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At Practise

JESSA MOCKRIDGE, NAT RAHA & REBECCA LENNON
Saturday 19 June
7 – 9pm outside in David Dale Gallery’s courtyard

At Practise is a three-part performance and publication project conceived and led by Associate Programmer and artist Jude Browning. Developed from Pre-ramble (2019-2020), the series continues to explore rehearsal as a creative method and form. In June, August and October nine UK based artists, working across visual art, writing, and performance, will be invited to use the gallery as a rehearsal space and to share new work in development in front of a live audience. The artists’ work engages with writing and live modes of delivery, with a generative use of queer and feminist tactics to challenge how power and notions of embodiment can be understood and enacted.

Alongside the live event programme a three-part publication series will be produced with the support of David Dale Gallery and in dialogue with Yellow Back Books, a project platforming artist books in Cardiff. In addition, Yellow Back Books will co-host a publication launch event in Cardiff, and have commissioned Jessa Mockridge to lead an online artist workshop on the 29 May & 2 June 2021. 

The first live At Practise event is scheduled to take place on the 19th of June, 7-9pm in David Dale Gallery’s courtyard space. Jessa Mockridge, Nat Raha & Rebecca Lennon will be generously sharing experimental performances of work currently in development.

The event also marks the launch of At Practise: issue 1 which brings together printed contributions by the nine artists who performed at Pre-ramble in 2020. Designed with Maeve Redmond and printed by Sunday’s Print Service, the booklet will be available to purchase at David Dale Gallery, Yellow Back Books and Good Press.

Event details and booking information soon to be released.

Artist Bios

Jessa Mockridge: I’m an artist and writer (Cape Town) living in London. I work with print, performance, sound and moving image. I’m interested in the power dynamics of media in relation to the body and a politics of listening; a feminist ear that can also be an eye, skin or fist. I am co-editor of PaperWork, an art writing print publication and event series.

Nat Raha is a poet and queer / trans activist-scholar, based in Edinburgh. Her third collection of poetry is of sirens, body & faultlines (Boiler House Press, 2018). Nat is a Research Fellow on the ‘Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism’ project, University of St Andrews, which will host an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library in August. She co-edits Radical Transfeminism Zine.

Rebecca Lennnon is an artist working with video, performance, writing, sound and music. Rebecca Lennon graduated from the Slade School of Art, London MA 2010, and is a lecturer at Arts University Bournemouth and Royal College of Art.  Upcoming/recent exhibitions include: Galeria Duarte Sequiera, Braga, Portugal, 2021, Kaunas Film Festival, Lithuania, 2020 and Whitstable Biennial, 2018 with solo shows at Southwark Park Galleries, London 2021, Primary, Nottingham, 2020,  Almanac, Turin, Italy, 2019 and Matts Gallery, London, 2018. Rebecca recently featured in ‘On Care, an anthology of artists writing’, published by MA Bibliotheque, 2020 and on BBC Late Junction 2019/2020.

sucking~sensing~feeling~phantasying : Sonic Gut Meditations for Conference Call

In this workshop written by artist Jessa Mockridge participants will try out eight group listening exercises that are loosely based on Pauline Oliveros’s ‘Sonic Meditations’, 1974 and adapted for video call at a time when it’s not safe to meet together in the same space.

“The exercises attempt to expand what is allowed to be heard on a group call and proposes the idea of listening with the whole body, especially with the gut as a psychic organ. A politics of listening with the gut bloats what is hearable within the sonic architectures of: headphones, throats, conference calls, bedrooms, rectums, YouTube, fantasies and the hiss of recordings.”

The title comes from Elizabeth A. Wilson’s, Gut Feminism, 2015, a book that introduced Jessa to the idea of the biological unconscious; the gut as a brooding and sometimes hostile feeling-organ.

Info

The exercises will be followed by participants through a text-based, printed score which we’ll send you. The movements will be non-verbal with breaks for check-ins. It’ll be a small group (up to 10 people) and you’ll be asked to have your video and sound on where possible. The workshop is free and everyone is welcome.

How to Book

This workshop will be hosted by Jude Browning, online, on Wednesday 2 June, 6pm-7:30pm. Places are free but limited. To book please email jude@daviddalegallery.co.uk by Monday 17th of May, noting your postal address so we can post you a printed ‘score’ ahead of the workshop.

Jude will run the the workshop as an experiment to see if the format can be used as a toolkit: an invitation for groups to potentially use the material to self-organise future listening events.

Note: Large-print versions of the score are also available; let us know on booking if you’d prefer this version.

The workshop was originally designed for a remote residency centering on the gut with artists: Rebecca Jagoe, Anna Zett, Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Maija Timonen at Wysing Arts Centre in August 2020. 

Jessa Mockridge: I’m an artist and writer (Cape Town) living in London. I work with print, performance, sound and moving image. I’m interested in the power dynamics of media in relation to the body and a politics of listening; a feminist ear that can also be an eye, skin or fist. I am co-editor of PaperWork, an art writing print publication and event series.