Emmie McLuskey, Handwave, screenprint, 2018. Courtesy of the artist
these were the things that made the step familiar
2 Feb 2019 — 10 Mar 2019
these were the things that made the step familiar explores interactions in and between bodies, considering the systems that control and record them. The exhibition includes a series of large format digital prints, sculpture and sound work by Emmie McLuskey, poetry by Millicent A. A. Graham and a new publication, A Strange American Funeral, edited with Freya Field-Donovan.
Dancer and choreographer Rudolf Laban’s eight movement efforts – a method and language used for describing, visualising and interpreting movement – has been used as a starting point for the new work in these were the things that made the step familiar. A series of prints were developed combining Laban’s notation with British Sign Language, poetry and images, seeking to explore the different ways we learn and understand movement in language. Sculptural works informed by the formal language of dance equipment and education, form a space to sit, stand, read and listen.
A series of events, including a film screening in partnership with LUX Scotland, an in-conversation with Janice Parker, and a publication launch will take place as part of the project.
Emmie McLuskey is an artist based in Glasgow. She works with other artists to produce collaborative work; this has previously taken the form of publications, events, objects, conversations and exhibitions.
Freya Field-Donovan is a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at University College London, working on dance and technological reproduction in 1930s America.
Millicent A. A. Graham is a poet living in Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collections The Damp in Things and The Way Home both published by Peepal Tree Press. Her work has been featured in Bearing Witness II, BIM, Callaloo, Caribbean Writer, City Lighthouse, the Jamaica Journal, and So Much Things to Say: 100 Calabash Poets.
Janice Parker is an award-winning independent choreographer and dance-maker. She creates performance, devises and facilitates performance-based projects, is active in dance development, regularly teaches and collaborates with people of all ages and abilities, mentors professional dance artists and organisations, occasionally writes about dance, and performs.
Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. 2018-19 participants are: Helen McCrorie, Emmie McLuskey, Kimberley O’Neill and Katie Shannon.