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Pre-ramble iii

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Pre-ramble iii

Carl Gent, Nicola Singh, Ashanti Harris

Friday 13th March
7 – 9pm

Carl Gent
Nicola Singh
Ashanti Harris

Pre-ramble iii is the third in a series of three events programmed by Jude Browning and David Dale Gallery which will take place between January-March 2020. *

The event explores “the rehearsal as form” to support artists whose practice engages with writing, performance and modes of live delivery.

Free and unticketed.

Poster by Marta Perovic.

Pre-ramble is supported by Creative Scotland.

* A preliminary Pre-ramble event took place at David Dale Gallery in January 2019 with performances by Jessica Higgins, Lucy Duncombe and Jude Browning.

Carl Gent is an artist from Bexhill-on-sea, UK. Recent work has sought to rehistoricise the life of Cynethryth, eighth-century Queen of the Mercians. This has involved live publishing, intervention into local museum collections, the building (and subsequent re-enaction) of floats to participate in community carnivals, forced-feeding with pigeon-shaped cakes and the construction of wishing-well cesspits. They have also collaborated with artist Linda Stupart in producing All Us Girls Have Been Dead for So Long, a feature-length musical that populated the narrative structure of the 1990s video game Ecco the Dolphin with a host of other protagonists including Kathy Acker, Naomi Klein’s reportage of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Margaret Cavendish’s 1666 proto-sci-fi novel The Blazing World, and Westlife’s cover of Seasons in the Sun. They are currently working on a published iteration of their 2017 exhibition Multiplex which turned the basement of KELDER space into an absinthe factory.

They have recently exhibited and performed at the ICA, London; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Seager Gallery, London; AM Studios, London; The Newbridge Project, Gateshead; Serf, Leeds; in Young London 2018; at No Matter, Manchester; Res., London; as a part of hmn14; KELDER, London; The Showroom, London; PEER, London and as a part of the IV Moscow Biennale for Young Art.

Nicola Singh is an artist and researcher whose practice is rooted in performance. She extends ideas of performance to her practice, alongside a critical engagement with contemporary art’s relationship to race and feminism. Selected previous projects include selection for Jerwood Visual Arts’ 3-Phase Award (2016–18), Eastside Projects and Workplace Gallery; and the UK/KOREA Artist Exchange Residency (2018) with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The British Council; (2017). Singh is Teaching Fellow in Fine Art for Leeds University and holds a practice-based PhD.

Ashanti Harris is a visual artist and researcher working with dance, performance and installation. With a focus on recontextualising historical narratives, Ashanti’s work dissects epistemologies of mobilities – the movement of people, ideas and things and the wider social implications of these movements, specifically in relation to the diaspora of West Africa and the Caribbean. Her recent research projects have included a thesis on the dances of the African and Caribbean in Scotland and an ongoing project exploring the presence of Guyanese women in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries. As part of her creative practice, Ashanti is a co-director for Project X – a creative education and curatorial programme, platforming the dances of the African and Caribbean diaspora; and works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating experimental movement workshops, research groups and collaborative performances.