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THIS TICKETS ALLOWS ADMISSION TO THE HELA PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION 19.30, 5 JUNE AND INTO THE FULL DAY SYMPOSIUM 10.30-20.30, 6 JUNE 2014.
BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape
Responding to the theme of memory in the work of Lorna Simpson
Friday 6 June 2014 / 10.30-20.30
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
In a body of work spanning three decades, Lorna Simpson evokes memory in the relationship of text to image, in the repeated performative gestures and re-enactments of her large-scale video works and in her use of thrift shop props and costumes. Simpson’s is not a collective but a collected memory, not autobiographical but anonymous. Conversations reverberate back and forth in time, creating a space for reflection and transformation in the critical gap between an original event and its simulation.
In response to Simpson’s relationship with memory, trauma and the body, this symposium will bring together eminent practitioners, artists and theoreticians in this field. Emerging from the research, practice and interests of three artists based at Northumbria University: Jane Arnfield, Christine Borland, and Sandra Johnston, and working with GemArts, a leading diversity arts organisation based in the North East, the symposium connects disciplines of visual, live and performing arts. This dynamic event will foreground new and critically acclaimed performances alongside presentations and panel discussion, interfusing live experience with critical dialogue, to consider ethical questions of representation and responsibility in histories re-told.
Thursday 5 June 2014: Pre-Symposium Programme
HeLa: Performance + Discussion / 19.30
On the evening before the symposium, a performance and discussion takes place at BALTIC, Gateshead. Tickets available separately or as a bundle with the symposium ticket.
HeLa, written and performed by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join Christine Borland and Professor Volker Straub in BALTIC Kitchen for a discussion concerning the issues raised in the work: genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership.
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents an ever-changing calendar of dynamic, diverse & international contemporary visual art exhibitions and events.