I am no longer human, I have become pure nature or pure death

30.10.21  |  14.00 – 16.00

Costume workshop on becoming dolphin with Linda Stupart and Carl Gent.

In this all-ages drop-in workshop Linda Stupart and Carl Gent will lead a group using fabric, plastic, makeup, lights and sound to build costumes that will help us become dolphin (shark, octopus, mermaid/man/person, nautilus, coral, Neptune, oil spill etc) and follow our pods into some kind of crystalline safety through our round trip to the aquatic underworld. No preparation or expertise required. All the animals are one animal today.

Part of This way is very hard, but not insoluble

Dr Linda Stupart is an artist, writer, and educator from Cape Town, South Africa.

They completed their PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016, with a project engaged in new considerations of objectification and abjection. They are currently a permanent lecturer at Birmingham City University, and have previously worked at University of Reading, London College of Communication, and Camberwell Arts College. 

They have also run arts education projects at Tate, South London Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre, and Camden Arts Centre. Linda is interested in the possibilities for writing and making discrete grounded encounters with different kinds of bodies (of knowledge, objects, affect as well as corporeal bodies) as a way to think through less alienated ways of living and thinking together. This comes out of encounters with feminist art, postcolonial, ecological, queer, and affect theory as well as embodied and object-based critical institutional encounters. Their current work consists predominately of writing, performance, film, and sculpture, and engages with queer theory, science fiction, environmental crises, magic, language, desire, and revenge.

They have recently exhibited at Lisson Gallery, Raven Row, Tate, IMT, Matt’s Gallery, and The Showroom in London; as well as Transmission in Glasgow, DISTRICT in Berlin, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Kunstraum Niederösterreich in Vienna, and Syndicate in Cologne.

Carl Gent is an artist from Bexhill-on-sea, UK.

Their recent work has sought to rehistoricise and refictionalise the life of Cynethryth, eighth-century Queen of Mercia. This has involved live publishing, the building of community carnival floats, forced-feeding with pigeon-shaped cakes and the construction of wishing-well cesspits.

Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Jupiter Woods, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn; Flatland Projects, Bexhill-on-sea and are publishing their first book, Felon Herb expanding on their manufacture of absinthe at KELDER Projects. They were one of the recipients of Artangel's inaugural Thinking Time grant, have new writing published in Happy Hypocrite #12: Without Reduction; and At Practice #1 and have recently exhibited and performed at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; ICA, London; De La Warr Pavilion