On the 23rd and 27th September 2017 as part of research leave from Manchester School of Art, I gave a performative presentation of new work written for The Big Anxiety Festival at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. I called the work dis/ordered and it was an hour-long exploration of experiences in my own life seen against a backdrop of what I describe as the reductivism of all our mental difference into neat pathological and market-based models. Because of the sensitive nature of some of the material I shared, I asked that it wasn’t filmed or webcast, but rather be seen as two distinct performances of a new body of work. It happened live, and that was it.
Since the work was shown, I’ve been asked if I’ll perform it in full again, and I guess the answer would be - it depends on the context. What I have done however, is make a 12 minute online taster of the work, which whilst alluding to some of the more sensitive material, doesn’t go into any detail, but provides a flavour of the work. So whilst it may seem to jump from theme to theme, it’s simply the skeleton without all the flesh, blood and passion.
Please feel free to get in touch with me about this work.