I’m COMPLETELY thrilled to be part of this project, and working with Home For Waifs And Strays, The Herbert and DASH arts.
The Heimlich Sessions
Five performances drawn from the same set.
Five identities derived from 14-year-old forum interactions.
A joyous sonic celebration of the other, the odd and the unusual.
There have been several periods where, for various reasons, I felt uncomfortable leaving the house. During these times I often found online forums such as spaced-out.com & blueblood.net to be my connection to some form of community where my fears of being perceived as an oddball, weirdo or freak were pacified.
Subsequent therapy sessions focused not on fixing what was wrong with me, but of accepting that I was alright. Eccentric, certainly. Queer, definitely. But no more flawed than anybody else. And absolutely not fundamentally defective as a human being.
So in celebration of the peculiar in us all I’m making a three hour set, based on the teenage tendency to play guitar in their bedrooms for hours, making band names based on forum conversations all those years ago. Including costume changes, ukuleles, electric fiddles, and accapella classics you can expect sets from:
Grote von Klappers (The Queen of Duisburg)
TripleKnobJoint with SnatchMembrane
Pigspingdle & The Swinging Dingleberries
Ore – Chasm
Join us at The Herbert for a proper gig atmosphere or online for such classics as ‘Longer Than Your Dick (pic)’ and ‘I’ve got a second floor fallout shelter (& I’ll give you the key)’
The Hand of Glory was a mummified childs arm found in the attic of an Old Walsall Pub called ‘The White Hart’. A favourite attraction at the old EM Flint Gallery as a child, this work seeks to revere and lionise it.
I’ve already used the Hand of Glory as subject matter – see the Roden’s Compendium entry here – but following the example of decorated Saintly Relics wanted to create a piece of work which treats my childhood obsession with near-religious awe.
Materials: Black Pearls, White Pearls, Lapis Lazuli, Garnet, Japanese Gold Thread, Velvet, Antique Wooden Box, Faux Skeletal Hand
There has been a short radio silence recently while I’ve been working on the renovation of my studios. A Kickstarter campaign, some incredible supporters and 6 weeks of building, painting and foul language later The Old Wig has finally closed it’s doors for good to be replaced with Failbetter
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I’m fairly excited to be giving a presentation of my ongoing practice on Tuesday 19th September at Vivid Projects from 6-8pm
Part of Vivid’s very splendid Black Hole Club scheme it gives me the opportunity to present my practice as a whole and discuss current projects and works in progress.
I’ll be presenting a brief round up of the various strands of my practice including poppets, compendiums, cryptids and performances. This will be followed by a presentation of current projects including:
The Cantess – created as part “Where’s Our Spake Gone?” (a project about the Black Country Dialect), this celebrates the local gossip as a source of folk knowledge and community figure.
The Bodge Job – An entirely non-verbal performance subverting traditional symbols of grief and penitence
Memento Mori/Heavenly Poppets – Inspired by the ostentatiously decorated saintly relics of medieval Catholicism and the lionisation of mortal remains.
All Welcome! There will be cake!
Fanzine produced for Dig Me Out Of The Woods, an exhibition curated by Alex Billingham with members of Black Hole Club and featuring Fiona Shaw.
I edited and produced a 20 page fanzine using 1990’s methods, with pages from each of the exhibiting artists.
Featuring words by Fiona Shaw, Alex Billingham and Vicky Roden and artwork from Kate Spence, Sian MacFarlane, Becky Mahay, Jaime Jackson, Libby Cuffley, Daniel Hopkins, John Bradburn, Fiona Shaw, Alex Billingham and Vicky Roden
Please feel free to print and distribute!
The Double-Plus Good Kantisto Warbles shall serenade you as part of the Black Hole Club exhibition ‘Transmission‘, opening on Digbeth First Friday 2nd June from 7-9pm and then showing on Saturday 3rd June 12-4pm at Vivid Projects.
The Double-Plus-Good Kantisto Warbles represents the continuous descent into obselence of any new technology. Since time began there have been entertainers, particularly singers, who have carried songs across the world performing for audiences from a few individuals to crowds of thousands. In the eighteenth century the music box made a physical performer an optional extra – it gave people (for the first time) the capacity to hear particular tunes at home. This was then superseded by the wax cylinder and the gramophone.
As a wandering minstrel walking around the various sites of Digbeth First Friday I shall be serenading visitors in Nadsat, Newspeak and Esperanto. These languages are particularly interesting to me as each reflects a Utopian hope for the future, however Dystopian said future turned out to be. Song choices include ‘Ode to Joy’ (or “The Glorious Ninth”), ‘Happy Birthday’ (possibly the most immediately recognisable song in the world) and Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ (the first song to reach No. 1 via downloads). The sound of these performances shall be relayed back to a speaker in Vivid Projects.
So come along to Digbeth First Friday and let The Double-Plus Good Kantisto Warbles serenade you!
This coming Digbeth First Friday I’ll be publicly presenting The Bodge Job for the first time.
Performance begins at approximately 6pm and concludes by 7pm