Spike Island

Talk: Writing Movement / Reading Movement


Sunday 10 April 2016, 2pm


Free, booking advised

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Spike Island artist in residence Tamarin Norwood invites dancer and performance artist Martina Conti, writer-artist Emma Cocker and writer and singer Phil Owen to join her in conversation.

Building upon insights from their own interdisciplinary methods, they will explore the liveness and 'timeliness' of action and notation across drawing, writing and choreography.

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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.

Emma Cocker

Emma Cocker is a writer-artist and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her research often addresses the endeavour of creative labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Not Yet There unfolds as an interdisciplinary, hybridized enquiry that operates restlessly along the threshold of writing/art, involving performative, collaborative and creative prose approaches to writing in dialogue with, parallel to and as art practice.

Cocker's recent writing has been published in Failure (2010); Stillness in a Mobile World (2011); Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought (2011); Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art (2012); On Not Knowing: How Artists Think (2013); and Reading/Feeling (2013). The first collection of Cocker’s writing entitled The Yes of the No is published by Site Gallery (2015). She is currently a key researcher on the project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations of the Line, a collaboration with artist Nikolaus Gansterer and choreographer Mariella Greil.


Martina Conti

Martina Conti graduated in contemporary dance from Laban, London. Her artistic research explores the human body as an archival space and a place of transmission. She is interested in the immaterial and transient quality of performance and in using movement as a medium to create collective experiences and choreographed sculptures. Martina has been a dancer and a collaborating artist for British choreographer Angela Woodhouse since 2007. She is also part of Little Constellation, a network of contemporary art focused on geo-cultural micro-areas and small states of Europe. In 2014 and 2015 she was part of the research group A Natural Oasis, a transnational project curated by Little Constellation, Alessandro Castiglioni, and Simone Frangi for Mediterranea17. Her work has been presented at Viafarini (Milan), Listen to the Sirens, Space for Contemporary Art (Gibraltar), Atelierhaus Salzamt (Linz), Biennial of Young Artists of Europe (Skopje), Santarcangelo Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce (Genoa), Bonington Gallery and Lakeside Gallery (Nottingham). She is a postgraduate student in performance at Central Saint Martins / University of the Arts, London. She lives and works in London and San Marino.

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.


Phil Owen

Phil Owen is a writer and singer based in Bristol. His work is focussed on the research project where is this voice coming from, and who am I when I can hear it? which explores ideas around the voice, identity, inheritance, and appropriation. In recent years he has been published by/presented at Oriel Myrddin, Mission Gallery, g39, Chapter, Arnolfini, Standpoint Gallery, Lydgalleriet, and Doggerland (forthcoming). He co-founded the salon event Tertulia with Megan Wakefield in 2010, and works as an Assistant Curator at Arnolfini.

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