27 October to 21 November
Brenda May Gallery
"Language and the body" is the premier screening of two recent works, 'Untitled # (pregnancy)' and 'Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)'. Using self-portraiture performance video, these two HD videos draw on my experiences using and sharing language during pregnancy and with my newborn child.
'Untitled #1 (pregnancy)' responds to my experiences of strangers guessing the gender of my unborn child from the appearance of my large pregnant belly. I reenact an old wives tale I found via an online forum for pregnant women, which reveals the gender of their baby. This ritual portrays the bizarre, unscientific and (possibly) funny nature of the stranger?s comments.
'Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)' seeks to investigate the influence of language at the beginning of an infants life. Specifically, how humans learn to communicate in conversation through interactions with others before any words are spoken. Particular influence in this process and to the work itself includes researching and experiencing the origins of turn-taking in language with my son together with linguist David Crystal's ideas on the origins of turn taking in conversation.
Together these two works illustrate the development of my practice to investigate personal experiences of language on the body.
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