Cara Tolmie

Cara Tolmie @ Pump House Gallery, Jun 10

8 June 2016

Artist Cara Tolmie is presenting ‘Incongruous Diva’ at London’s Pump House Gallery on June 10.

The ongoing performance will interrogate and destabilise the role of the singer as it is performed and valued as a voice in contemporary pop culture.

Tolmie will include in an array and “conflict of physical, aural and written languages” to question the invisible economies that stick to this role via YouTube covers, vocal sampling and the tyrannical measurement of ‘raw talent’.

Previous work by the artist —who recently presented Litmus Shuffle with artist Patrick Staff at Berlin’s KW —carries with it phrasing in both its description and content such as “characterised by enthralment” and tends between long research-based experiments in front of listening audiences, and embracing and showing the “superficial exchange” of email communication with collaborators.

‘Incongruous Diva’ is a part of current show The Grounds We Tread at Pump House which will run until June 19.

See the Pump House Gallery website for more details.**

Cara Tolmie, Pilot (2015). Installation view. Courtesy the artist and Rowing Projects, London
Cara Tolmie, Pilot (2015). Installation view. Courtesy the artist and Rowing Projects, London.
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The Grounds We Tread @ Pump House Gallery, Apr 19 – June 19

18 April 2016

The Grounds We Tread group exhibition is on at London’s Pump House Gallery, opening April 19 and running June 19.

Featuring presentations by artists Jiří Kovanda, London-based duo Lloyd Corporation, Ilona Sagar and Cara Tolmie, the month long show will be made up of four mini-presentations of live and performative works.

Each one will address how public space is inhabited by social relations, by ideas, by language and communication and by technology, while documentation of Kovanda’s 1970s actions will also be hung on the walls of the gallery as unframed works throughout.

Tolmie, who recently presented a collaboration with Patrick Staff at Berlin’s KW, will extend her work, which has in the past looked at singing live in front of others, to a consideration of the body that enunciates and the sounds that accompany this singing voice.

See Pump House Gallery website exhibition page for more details and a schedule of the works.**

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Patrick Staff + Cara Tolmie @ KW, Apr 7

5 April 2016

Patrick Staff and Cara Tolmie will present Litmus Shuffle at Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art on April 7.

Presented as a part of the gallery’s current performance programme, ‘The Performative Minute’, Tolmie and Staff have been working on ‘Litmus Shuffle’ for a while, at least since 2014. They describe it as a ‘choreographic collaboration’, which collects the by-products, detritus or excesses of a shared ‘life’ and ‘work’ along with the communication that forms it, examining its possible transformation into reusable material.

The work this time will be posited in the context of the Secret Surface exhibition, which each event of ‘The Performative Minute’ including niv Acosta’s performance ‘Clapback‘ has been curated in relation to.

Both artists push the form of art and what it can include into a realm of personal, unbecoming, unrealised —or unrealisable. In this way they embrace what they describe in the press release as ‘superficial exchange’ (emails, sending photos to each other on their phones) rather than avoid this material, because “revelations of identity-constructing may be observed as they unfold” in time and space.

See the KW website for more details.**

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SECRET SURFACE @ KW Institut, Feb 13 – May 1

12 February 2016

The considerable SECRET SURFACE group show is on at Berlin’s KW Institut for Contemporary Art, opening February 13 and running to May 1.

The announcement for the exhibition opens with a quote from writer D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Chaos in Poetry’ essay, noting a person’s futile drive for order in life’s turmoil: “In [their] terror of chaos, [humanity] begins by putting up an umbrella between [themselves] and the everlasting chaos…”

Making a claim to going beyond an ‘occidental’ (see ‘Western’) world view, SECRET SURFACE  presents the work of 20+ artists and collectives including Auto ItaliaTrisha Baga, Anna Barham, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Lawrence Lek, Prem Sahib, Reena Spaulings, Philipp Timischl, Frances Stark and others, exploring “the location of experience itself, both in terms of subjectivity and towards the outer world.”

Curated by Ellen Blumenstein based on joint research with Catherine Wood, the exhibition will also include performances by artists already contributing works, as well as niv Acosta, Emily Roysdon, Patrick Staff, Cara Tolmie and more.

See the KW website for details. **

niv Acosta. Photo by Justin Fulton.
niv Acosta. Photo by Justin Fulton.
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CESURA//ACCESO Issue 2 call for submissions

19 November 2015

“Journal for Music Politics and Poetics” CESURA//ACCESO is accepting submissions for Issue 2, with its central theme ‘Corrupting Desires! Technique, Performance and Control’ with a deadline of December 1, 2015, to publish in June next year.

The ‘DIY’ non-academic journal officially launched in June 2015 with the release of Issue 1 – produced through the help of a crowdfunding campaign and featuring the likes of Sean Bonney, Anne Boyer, Matteo Pasquinelli and Lawrence Abu Hamdan among others.

CESURA//ACCESO looks to reflect on how music is made and experienced – “revealing limits, exclusions, desires, strategies, optimism and pessimism”. Submissions are open to finished material and proposals for works in progress of all forms, including essays, interviews, reviews, poetry, visual work, extending to “expressive rage, excessive simplicity, impassive speech acts”.

See the please visit the CESURA//ACCESO website for details. **

Header image: Hannah Black, ‘My Bodies’ (2014). Video still.

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