Both things are true is a short film and zine by Grace Denton and Competition which looks at artifice and the manufacture of perception.
In a more abstract sense it hopes to explore a discursive approach [to culture] which subtly moves away from rigid either/or narratives and towards something else. Towards a space which allows [enables?] opposing ideas to exist simultaneously side by side + where the understanding of one does not (necessarily) negate the understanding or meaning of the other.
In the regard it seems important that the work exist in multiple mediums - as a film + a zine, as a projection on a wall + an upload on vimeo, as a handmade object + a .pdf - to be experienced independently, together, or not at all.
Flare 2 14 May 2016 Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne
There Were Islands MFA Performance Event 16 June, 2016 Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
A series of performances, inspired by my own distance from my English Literature dissertation. Written in 2009, it was seemingly unread by its supervisor. The piece explores neglect, and the line between self-flagellation and self-protection.
All photos courtesy of Craig Pollard.
April 2016, Baltic 39 Performance with Tim Croft
YOU KNOW THE RULES Interim MFA show 21-24 Jan 2016, Baltic 39
An installation and performance using plants and a fridge from around the Baltic 39 MFA & PHD studios. Exploring group responsibility, neglect, self-flaggelation and my own domestic inadequacy.
The performance, which rendered the fridge usable, lasted around 17 minutes and was broadcast on periscope.
Documentation photos courtesy of Alex Harmon.
Made Itself Felt
Video exploring forced emotion, voice, communication and my fixation with REM's Shiny Happy People
Six performances gradually appear on screen, each more intensely happy than the last, each more out of sync with the music.
420 x 490mm 160gsm paper, ink, adhesive film October 2015
An effort to make a piece of paper imitate an oilskin tablecloth. Exploring artifice and the futility of attempting replication. This fragile, partially water-proof fabric may be used as if it is robust and protective within a performance at a later date.
The comic sans flavoured print was designed as a stripped down 'happy birthday', isolating the manufacture of emotion.
Shown in November 2015 as part of RE:fold at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Each paper piece folded down to the dimensions of an OS map in order to be carried from Northumbria to Taiwan.
The year of the clown
November 2015 Baltic 39, Newcastle
A presentation without content. The start of a clownish conversation with my own practice and the art world. Performing the learning process I went through to find my place within contemporary art.
With thanks to Jodie Marks for the use of her postcards as 'notes'.
the female, the uncanny
video, photographs, research documentation, plants, ephemera June 2015, Leeds College of Art
The working space presented in this exhibition reflects continued research into artifice and being a woman. The desk and its contents were free to be handled and read.
The collaboration with Audrey Marvel (Grace's grandmother) in making the film and producing documentation was a factor that both enriched and complicated the process. The work presented here is as much about that process as the outcome. A conversation still underway.
With many thanks to Audrey Marvel, Sue Marvel, Roy Denton, Jenn Jordan and Andrew Stephenson.
An ongoing photo diary and observational exercise. Started April 2013.
The first exploration into the traces left by the performance of gender.
With thanks to Ben Owen
Recorded as part of a sound-making workshop for children and families, each moving image here adds to a cacophony of colour, performance, personality and haywire sound. Demonstrating hand-made instruments each child approaches the microphone with encouragement and sometimes discouragement from onlooking adults only half seen. The spliced sequences form their own chaotic patterns and synchronous moments.
in association with Benjamin Owen, Michael Sims and Arnolfini.
Still Lifes was my first collection of photographs.
After six years of shooting 35mm as a compulsion or way of processing the world around me, I noticed I was repeatedly drawn to still moments, and to objects placed naturally in tableaux.
In June 2014 I presented six A1 prints in Cafe Kino, Bristol, and a printed publication.
The book is still available to buy from Good Press, Glasgow. Large prints can also be requested, please email for details.
Videos I have made for other people's bands.
T-Shirt Weather - Gum
I made this video as a collaboration with Andrew Stephenson, who had been fascinated by the capacity of his lungs, and wanted to push himself to the very limits.
When I was asked by Ellis (Trust Fund) to make this video I decided to put the song into the charge of loads of amazing women who I met/saw in the north of England over two weeks in June 2015.
I’m really interested in how a song can be altered when you experience it through a different person or situation. I first noticed this when I heard the Roy Orbison version of “I Drove All Night” which I had previously only heard by Cindi Lauper. I want to see if the tone or meaning of the song changes when the gender of the person presenting it is different.
I wanted the character of each person to come through, so I didn’t direct them to lip sync in any particular way - I really love the mixture of responses. I’m so grateful to everyone involved.
With thanks to Anne-Marie Atkinson, Asmaa, Cherry Styles, Daniela John-Charles, Esther Gamsu, Flis Mitchell, F. Norton, Hannah Williams Walton, Ingrid Francis, Isobel Harrop, Jenn Jordan, Jo Kimber, Jodie Marks, Julia Bear, K Tapply, Kate Rosanne Johnson, Mavis Boampong, Melissa J-C, Saffa Kahn, Sammaneh Poursh, Sue Marvel and Winnie Bear. To Andrew Stephenson, Devin O'Leary, Leeds College of Art and Northwest Zinefest.
The Nervy Betters - Medlar & Lud's Church
I filmed the footage for this video in Zurich in April 2014, on my phone. I then put it to these two songs by The Nervy Betters. Love those guys.