WHAT MATTER | performance

A new performance on themes of work, resistance and an embarrassed longing for things soft.

Filmed at Kings Place, October 7 2016. Duration 16’25”.

Commissioned by Hubbub as part of its exploration of rest and its opposites, a research project hosted by the Hub at Wellcome Collection.

It made me want to tie things together, things from my house.

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plots and improvised doorways | printroom, rotterdam, 18/02/17

Holly Pester and Emma Bennett and PrintRoom present afternoon of willful tales linking archive fragments, body parts and furniture.

From 5 – 8 pm at PrintRoom, Rotterdam.

 

Performance afternoon staged alongside our work as guest tutors at “Speech Commands”, a writing programme at Piet Zwart, hosted by Kate Briggs and Steve Rushton.

Excellent Moth Eat Poetry | Word Gulch | Curve Gallery, Barbican | 24/11/16

Emma has big bathtubs as eyes. Holly makes bikini bread. The Basset Hound is coming along. Excellent Moth Eats Poetry makes sites of flourishing rackets and companionship. It performs friendship as a co-hallucinatory technology, realised in shared images, intuitions, jokes and ventriloquisms.

A play with statues by Holly Pester and Emma Bennett.

Presented a Word Gulch, a night of performances with Sian Robinson Davies, Mr. Ferris, Reet Maff’l and hosted by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau.

Part of Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch.

WE ARE | Voices of Urgency at FIAC | Paris | 22/10/15

WE ARE | a short play by Holly Pester and Emma Bennett

Introduced by the inimitable Alex Cecchetti. Followed by a reading from the wonderful Dorothea Lasky.

Filmed at the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 22nd October 2015 for Voices of Urgency, a cycle of seminars and discussions relating to poetry and the social sciences. Presented by FIAC, in association with the École nationale supérieur des beaux-arts de Paris and the Maison de la Poésie. Devised and orchestrated by Alex Cecchetti, Voices of Urgency invites the public to four events where poetry lies at the heart of the discussion, in direct confrontation with art and other forms of contemporary thought.

For this night, we were asked to talk and write around the phrase ‘we are’, so we wrote a short play about ethics, comedy and female friendship.

VIRGIL’S BIRTHDAY | Poetry, Performance and Speech | X Marks the Bokship | 15/10/15

I’ll be performing a new thing, voice thing, shouting etc., at this –

Emma Bennett

Shiv Kotecha

Becky La M’eh’rr

& introduction and guidance from Holly Pester

Thursday 15th October 2015, 7-9pm
at X Marks the Bökship

A poet never before hosted in the UK, a travelling artist who may not be fully named, and a performer fresh from a 24hour journey. Join us in celebrating the comedy of their spoken words and their divine proximity.

Shiv Kotecha is a New York poet and the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books 2015), OUTFITS (Troll Thread, 2012) and PAINT THE ROCK (Troll Thread, 2011). Other work can be found at Gauss PDF and elsewhere online. He completes tasks for Collective Task and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at NYU. Instagram @heyguyhere

Emma Bennett is a performance artist and theorist of (stand-up)comedy, and researching for a PhD in Performance Studies at Queen Mary’s, University of London. She has presented her textual, video and performance work in a variety of contexts across the UK and Europe.

Becky La M’eh’rr is an artist and writer currently based in a small Canadian town. She has published and performed her texts and left piles of her books in Berlin, China, London, New York, Vancouver, Vienna, and probably a few other places that she’s forgotten either through deliberate effort or error.

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.