Drawing the Line, Sounding Non-Verbal Data

26th January 2013 – 2pm – Arnolfini – Tamarin Norwood & Nathan Walker

Tamarin Norwood

Tamarin spoke about her solo exhibition “Well you have to draw the line somewhere” which ran in Oxford at the time of the Tertulia event. The works included in the showed   two strands of her practice: the writing and drawing of lines, and the repurposing of domestic objects as components of artworks. Together these works offer an examination of how objects, events and participants can be ‘inscribed’ into the category of art, and of what this inscription might mean for the uninscribed things left behind in everyday life.

Tamarin Norwood (b.1981) is an artist and writer. Recent performance, audio and video commissions include Tate Britain, Art on the Underground, MOCCA Toronto and the London Word Festival. Recent art writing and fiction has been published by the ICA, Live Art Development Agency, Art Licks and LemonMelon; recent poetry by Bloodaxe, The Other Room and Red Ceilings Press with Maintenant. Her latest book ‘olololo’ was published this year by Modern Art Oxford and produced by Book Works studio. Tamarin studied linguistics at Oxford University (2004) and fine art at Central Saint Martins (2007); her MFA art writing at Goldsmiths (2010) was funded by the AHRC and she has just begun a Clarendon-funded doctorate in art theory and anthropology at Oxford University, looking at functional objects in contemporary art practice.

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Nathan Walker

For Tertulia, Nathan performed readings of texts constructed from non-verbal data, found language and descriptions of collage.

Nathan’s practice transforms the event of writing into performance, video and collage and other things that make it difficult to produce readings. These interconnected forms assemble found and constructed images as language experiments using poetic explorations of interruption & indeterminacy, symmetry & syntax, notation & the paragrammatic. Often autobiographical, his practice collects, organises and superimposes visual and textual material to explore the relationships between objects and words. His current research explores the sonic exploration of programming languages and ideas around the task of speaking.

In 2010 Nathan co-founded O U I Performance with artist Victoria Gray and together they programme contemporary time-based performance in York, North Yorkshire. He is currently lecturer in Performance at York St John University, York, UK.


Nathan Walker


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