20th April 2012, 11:52am
University of Lincoln artists in New York
Oral/Response Two University of Lincoln academics are currently artists in residence at the Grace Exhibition space in New York - and now you can follow their progress on their blog.

Senior Lecturers at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, Angela Bartram and Mary O’Neill, are using the space to develop their work, Oral/Response, which they performed at this year’s Bristol Live Open Platform (BLOP) festival at the Arnolfini earlier this year. The duo are documenting their New York progress with daily images and words at: http://alturl.com/dwd8g

Angela Bartram and Mary O’Neill - a collaborative partnership whose work centres on the documentation of performance through situated writing – are developing their work, which incorporates the simultaneous textual documentation of performed actions and is as live as the performance itself, developing in each performance and incorporating elements that emerge in response to each site.

The text acts as a mirror that tells the story as it unfolds, and the sounds generated during the work’s duration help formulate a memory of its process.

The work's reflexivity relies on the observation of each other’s movements and decisions throughout. With no time to reflect, to square up a shot or rephrase a sentence after the event, the integral nature of the work’s document is exposed to complication and chance; it becomes as influential as the action it is intended to record.

Visually the work involves Bartram crushing a stick of white chalk with a pestle and mortar, pinching the ground dust into a pile on the floor, inhaling, exhaling and blowing the dust across the floor. The process is then repeated through a grading spectrum of black to white charcoal. O'Neill kneels facing Bartram and writes in matching tones on the floor a record of what is taking place before her. They work in synch and in rhythm: one creates a physical action that the other interprets in words scrawled on the floor.
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