‘Subject to gesture”
(2017) working with Benjamin D. Duvall. Created a text that went into a microphone that went through to guitars and snare drum which had other objects on them then audio them arrived at the speakers. So you didn’t hear the speaking in the room you heard all the sound that had interrupted it. Performed 27th April 2017. Text draws in language on public speaking for example how to do a good ted talk, business presentation etc, used text took references to the body from those text. The language was much more aggressive when put through social media. These are both aspect of the body and behaviour that is managed in official culture and social media. A book version was produced. Not recorded or filmed well as in the room it was multi layered but the recording becomes much more distorted.
Presented as part of art weekend 2017 in Plymouth Athenaeum.
Content derived from “proper” speech. Which directed Mark through a space and instructions to speak, it is a score and a choreography. Text written by Mark and then sent randomly as instructions to Mark through headphones
‘Material and transition” (2018)
Looking at voice and breath. Up to and not including the phonic stage. Involved drawing and projection and sound and performance.
Longer project “some variation” 2019
Working with gestures and not sound. Looking at ways to use gesture in ways that avoids closure and arrival. No closed hands or grasping or gathering or pointing. No finality to gestures they are ambiguous but recognisable. Interested in how do we make art now... making art in a world where narrative, etc seem to be taken over by colonialism, capitalism, etc, the two performers in the piece are a pair, but resitting being read as dialogue or oppositional in anyway or having a narrative. The frocks are partly to take us out of the ordinary and possibly make the figures more sculptural. At the moment it’s in the sketch stage.
Susanna asks why is this not a conversation. Mark’s reply is that they are resisting giving and taking, resisting the materiality or the commerce of that. What does it mean for white middle age man to dialogue around privilege, post colonial, middle class world that isn’t just signalling...
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It leads me to have a question: so now that people who are not white middle class men finally have a voice does this piece instruct us to be without signals, to speak but say nothing...?