Reflection on Digestion 2012
Performance Reading at ‘In Other Words’ exhibition, The Officer’s Club, 35 Stall Street,
Bath Fringe Arts Bath Visual Arts Festival, Bath.
Saturday 8 June 2013.
4 half hours in length.
Photography: Trevor H Smith
Thanks to Rowan Lear
A sound recording can be accessed via vimeo
Reflection on Digestion is an epic work. As book, it is nine metres, folded back and forth into an eighteen-page concertina form. Its covers are of undyed calfskin, and its eighteen pages are made of 410 gsm white somerset satin paper relief printed from photo polymer plates.
It is book but it is also performance: 37 hours of scribing performance and more recently, a number of readings from 30 minutes to 4 and a half hours in duration, in which I am attempting to navigate the awkward physicality of its nine metres, as well as my scripto continua writing. The writing is not easily legible, the lettering hovers between word and image, content and form. The attempts to decipher the words creates an absurd narrative in which language is, in one moment recognised, the next, just nonsense.
A review by Trevor H Smith of the exhibition, in Nom de Strip: A Journal of Art and Design in the South West.
'In Other Words: An exhibition exploring the future of language, June 27, 2013
Reflection on Digestion 2012 has been exhibited at the following exhibitions and book fairs:
'Text and Context', English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 2012
'In Other Words’ Fringe Arts Bath Visual Arts Festival, Bath, 2013
'Loopart13', Deptford, London, 2013
London Artists Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2013
'Kaleid 2014: Artists Who Do Books', Book Fair, The Art Academy, London, 2014
Short performance readings have also been performed at the following:
Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London, with bookRoom
Loopart13, Deptford, London, 2013
Kaleid 2014: Artists Who Do Books, Book Fair, The Art Academy, London, 2014