DIRT is an online broadcasting platform that facilitates live work, peer critique and collaboration. Housed in a London office space after-hours, DIRT’s performative events rely on digital broadcasting to connect with an audience.
Formed by a group of artists from the Royal College of Art, DIRT generates quarterly broadcast events featuring invited artists, curators, writers and other people of interest.
DIRT collective is currently coordinated by Meg Ferguson, Maito Jobbe-Duval, Kineret Lourie, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Helen Michael and Susannah Stark.
Art Licks Weekend
As part of Art Licks Weekend DIRT will curate It’s not the digging, it’s the dirt; a series of live and pre-recorded events broadcast from a solicitors’ office in Islington.
The performances, talks and discussions staged will explore the relationship between performance and digital broadcast, and its way of addressing the inherent difficulties of capturing and communicating the immediacy of thoughts and intensities.
With no inside-office entry, the work will be accessed via an online stream and screens placed on the façade of the building. A closed, short-range network will allow site visitors to download additional material.
Tune in to hear academic Keir Wotherspoon discussing the history of broadcast in relation to digital networks, watch Anne De Boer’s bot-generated narratives probe technology’s capacity to elevate the human figure, ask Helen Michael to solve your problems in her live quasi-legal advice column and stretch out to heavy metal with the online Doom Yoga class.
Participating artists and contributors
The little man that at first didn’t seem to have a name, but in the end was simply called Edward is an educational tale about a man who loses his own name, but who, through perseverance and the help of his bicycle repair man, manages to find it.
Anne de Boer
Anne de Boer will present another installation of ECKS-EN-IS. This organism harvests and collects content from various sources which is then re-arranged and displayed to generate a re/deformed narrative. A large part of this database is stored and archived on ecksenis.net on which previous narratives are accessible for the viewer and ECKS-EN-IS itself. The physical installation acts as a place to display as well as a device to harvest part of that content.
Hovering between what is thought and what is felt, Meg Ferguson uses moving image, text and performance to navigate how stories construct the self. From billboard posters to poetic forms, YouTube tutorials to cryogenically frozen heads, representations are turned into symbols of their own performance.
Peter Glasgow presents three short talks exploring various filmic, financial, personal and social economies. These include a spectrum of popular culture from The Great Escape to Lizard Lick Towing, more than a bit of help from psychoanalyst Darian Leader and some business ethos from the former CEO of Enron. They’re all used to formulate ideas around making, and the myriad of materials, spaces, activities and drives that go with it.
Maïto Jobbé Duval
Maïto Jobbé Duval’s video and print based work exploits the aesthetics of intimacy and ponders the incidental with a heightened awareness. Her structural approach to video editing purposely problematises ideas of subjectivity, enunciation and desire. Through her use of the autobiographical she reflects on the romanticism of retelling which ultimately acts a means to explore the need for validation of existence.
Kineret Lourie’s work operates in the space between moving image, sound and drawing, pulling its resources from original and found materials such as new media, absurdist texts, music practice and American cinema. Interested in the immanent, sometimes ridiculous clash between romanticism and the absurd, she wishes to tease out human gestures to the point in which they manifest their own thresholds, ironically questioning notions of ambition, desire and breakdown.
Speculative Beaching #3 returns with a conversation between Alain Pottage and Lou-Atessa Marcellin. Paced by musical disruptions in the hypothetical scenario of a desert island, Alain Pottage and Lou-Atessa Marcellin will engage in a dialogue around the patent of plants and the work relationship between ‘Man’ and ‘Nature’.
There are relationships tying concept, language, sound and emotions. Nothing Soothing for Half an Hour is a radio show that plays on the paradoxical spins occurring when these relationships are played with. It’s a late night tour through the void, a softly spoken audioguide for the most complex yet meaningless subject.
Operating at the intersection of several discourses, Advice Column adopts the language of law to answer participants’ enquiries online. Drawing on multiple and differing resources Helen Michael will make herself available to answer these enquiries at set times throughout the day.
In line with the idea of thinking-through-making and the consequent perspective this entails, Luli Perez will be filming with cameras like we would be playing violins, editing footage like djing sound — a video symphony of recursive instants that interfere with recent moments, an experiment of positions and distances folding onto themselves; a visual song.
DOOMYinYoga is a slow vinyasa based yoga practice soundtracked by Doom metal music. Yin focused postures are balanced with the Yang energy of the music.
Named after the 1950’s courtroom drama, 12 Angry Men is a work in two parts. Firstly, a PVC banner which hangs from the rail at the top of the building. The banner states ‘Life is in their hands - Death is on their minds!’ – the tagline used in the original advertising of the film. The second part, accessible only through the short-range website at the office, consists of three downloadable jpegs to be used as a smartphone homescreen that feature moralistic quotes taken from the dialogue in the original film. The two parts explore, in their distinct locations, the idea of law as a set of moral and mechanical constructs and the way in which our image of their inner workings is fuelled by its depiction in dramas on screen.
Emma Jane Whitton
A broadcast of fragments of footage filmed in an area of the internal space of the building. Disembodied tongues will interact with and be animated by instruments, technology and the architecture of the space (fans, speakers, screens, audio equipment etc.) By considering ways in which systems of communication disrupt the physicality of the body, silence voice and code communication, the interactions will perform interruptions, aggravations and sensual moments between flesh and machine.
A London-based historian of media, society and culture, Keir Wotherspoon is completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne investigating the social and media movements of the United States in the 1960s, and working as a research officer at La Trobe University, Melbourne on a historical study of the Christian Right’s sexual politics.
O’ Radio is a spoken word broadcast and interactive webpage that is all about slowing down, peeling away words on the surface: the language of advertisement, spam, media and public manipulation, telesales and broadcasting, highlighting the flow of things - language - traded in a capitalist marketplace, inviting people to look beyond the constraints of the work and the language that is presented to them’.
Design and development by Kia Tasbihgou