 1, Sydney AU / 12.06.13 / 2 hours
cycle 3: William Street, north side and south side, Sydney AU / 12.06.13 / 2 hours
cycle 4: IO Myers Studio UNSW, Sydney AU and CIA Studios, Perth AU / 24.06.13 / 2 hours
cycle 5: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Sydney AU and ]Performance Space[, London UK / 20.07.13 / 2 hours