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  • Victoria Gray, Berthing Bone, still from digital video, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Richard O’Hare.
  • Victoria Gray, Berthing Bone, still from digital video, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Richard O’Hare.

Victoria Gray – Berthing Bone

Friday 09 May 2014

The event includes a screening, reading and publication launch. The reading will start at 7.30 and will last 45 mins.

Further screening – 10 May 2014 – 12 – 6 pm

Bloc Projects is pleased to host a special screening of Berthing Bone by performance artist and writer Victoria Gray along with an accompanied reading by the artist developed in collaboration with artist and writer Emma Cocker.

Often durational in length, Gray’s work is concerned with the politics of affective and kinaesthetic experience in the live encounter. Berthing Bone is a single-channel video work conceived as a durational series of performed sculptures for the hands. Through corporeal and moving-image based strategies of stillness, slowness and close proximity, the work explores incipient action, honing attention to the affective experience of movement before movement takes form.

The video is accompanied by MANUAL, a collaborative publication that includes texts by Gray and Cocker. Operating under the title Not Yet There, Cocker’s research enquiry often addresses the endeavour of creative labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single or stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved.

A limited number of publications will be available for purchase during the event.

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Berthing Bone was filmed on location at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Longside Gallery, Wakefield. Performance and direction by Victoria Gray; camera and post-production by Orillo Productions. The work has been funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery and supported by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Arts Council Collection. The publication MANUAL is supported by Nottingham Trent University.

Victoria Gray (b. 1982, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) is a current PhD candidate in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in venues in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the USA. Her writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books in the field of performance; recent publications include Journal of Dance & Somatic Practice, 2012; Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative & Cultural Practices, 2012,Choreographic Practices, 2013, Emergency Index, 2013, and Reading/Feeling, 2013.

Emma Cocker is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Her writing has been published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2011; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013; Reading/Feeling, 2013, and Cartographies of Exile, 2014.