june 2018

21jun09:3010:00Finer, Orley, Skantze - A Methodology of Locks: the politics of fluid poetics09:30 - 10:00 F: Other location

Event Details

Ella Finer, Emily Orley, PA Skantze – A Methodology of Locks: the politics of fluid poetics

Broadcast on Soundart Radio 102.5fm and on soundartradio.org.uk  TIME TBC

An intervention sounding out our book chapter, written as score for three voices between 2010 and 2015 (Poetic Biopolitics, IB Tauris, 2015), this broadcast is an experimental reading in which three concurrent streams of thought/action respond to Luce Irigaray’s ‘The “Mechanics” of Fluids’ (1974).

As an evolution of our performance and installation, A Methodology of Locks (UCL, 2010), the essay we are performing again “on air” explores the mechanics of fluids in a non-fluid form. A typographical installation (a canal lock in writing), the essay acts both as a document of a past performance and an annotated script for future readings and iterations. For Liquidscapes we want to return to the promise of this chapter as future score and ask again, out loud, what a politics of fluid poetics sounds like, and why this matters with ever more urgency now, seven years on from our initial composing of the work.

We will perform the three streams of the essay to form a fragmented but coherent exploration of the mechanics of fluids: seeking to foreground what Irigaray articulates in her chapter on fluids, fluid because it moves and pauses, full of stops and starts, like the stages of a canal lock, which holds water and releases it in sequence. What Irigaray communicates is tangible. A matter of progression, endurance and solidarity; of open exchanges where there are stages for waiting and stages for forging ahead.



Ella Finer’s work explores acoustic subjectivities in performance: how sound constructs and deconstructs identities. Her current project, Other Dimensions: Female Voice and the Politics of Space 1970-2020, considers a ‘politics of resonance’: how female bodies acoustically disrupt, challenge or change the order of who is allowed to occupy – command – space. Other current projects include: Selector Responder: Sounding Out the Archives at the British Library (Dec, 2017) and the Sound Politics Network. She is Lecturer in Drama at QMUL and adjunct professor of Performance Studies at Syracuse, London.

Emily Orley, Senior Lecturer, Roehampton University http://www.emilyorley.com

PA Skantze, Reader, Roehmapton University https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/p- a-skantze(37053aa1-2cde-4209-bebf- 8464ebe76bd6).html



(Thursday) 09:30 - 10:00


F: Other location

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN