Spike Island

Talk: The Ear and the Page


Saturday 21 May 2016, 2pm


Free, booking advised

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Composer Antonia Barnett-McIntosh joins Spike Island artist in residence Tamarin Norwood to present their recent collaboration; an examination of the intersections between drawing, writing, listening and making noise, supported by Hubbub at Wellcome Collection. Hear about the connections they have made between the surface of the page and the surface of the ear. 

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This event is part of Point Line Time, a drawing research project led by artist and writer Tamarin Norwood as part of her twelve-month residency at Spike Island, Bristol. Throughout her residency, Norwood is working with a network of researchers and practitioners including an animator, a 3D print engineer, a choreographer and a sign language translator to explore the acts of drawing and writing in relation to time and three-dimensional space. She hosts a series of public conversations, presentations and live experiments as she develops a new body of work.

Antonia Barnett-MckIntosh

Antonia Barnett-McIntosh is a Berlin-based composer of instrumental and vocal art music and has collaborated extensively with musicians, theatre and filmmakers, dancers, visual artists and poets. She is currently composer in residence with Hubbub Group at the Wellcome Collection in London. Her compositional concerns lie in the specificity of sound gestures and their variation, translation and adaptation, their essence and focus (and the blurring of that focus), often employing chance-based and procedural operations.

Antonia’s music has been performed in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand, and the United States: by Aurora Orchestra, Chroma, Red Note Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, NorthArc, SoundPlay, and Tudor Consort; at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican's Pit Theatre, Wellcome Collection, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Traverse Theatre, and Strahler Berlin; at City of London Festival, Taste Festival Berlin, Festspillene i Nord-Norge (North Norway Festival), Capital Fringe Festival Washington D.C., 4 Days at Arnolfini Bristol, and as part of BBC 3's Hear and Now concert for 'Why Music?'. Antonia studied music composition at Victoria University of Wellington, receiving a First Class Honours degree with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with a Master of Music in Composition.


Tamarin Norwood

Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. UK commissions include Tate Britain, Art on the Underground and Modern Art Oxford; international exhibitions include MOCCA Toronto, ICA Philadelphia, Beton7 Athens and AC Institute New York. Recent art writing, fiction and poetry includes publications by the ICA, LADA and Bloodaxe; her artist book 'olololo' was published by Modern Art Oxford with Book Works studio.

Tamarin studied linguistics before training as an artist at Central Saint Martins and on the Goldsmiths MFA Art Writing. She is part of the inaugural team of research residents of the Hub at Wellcome Collection, and is completing a practice-led doctorate in Fine Art as a Clarendon Scholar at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.


Supported by
  • Hubbub