“We can still see the horizon
(and it’s curved)”
For 2020, Hospitalfield is changing the structure of the Summer Residency and has invited Will Holder and Paul Abbott to select, lead and participate in the residency programme. This will test a new model bringing practitioners in, to initiate ideas that emerge from their work. This year the programme is open to artists working across disciplines, and offers a little more structure and learning prepared within it.
This residency engages with writing as the integrating aspect of all practices, scoring, pre- and de-scribing co-production with others. Art nor writing have never been isolated practices, nor should they be promiscuous. Art and writing are proposed as separate, but inhabiting the same space where all material aspects are read and written with equal consideration. Like a quiet, ongoing, open, material conversation with a loved one, this is predominantly non-verbal and private. We are concerned with how these aspects might transfer, in public, with others, back and forth, onto and off the page.
Residents are asked to bring existing work to the table, prepared for conversation with other “friendly experiencers.”* Residents are not assumed to be writers, but artists, dancers, musicians, etc., acknowledging that we all communicate, all the time – maintaining relations outside of professionalised protocols – in ways most appropriate to our rehearsed skills. During this residency, no distinction is made between communication and practise.
“Friendly experiencers” is a term coined by composer Anthony Braxton, to specify the audience. This residency will be predominantly music-led, and score-based. Will Holder and Paul Abbott are currently editing a reader, as score for the residency: “F.R.DAVID – Very good*”. (including Anthony Braxton, Bernadette Mayer, Eliane Radigue, Wilson Harris, Ian White, Judith Butler, Cecil Taylor [image] and others).