Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Harriet Poole - (in)visible exchange: One-to-one performative event and installation

Bored of the static flat photograph, I play with the participatory intimacy and true magic of the process and act of photography. I create events that share stories as a dual narrative with subverting the conventional processes of high and low tech lens and time based media practice. I combine the temporal nature of performance with the temporal nature of photography, excavating the whole process of making a performance or happening alongside the process of image making. I explore persona, presence and narrative through intimate encounters, especially responding to site in playing with the everyday social rituals and non-verbal modes of communication in pausing on a moment. I may create with participants photograms of the contents of their pocket or projections of the world outside, grabbing the developing image out of the tray or snatch the image off the wall to misbehave physically performatively into a moment sharing the small print, formalities or eccentricities in life.

I can often be found hatching bonkers projects in ways of sharing secrets generally hanging around in staged darkrooms I create inside such places as offices, closets, sheds, dens, bathrooms, living rooms, in galleries, clubs, derelict warehouses, foyers, basements, parked cars.

Recent work includes the following: (in)visible exchange, EEC 2008 at QMUL, The Darkroom, Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, (in)visible exchange, Approaches to What? at The Nunnery, shed, at Wimbledon College of Art MA show, (in)visible exchange, Kiss Me Miss at Rag Factory, den Not a F******* Art Show, Trinity Buoy Wharf.

(in)visible exchange will also be part of SPRINT festival at Camden People’s Theatre, June 2009.


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