Webb-Ellis & Grace Lockrobin in conversation

Since late 2018, artist duo Webb-Ellis have been working with secondary school students at Northfleet Technology College and Northfleet School for Girls, collectively re-imagining ways of being and learning together through the methods of philosophical enquiry, radical listening, dance, movement, and film making. The artists envision these workshops as a form of living research, and the ideas and material created in collaboration with students will build into a new film installation.

To inform their approach to the sessions, Webb-Ellis have been speaking regularly with Grace Lockrobin, a philosophy practitioner, academic, writer, trainer and consultant who has spent all of her working life exploring the good philosophy can do in the educational lives of children and adults. This post transcribes a conversation between them that took place at the end of 2019.

Nicole Bachmann in conversation with Keira Greene

Nicole Bachmann is an artist working across video, text, sound and performance. Her work explores how the voice and movement can be activated by the individual to make oneself heard and used as an agent for social and political change.

This conversation, between Nicole and Whitstable Biennale performance curator and artist Keira Greene, took place on 19 November 2019 shortly after Nicole’s performance Or what is (variations) at Mimosa House. The recording includes audio extracted from Or what is (variations) and features Jia-Yu Corti, Patricia Langa and Legion Seven. (30m41s)

A written transcription of the interview is available for hard of hearing people.

Undone in the face: Anna Barham in conversation with Keira Greene

Anna Barham’s artwork uses video, text, print, installation and live events to set up relationships between human and non-human others. Exposing language to different bodies, forms and technologies, she creates complex feedback loops in which we witness – and contribute to – the production, erosion and modification of meaning.

Listen to Anna’s reading of Undone in the face, a new work produced for Whitstable Biennale’s Journal from material she generated during a residency at St John’s College Oxford in Spring 2019 . The recording is followed by a conversation with Whitstable Biennale performance curator Keira Greene, in which Anna describes her work with reading groups and voice recognition software, as well as the ideas and texts informing her work. (42m18s)

A written transcription of the interview is available for hard of hearing people.

Image of conversation. courtesy of Keira Greene & Florence Peake 2018

A Work-In-Conversation by Florence Peake, a Studio Visit with Keira Greene

Whitstable Biennale Performance Curator Keira Greene met with artist Florence Peake to discuss Florence’s practice in situ at her studio. The conversation moved fluidly between Florence’s collaboration with dance artists and her relationship to scoring and improvisation. View a transcript of parts of the conversation, written by Keira, with the text annotated and drawn into by Florence.

Creaking Breeze Trio in conversation with Keira Greene

As a part of Whitstable Biennale 2018, on 10 June, between 4:17pm and 5:17pm The Creaking Breeze Trio performed their new composition Slack Fulcrum Twelfths (Green Vitriol) on The Street, a spit of shingle projecting into the sea at Whitstable. Here the trio are joined in conversation by Whitstable Biennale 2018 performance curator Keira Greene to discuss the composition, which was guided by a series of letters about an imaginary band described in Nathaniel Mackey’s ongoing experimental fiction project From A Broken Bottle Traces Of Perfume Still Emanate. (58m24s)

Neil Henderson: Tidal Island (production still courtesy of the artist)

Interview with Neil Henderson

by Emma Leach

Neil Henderson’s work has encompassed multiple projector pieces, experiments with the materiality of film and photography, and films about landscape. His work has been shown at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Anthology Film Archives, New York and Modern Art Oxford. He talks to Whitstable Biennale 2014 performance curator Emma Leach about Tidal Island, his work for the festival.