Recent commissions include an untitled performance for New Media Scotland at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011 exploring themes of feminine and queer identity, employing works by Comme des Garcons and re-enactments of sequences from the video artist Ryan Trecartin; a new performance-based short film, Linda Fratianne, for CCA, Glasgow, based on a short story by Elfriede Jelinek and Anima, an exhibition of work by Rosemarie Trockel; a solo show, Levez Vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennas to Heaven, for The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh and writing for Darren Banks' solo show Backwater at Fishmarket Gallery, Nottingham, for Cornerhouse, Manchester on Kai-Oi Jay Yung, and on Rosemarie Trockel at Talbot Rice Gallery and Kate V Robertson at Creative Lab, CCA, both for The Skinny. I was selected to present a new screening installation for The Briggait, following an international call for moving image work, based on Marcel Duchamp's Belle Helaine perfume edition.
I was, during 2010, a programme development associate artist at Edinburgh International Festival, developing new performance works, writing and sound pieces in response to themes of Postcolonialism and the works of The Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service, and the new media artist Candice Breitz; alongside this I developed a research strategy for a new body of performance-based works funded by Scottish Arts Council, which included performances, screenings, spoken-word recitals, rehearsed readings and a number of printed editions using a variety of manipulated and referenced texts and performances including Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Trisha Donnelly's The Line, Elevator Repair Service's theatrical version of The Great Gatsby, and a zine, Neon John, using an alter-ego to develop new collaborations with artists Luke Collins, Michelle Hannah, Cliff Hengst, Shona Macnaughton and Janie Nicoll. These editions have been distributed internationally and featured in a number of artists printed matter and zine events and exhibitions. In addition I have collaborated with Sally Hobson, theatre director, on two performance works for Arches Live, 2009 and a rehearsed reading of a new script, developed and funded by Creative Scotland at The Arches, December 2010.
My practice, which is predominately performance and video-based, but has recently extended to print-making and sculpture, scrutinizes through forms of appropriation and postproduction specifically selected pre-existing materials, often as the result of writing about those materials. These pre-existing materials are normally works that investigate gender, behaviour, memory, identity and status, these works also often collage or juxtapose multiple sources in their origination and most recently have investigated artwork made by female artists, which includes Isa Genzken, Catherine Sullivan, Trisha Donnelly, Elizabeth le Compte, Joan Jonas among others. I work with imitation: inhabiting the processes of another, improvisation, re-enactment, and the synchronization of different often abrasive materials, authorship, research and collage and employ constant re-editing, manipulating and re-arranging to look at the construction and establishment of identity, meaning, memory and knowledge.
In 2010 I was nominated for a Vital Spark award, short-listed for the SAC Banff residency and in 2011, the Margaret Tait Film award.
Video art by Alex Hetherington