Dangling Modifiers & A Curious Love Letter, Micro Performance Lectures, Ragley Hall

Dangling Modifiers & A Curious Love Letter, Micro performance Lectures, Warwickshire Open Studios, Ragley Hall, Warks

Dangling Modifiers & A Curious Love Letter, Micro Performance Lectures, Warwickshire Open Studios, Ragley Hall, Warks

 [Briefly she enters another’s space becoming a site of inscription like the blank page…
he advances towards her with short, sharp stabbing motions. Can she subject her
sensuous gesture to his nervous tic? Following the curve of her S she drops down
heavily into its base disappearing from his line of site. She sways at the bottom before
rising and finds that he has become a woodpecker, his nervous tic feverishly
inscribing the trunk of a tree.]

“Dangling Modifiers” is the textual re-performance of a physical performance. High on a hilltop in the Lake District Denise engaged in an improvised choreography attempting to dance with the artist Paul Klee (1879-1940); to coax the performer’s body and Klee’s silent drawing into speech . Klee’s rhythmic line is expressive, lyrical, poetic and figurative evoking transcriptions of music. “The letter is not directed to the body; the line however, exists only through the echo it will encounter in other bodies where it will generate itself as a danceable volume, polyphony, scene, texture, at palpitating fingertips…” [1]. Positively performing a Kleeché  (taking a line for a walk), Paul Klee’s Drawing Knotted, 1920 was utilised as the performative score translating the drawing into movement by falling, jittering, twisting, snaking, weaving and shimmying on a hilltop like a deranged walker.

“Echo who cannot be silent when another speaks. Echo who cannot speak at all unless another has spoken. Echo who always answers back.” [2]

A Curious Love Letter is equally a failed attempt at speech, letters of love to an absent and unreachable addressee, based on an original reading of a performed letter at which Denise was absent. Separated by distance, time, space and location Denise has ventriloquised the original speakers voice into her own, reconstructing and miming the unheard text. Other voices and figures have been incorporated including artists Ad Reinhardt, Piet Mondrian & Michael Craig-Martin and literary figures such as Maurice Blanchot, Roland Barthes and Fernando Pessoa. The result is a polyphonic word and image divigation and a very curious love letter indeed.

Dates & Times: Saturday 5 th July 2pm & 3pm, Sunday 6th July 2pm & 3pm – Saturday 12th July 2pm & 3pm, Sunday 13th July 2pm & 3pm.

[1] Jean-Francois Lyotard, Driftworks, Semiotext(e), Inc, (Columbia University: New York, 1984), p.86/87.
[2] Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1997), p.75/77.

Warwickshire Open Studios 2014

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Ragley Gallery and Studios will be taking part in the Warwickshire Open Studios Event 28th June to Sunday 13th July. “This year marks the 14th anniversary of Warwickshire Open Studios. It has grown to become the biggest exhibition of unique and original art and craft with over 320 artists and makers in 144 venues in and around the towns and villages of Warwickshire”

Come and visit our Artist in Residence, Dawn Harris and our Studio Artists  Deb Catesby, Michala Gyetvai, Usha Khoshla and Denise Startin and get an insight into their studios and their work. Deb is a contemporary painter, Michala is a an award winning textile artist, Usha is a studio potter and ceramicist who has exhibited her work nationwide and Denise Startin (Royal College of Art) works across a range of media and Installation. Participating artists’ also include: Jill Roberts, Kim Philpotts, Deb Eldred, Anne Bravey, Brian Cook, Ann Sohn -Rethel, Val Andrews and an exhibition of works by France Brodeur.

Opening times: Daily 11.00am – 4.00pm Late night Thursday 3rd July – 9.00pm. 
During the 2 weeks of Open Studios we have a Special Charity Event Evening Thursday 3rd July – 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Enjoy live music, a pig roast, art raffle and more, all proceeds will go towards MacMillan Cancer Support.

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