'flat-head self-tapping’ engages with speaking in public, with being on show, with being heard, and with displaying coded behaviour. Deriving elements from Bell’s Standard Elocutionist and from online dictionaries, the text stitches fragments, word lists, letters, and gestures into a display of awkward flapping interrupted by gnomic expulsions. Using movements that recall the signalling of lawn-bowls players, or of on-course bookies, the performer spells out exercises designed to develop ‘proper’ speech. Receiving instructions, phrases, or data via headphones he repeats these to the audience.
artist: Mark Leahy
video and sound: Neil Rose
duration: 15' 42"
more information: markleahy.net/performance/flat-head-self-tapping/
This work is based on a performance developed for the ‘plinths’ element of PW12: Performance Writing weekend at Arnolfini, Bristol in May 2012.
With thanks to Plymouth College of Art.