Performance: Empathy Flows

7 July 2016, 7–9pm
Performance | London

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Guan Xiao, Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC, 2015 (detail). Photo: David Bebber
Guan Xiao, Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC, 2015 (detail). Photo: David Bebber

About

A lively evening of spoken word performance by artists, writers and poets exploring the promotion and consumption of empathy in networked culture. Contributors include: Helen Benigson, Tom Jenks, Seraphima Kennedy, Jasmine Parker, Ella Plevin, Flora Parrott in collaboration with Gustavo Ferro, Sam Riviere and Jacob Watmore.

The night will also launch I disrupt, untie, I solve - a publication that uses writing, the performative and our relationship with objects to interrogate our connection to both physical and virtual realms. Produced by students from BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism & Curation, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, it includes contributions by: Miriam Eleonora Barosco, Tatiana Ermolaeva and Olga Carpenco, Imogen Harland, Tom Jenks, Alysha Lee, Håkon Lillegraven, Jasmine Parker, Brenda Vega Mora, Jacob Watmore and Rosie Woodhouse. 

FREE

Booking recommended.


SCHEDULE 

All times are approximate.

7.10PM

When I have finished in here I will speed back up again 

Flora Parrott and Gustavo Ferro Read by Rachel Cunningham Clark and Alan Fielding

MAIN HALL 

When I have finished in here I will speed back up again is based on a day the artists spent with each other virtually over WhatsApp as they wandered through their respective locales, Camden and Sâo Paulo.


7.15PM

Sam Riviere reads a selection of recent poems

MEZZANINE

                      

7.35PM

When I have finished in here I will speed back up again Flora Parrott and Gustavo Ferro 

MAIN HALL


7.45PM

A week is a long, long time

Seraphima Kennedy

MEZZANINE

A week is a long, long time charts Kennedy’s response to the exhibition at different points of a historically turbulent week, culminating in the Brexit result. She turned to a childhood game, in which pairs of letters were removed from sentences, leaving only orphaned, isolated letter. What remains, frequently, is nonsense.


8.05PM

Hangry

Helen Carmel Benigson

REAR GALLERY

Hangry is a new audio iteration that references the time of post-natal anxiety, police interrogation and domestic unease. Sound editor and saxophone: Adriano Rossetti-Bonell.


8.15PM

Excerpt from An Anatomy of Melancholy 

Tom Jenks

MEZZANINE

An Anatomy of Melancholy is a reworking of Robert Burton’s 1621 text of the same name, using every tweet mentioning the word ‘melancholy’ written during January, commonly agreed to be the most depressing month of the year. 


8.35PM

When I have finished in here I will speed back up again

Flora Parrott and Gustavo Ferro

MAIN HALL


8.45PM

Are your hands getting slightly fatter?

Jacob Watmore

MEZZANINE

Are your hands getting slightly fatter? uses directive language, objects and subtle acts of viewing to poke at the boundaries of fiction and the ordinary.


8.50PM

SEABOH33 Ella Plevin

Read by Michael Jempeji

MEZZANINE

SEABOH33 is the first chapter in a series of flash fictions inspired by the individual and collective anxieties connected to accelerated humanity.


THROUGHOUT THE EVENING

Poetry Machine

Jasmine Parker

FOYER 

Poetry Machine invites audience members to produce randomly generated and unique poems and pictures on an automated printer. 

Supporters

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London