Workshop fee: S$35
The centrality of performance in today’s contemporary art landscape suggests the explicit importance of the body and embodied practices in the visual art field. As it has become generally accepted that all culture is performance, as are all relations in the social sphere—inflected by gender, class, racial difference, citizenship, and so on—how do we distinguish, define, and practise the performative work that artists and writers do? How do we understand the production of meaning through the singular and social body—a body that includes an audience?
This workshop will focus on the performance of language—the voice—an everyday enactment that is often cast, inaccurately, as “natural,” inevitable, and unrehearsed. It will examine how the performance of language encourages the development of a radical subjectivity, as well as how a new kind of oral and literary culture—one that circulates through digital technologies via messaging and online practices—has transformed how we conceive of and perform language on a daily basis.
Quinn Latimer (United States/Switzerland) is a poet, critic, and editor whose work often explores feminist economies of writing, reading, and image production. Her writings and readings have been featured widely, including at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Radio Athènes, Athens; the Venice Architecture Biennale; and Sharjah Biennial 13. She has been guest faculty at ZHdK, Zurich; Institut Kunst, Basel; HEAD, Geneva, and the Banff Centre, in Canada. Latimer was editor-in-chief of publications for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.
She is the author of Like a Woman: Essays, Readings, Poems (2017); Sarah Lucas: Describe this Distance (2013); Film as a Form of Writing: Quinn Latimer Talks to Akram Zaatari (2013); and Rumored Animals (2012).
A public programme of Singapore Art Book Fair 2019.
Image caption: Quinn Latimer at David Robert Arts Foundation, London. Courtesy Josh Redman