Some Place of Avoiding an Animal | South London Gallery

“In rooms texts change; bodies and machines perform because rules are decided and broken

Rules are broken not language. Shifting things cannot be broken.

It is I is We is Amorphous
Amorphous is We is I is It 

These texts are not voices they are scripts.”

 Published by the South London Gallery on the occasion of Dorine van Meel’s residency and exhibition, Between the Dog and the Wolf, 15 April – 14 June 2015, Some Place of Avoiding an Animal is a collaboration between artists and writers: J. A. Harrington, Emma Bennett, Jesse Darling, Susanna Davies-Crook, Kati Kärki, Dorine van Meel, Claire Potter and Erica Scourti.

Initiated by a series of writing workshops led by guest artists Pil and Galia, Melissa Gordon and M. Dean, the writing was informed by a number of exercises which were formulated during the course of the project. Starting with the wish to articulate their subjective positions through writing, the authors exchanged their own sentences amongst each other, thereby creating an ever more complex composition of merging voices, which challenged the idea of a simple, coherent and fixed subject. The final exercise comprised an evening of performative readings by the contributors at the SLG.

Published in an edition of 250, there are seven different covers available each with a text created by one of the contributors.

If you would like to receive a particular cover please contact the SLG bookshop on 020 7703 6120 or ISBN: 978-1-898461-49-4, soft back, 57 pages.

The publication is designed by Rogier Delfos and has been commissioned by the South London Gallery as part of the Nina Stewart Artist Residency of which Dorine van Meel is the fourth recipient.


Background Noise – performance at Aural Lighthouses | Santozeum Museum, Santorini | 18-23 May 2015

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Background Noise – beside ourselves with our beating hearts

A performance created in collaboration with Ella Finer, Flora Pitrolo and Robert Jack created for Aural Lighthouses at Santozeum Museum, Santorini.

Curated by Ileana Drinovan-Nomikos, the event hosts artists and scholars from around the world including Greece, United States, India,United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Italy.

Sound artists and atmospheric scientists are brought together to evoke the emotional, affective and visceral responses of sound and frequency, and their effect beyond what scientifically manifests in graphs and images.

We played records and sounded-out disasters both fictional and half-fictional on a hell of a windy rooftop at night.