Choreographer and artist Cally Spooner shares her fascination with language, politics, and philosophy and how societies’ orders and regimes are reflected in her work. She will elaborate on how subjectivity and its bodies are shaped by technological and performative conditions, where language undergoes damage. Together with her collaborators Maggie Segale and Jesper List Thomsen, they will discuss OFFSHORE, a philosophy school for embodied knowledge, its diverse aspects, forms, and the concept of the laboratory.
Moderated by Magdalena Magiera, Curator, Outreach & Education, NTU CCA Singapore
Maggie Segale (United States) is a dancer, artist, and teacher with a focus on performing and interdisciplinary, collaborative work. She graduated from the Juilliard School, where she received multiple awards and fellowships including the 2014 Entrepreneurship Fellowship for her writing on self-image and dance. Segale works with Helen Simoneau Danse, Bryan Arias, and artist Cally Spooner, having collaborated with A24 Films, Center for Innovation in the Arts, Roya Carreras in the upcoming Pussy Riot music video, composer Zubin Hensler, and Matilda Sakamoto. Segale choreographed the opera Role of Reason at the Interarts Festival 2018, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (2016).
Cally Spooner’s (United Kingdom/Greece) spatialisations are continuously evolving in accordance to temporal contexts to render society’s orders and social regimes visible. Her projects look at “language-making” and alternative compositions of communication and movement in today’s context, where speech and attention are automated, the body is hired technology, and subjectivity and communication are consistently outsourced. Addressing the damage chrono-normativity can cause, she works with duration and rehearsals as alternative spaces. Appropriating and referencing genres such as the musical, the novel, or the radio play, Spooner builds a new sonic, literary, and living language to trigger public reaction towards the rapidly changing digital communication and how our understanding of the world changes along. Spooner’s work has been widely exhibited since 2008. Recent solo shows include Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2018); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); New Museum, New York (2016); and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016). Recent group shows include Serpentine Gallery, London (2017) and the Geneva Moving Image Biennial (2016–17). Upcoming shows include Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2018); Swiss Institute, New York (2018); and Art Institute Chicago (2019). Spooner’s book Scripts was published by Slimvolume in 2016, and her novel Collapsing In Parts was published by Mousse in 2012.
Jesper List Thomsen (Denmark/United Kingdom/Greece) is an artist and writer. Recent exhibitions and performances include Hollis and Money, ICA, London and Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart; Speak Through You, Hot Wheels Projects, Athens; A Social Body Event, Serpentine Gallery, London; Micro-Composition, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam; The body, the body, the tongue, Reading International; Hand and Mind, Grand Union, Birmingham; The boys the girls and the political, Lisson Gallery, London; and One Hour Exhibition, South London Gallery, London. A book-length collection of his texts will be published in Autumn 2018 by Juan de la Cosa (John of the Thing). He is also a part of the artist collective Am Nuden Da.
Magdalena Magiera (Germany/Singapore) is Curator, Outreach & Education at NTU CCA Singapore. She was an independent curator, Managing Editor of frieze d/e, and currently Editor of mono.kultur, a quarterly interview magazine. She co-curated Based in Berlin (2011) as well as exhibitions for The Building and SPLACE in Berlin. Magiera was Project Manager of The Maybe Education and Other Programs at dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012) and UNITEDNATIONSPLAZA, Berlin (2006–08). Prior to joining NTU CCA Singapore, she worked for e-flux exhibitions and public programmes in New York City.
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Image caption: Cally Spooner, OFFSHORE in Kingston, 2018. Courtesy the artist.