Work Processing – A Forum for the Sharing of Live Practice
1 December 2017
Work Processing is a day-long forum designed to showcase and celebrate the work of academic and independent practitioners researchers. The day is aimed at early-career practitioners, practice-based PhD students, and independent artist researchers but we welcome attendees from all academic and non-academic backgrounds. The focus of Work Processing is practice itself. The programme is selected work by ten artists working within a range of disciplines and approaches to practice: Martha Todd, Christina Della Giustina, Rebecca Marta D’Andrea, Sarah Blissett, Amie Rai, Jan van Duppen, Ellan Parry, Alice Colquhoun, Craig Pollard, Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall. They will share works-in-progress, demonstrations of methodologies, and explorative or experimental arts practice that uncouple the process of making from its mediation through theoretical discourse. The idea is to allow practice to exist in dialogue with other practice and to explore an alternative to the standard conference model. In this spirit, the event will conclude with a communal dinner where food and reflections on the event can be shared through conversation without the formality of an academic Q&A. Food and drink will be provided, but any contributions to the feast will be very much welcomed! Attendees are invited to bring their own bowl or plate and utensils, and to also note that Chisenhale Dance Space can be a bit chilly in the winter, so bring a blanket or warm layers. Work Processing has been organised by practice-based PhD candidates Neal Cahoon, Flora Parrott, Emilia Robinson, Carolyn Roy and James Telford – and supported by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
Neal Cahoon is a writer and researcher based at the University of Roehampton. He is interested in sound environments during the act of reading, and his PhD practice focuses on creating written work analogous to the collaborations between John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg. Neal’s practice has been supported by TECHNE since October 2014.
Carolyn Roy is a London-based dancer, writer and teacher. Her work explores the body meeting its world through improvising and walking and the material that emerges in this encounter. Formative influences of Skinner Releasing Technique and Body Weather continue to inform her practice. She is a PhD practitioner researcher at Roehampton University supported by TECHNE.
James Telford is a composer and electronic musician. His TECHNE-funded doctoral research investigates forms of resistance in improvisation as a compositional strategy. He is particularly interested in the relationship between ‘live’ and studio-based composition, and his music flits around between noize, ambient, electroacoustic and experimental electronic music.
Emilia Robinson is an independent dance artist and teacher, in both HE and the community. Emilia’s is a practice-based PhD candidate in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) and is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership.
Flora has been developing an innovative combination of geography and visual art practices during her TECHNE-funded PhD. She is interested in emphasising the value of subterranean imaginations for engaging questions of nature, technology and the environment. Drawing together human and physical geography, printmaking and workshop development, she has been examining scientific engagements with underground spaces.