Greenlandic, Sutherland, Careplan

14th July, 2011, 7:30 pm, Arnolfini Reading Room.

In a slight change to our usual Tertulia format, and in celebration of Bastille Day, we’ve decided to fling open July’s programme to anybody who wants to contribute. What we’d like is for YOU to present something lo-tech but linguistically juicy for no longer than 15 minutes. This could be a piece of your own work in whatever shape or form, a reading from a book you’d like to draw attention to, a piece of music – anything you find interesting and would like to share!

Here are a few of the delights to come:

Nancy Campbell’s new book How to say ‘I love you’ in Greenlandic 
was conceived as a work on topography and typography, in which visual
elements play as important a role as the text.  How can this could be
performed – how can the book could be re-imagined as a sound work befitting theoral literature it documents?

Rachel Flynn will consider artist Graham Sutherland’s writings on places, in particular west Wales, as the product of an interwar culture of travel writing and landscape exploration. In 1942 Suitherland wrote an article entitled ‘Welsh Sketchbook’. In it he describes the places in Wales which had inspired his work for the previous eight years; since he had first visited the country where he believed he had ‘learned to paint’.

Racel Hartland will talk about her installation which takes the form of a bathroom cabinet and the contents within. She will try and discover the past of an elderly lady with dementia.  Her work concerns identity, and this piece was inspired by a story in the press concerning the death, in care, of an elderly woman who seemingly had no one to attend her funeral. The article appeared  following an appeal by the local Vicar. There is an accompanying poem entitled ‘The Imposter’.

Image credit: Rachel Hartland

Mary Crowder’s installation, For my nursing careplan was created in response to prescriptive nursing workplace careplans that solely record the factual element of care. It breaks the boundaries of medical convention by inscribing personal workers’ memories and feelings onto official documents of own in-patient records and x-rays. All of which remain invisible until either switched on or opened to expose their proscriptive content.

 and finally…Sam Playford-Greenwell will attempt to balance a banana on his head.

Room for more besides. Come along as a participant or guest…all welcome…

in case we end up with more people than we can fit in to 2 hours, then we’ll draw names out of a hat. Vive la revolution!


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