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Paul Pieroni leads a tour of Cookie Mueller + Vittorio Scarpati’s posthumous Putti’s Pudding exhibition at Studio Voltaire, Nov 11

9 November 2017

Curator Paul Pieroni is leading a tour of the Putti’s Pudding exhibition at London’s Studio Voltaire on November 11.

Pieroni will discuss the key curatorial concepts in the show, which reimagines the collaborative artists’ book and project ‘Putti’s Pudding’ (1989) by writer Cookie Mueller and her partner, artist Vittorio Scarpati who both died from AIDS related complications that year. The show features “forty–five original felt–tip pen on notepad drawings made by Scarpati when he lost the ability to speak,” with accompanying texts by Mueller. 

The exhibition featured a number of events, including a performance by David Hoyle, a series of film screenings selected by Juliet Jacques and a number of talks by Alice Butler, Adam Christensen, Paul Flynn and Allison Katz, among others.

Visit the Studio Voltaire website for details.**

Vittorio Scarpati (1989) Courtesy Studio Voltaire, London.
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Sifting through the terrain of illness + sound and healing in David Hoyle’s RESPONSE at Studio Voltaire, Oct 25

24 October 2017

David Hoyle presents performance RESPONSE at London’s Studio Voltaire on October 25.

The cabaret/performance artist will perform a new work which responds to Putti’s Pudding (1989), a project and book by Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati who both died from AIDS related health problems, and David McDiarmid’s series of public text works Rainbow Aphorisms (1993-95) placed around London.

Creating a ‘beyond–verbal space,’ the performance will explore “the terrain of illness through healing, sound and ritual” to engage in the realities of body politics as they related to marginilsation and loss. The event is being described as a rare opportunity for the public to see Hoyle’s work first hand.

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Ghislaine Leung @ Studio Voltaire, May 11

10 May 2016

Ghislaine Leung is presenting a new performance called Soft Opening Shut at London’s Studio Voltaire on May 11.

The event comes in response to the current exhibition by Philadelphia-based artist Sharon Hayes, In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, running to June 5.

Presented will be a series of tracks, texts and music that, according to the press release “play out the intimacies and withdrawals of living with each other and ourselves” and make way to explore formal registers of public speaking, including interior monologue, reading and recital.

Leung, who is an editor for Versuch Press and a member of temporary bookshop PUBLIKATIONEN + EDITIONEN, applies her practice to writing about shows that she feels strongly about, forming responses to older artworks, like Bruce Nauman’s ‘Violent Incident’, which was curated into a group show of the same name by Calley Spooner at Middelburg’s Vleeshal Zusterstraat, and enacting gestures of display and reveal. She generally works around the gap (or transformation) between intimacy and presentation.

Hayes too works with both the content and display of archives, and for In My Little Corner… re-stages some of the most affective forms of presentation she has encountered.

See the Studio Voltaire event page for more details.**

Cally Spooner, On False Tears and Outsourcing (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist and the gallery Vleeshal.
Cally Spooner, On False Tears and Outsourcing (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist and the gallery Vleeshal.

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