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Interruptions: Louise Adkins

Notes for a Performance - (Re) visioning a Smoky Meeting


This performance is the culmination of a residency at the Tetley Centre for Contemporary Art in Leeds (2018). Working with the Tetley's industrial archive the performance is concerned with imagining the past and how cinematic language informs our understanding of it. Smoke and smoking featured heavily within the photographic archive, in meetings, visits, portraits and numerous social event and this performance utilises cigarette smoke and smoking (a historical anachronism used in cinema) as a material trope of the past.

6pm - 7.30pm

*Please note that this performance will involve the use of a haze machine and theatrical smoke. (duration: 25 minutes)

Louise Adkins is an artist living and working in Manchester (UK) and a senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art. Her practice predominately features performance, text, drawing and film. Her work investigates the relationship between cultural and historic narrative. It is concerned with recent histories and collective memory and the documentation of momentous events. She often works with collections, archives, libraries and heritage sites and is interested in the performative possibilities of these sites and histories and the narrative potential inherent in re-visioning them.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including, 'Notes for a Performance - (Re) Visioning a Smokey Meeting', The Tetley Leeds and Temple Bar Gallery Dublin, ‘Follow’ FACT, Liverpool, 'Between - Material Balance’, Corner House (HOME) Manchester, ‘Pressure Point: Between Tracks’, Badhaus, St Gallen, Switzerland, 'Seamless, The Digital in Design’ Museum of Architecture & Design, Ljubljana Slovenia and ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’, Arsenal Gallery, Poland to name a few. In 2016 she was awarded the Amanda Burton scholarship from the University of Leeds to work on a practice based research project titled: ‘Between Art and Re enactment - historical representation, the actual and the possible’ in the School of Fine Art, Art History and Cultural Studies.

Part of the Interruptions programme of free events provided by the Holden Gallery.