The Sensible Stage
Date: 25 - 26 May 2012
Location: ICA, London
A programme of performances and a talk at the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images celebrating the launch of our new publication The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image
The Sensible Stage: Performances
Friday 25 May, 9.30pm, ICA Theatre
£5 / Free to ICA Members
The Sensible Stage: Performances explore theatricality and modes of performance in relation to both film and the 'live' event. The programme includes a new performance by Gail Pickering, Not Yet, No Longer (2012), that continues her series of unique live events, Sixty Six Signs of Neon (2010-ongoing), which was recently included in the British Art Show 7.
The works in this programme use the affective space of performance in different ways. Annabel Frearson re-works the text of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein into something both sinister and corporeal, whilst Jimmy Robert's film Emma/Mystique (2001) uses movement and gesture to link figures from two juxtaposed sets of footage.
Cara Tolmie's Myriad Mouth Line (2011) constitutes a space for affect in which the body and the unspeaking voice evoke, delineate and structure the space of the performance itself. And finally, Pickering's Not Yet, No Longer (2012) raises the spectral body of a 1970s community television archive: dead transmissions and a petrified studio audience cause us to inhabit and reflect on the 'real labour of representation'.
This programme of performances celebrates the launch of The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image, a collection of newly commissioned texts that explore the moving image in relation to performance, time and the event, edited by Bridget Crone and published by Picture This.
Annabel Frearson, Frankenstein 2, 2012
Live performance (by actor Alex Walker) with sound
Jimmy Robert, Emma/Mystique, 2001
Super-8 transferred to 16mm
Cara Tolmie, Myriad Mouth Line, 2011
Live performance with sound
Gail Pickering, Not Yet, No Longer, 2012
Live performance, musician, projected video, sound, lights.
Produced by Bridget Crone / Plenty Projects in association with Picture This
Theatricality and Staging
Saturday 26 May, 2.30pm, ICA Theatre
Chaired by curator and writer Bridget Crone.
With curator Vanessa Desclaux, artist Beatrice Gibson, and Pil and Galia Kollectiv.
Recent debates have disrupted and complicated the separation between theatre and performance, but what do these debates mean for the moving image - how does the image itself become live and material in form? A distinguished panel tackles subjects raised in The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image, a new collection of essays edited by Bridget Crone.
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The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image is a collection of newly commissioned texts that explore the moving image in relation to performance, time and the event, edited by Bridget Crone and published by Picture This.
Cara Tolmie works with performance, film and installation.
Picture This, Plenty Projects and Spike Associates have awarded Hannah James, Laura Phillips, Hannah Still and Marko Wilkinson bursuries to attend