Town Hall Meeting of the Air

A Middlesbrough Town Hall Residency for MAW2018

Throughout August and September 2018 artist Tess Denman-Cleaver will be in residence at Middlesbrough Town Hall making a new performance for the venue. Tess will be researching the past, present and future of the Town Hall and its role in the city, creating a theatrical event to premiere at Middlesbrough Art Weekender (MAW2018) on Friday October 5th.

MAW2018 festival theme is ‘connectivity’. Crossing theatre and contemporary art Tess’ performances bring together people, ideas, materials and media to address personal and political questions of the everyday. She adopts a collage approach to making live work with diverse material, and employs experimental writing techniques to develop performance texts that respond to the histories and dynamics of particular places.

Tess’ new piece for Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Town Hall Meeting of the Air, looks at town halls as spaces of potential connectivity and as places designed to house democracy and shape communities.

As well as research into the histories and uses of Middlesbrough Town Hall, Tess is also drawing on early examples of audience participation in political radio broadcasts, and the non-hierarchical potential of Gertrude Stein’s modernist writing.

Town Hall Meeting of the Air will include poetic text, sculpture and live radio broadcasting in a performance event that explores how civic architecture, media and technology shape the language of public discourse.

Tess is working with artist Kate Liston to develop the sculptural staging of the work and Tim Shaw on the sound design.

During her residency Tess is inviting Teeside residents to a two-day drop-in workshop(Sept 7th & 8th) to write poetic agendas for a town hall meeting, create jingles for a town hall radio broadcast, and build civic spaces for the future.

Artists

Tess Denman-Cleaver

 

Tess Denman-Cleaver is a North East based artist originally from Gateshead. Her work spans live performance, performance writing, artist publication, workshops and installation.

Recent projects include; Of Bensham and the Return (Workplace Gallery, 2018 and Shipley Art Gallery, 2017), Mutualism (Hatton Gallery and Tyneside Cinema, 2018), In the waste land… and other poems (Turner Contemporary, 2018), Time Passes (St Ives, M_HKA Gallery Antwerp, Paul Melon Centre, 2017-18), Villa Stein (Audiograft Festival, 2018) and Expanded Analogue (Wilkinson Gallery, 2017).

She is currently working with artist Tim Shaw on an English Heritage commission for Autumn 2018. Between June 2018-19 Tess is artist in residence at the Sonic Arts Research Unit (Oxford). Tess was the Artistic Director of Tender Buttons theatre and performance company between 2010-18 and a programmer at The Northern Charter between 2015-2018. She has a PhD on landscape and performance philosophy.

Kate Liston

 

Kate Liston creates staged situations through sculpture, moving image and writing that make the viewer alert to their encounter with the work. Her works often repeat sound, words, image and forms to mesmeric effect – exploring the tacit and embodied means by which information gains significance, and becomes knowledge.

Notable recent projects include participation in: Women Artists of the North East Library at Workplace Gateshead (2018); Oh-Link Zone, Black Tower Projects, London (2018);The Scientific Method at The Tetley Gallery, Leeds (2016); Feminism and the Body in Performance at MART Gallery, Dublin (2015) and the solo exhibition Feel After the New See at The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2018).

Tim Shaw

 

Tim Shaw’s artistic practice is concerned with the ways people listen, specifically how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a range of techniques and technologies. He has a background in recording sound and his practice is anchored in the creative use of field recordings. He is interested in appropriating communication technologies to explore how they change the way we experience the world.

His recent work has been presented at New Ear Festival, New York (2018), History of Bosnia Museum, Sarajevo (2018), ARC, Switzerland (2018), bb15, Linz (2017), Stereolux, Nantes (2016), Baltic, Gateshead (2017), FACT Liverpool (2016), Eastern Bloc, Montreal (2016) and The Wired Lab, New South Wales, Australia (2016).

workshop

Town Hall Meeting of the Air with Middlesbrough Town Hall artist in residence Tess Denman-Cleaver

 

Two-days of drop-in workshops at Middlesbrough Town Hall invite Teesside residents to write poetic agendas for a town hall meeting, create jingles for a town hall radio broadcast, and design civic spaces for the future.

Town Hall Meeting of the Air is a project by Middlesbrough Town Hall artist in residence Tess Denman-Cleaver. It uses performance, poetry, sculpture and radio to explore how civic architecture, media and technology shape the language of public discourse. Town Hall Meeting of the Air will culminate in a new live performance to premiere at Middlesbrough Town Hall as part of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender on Friday October 5th.

Workshops are an opportunity to join Tess in imagining a town hall meeting of the air; What needs to be on the agenda? Where should we hold our meeting? What will it sound like?

Over two days Tess will share the creative writing, sound design and architectural approaches she is using to make her performance, and invite you to design your own town hall meeting of the air. Following the workshops your agendas and jingles will be displayed around the Town Hall for visitors to see and hear in the run up to Middlesbrough Art Weekender (4-7th October).

Everyone is welcome to attend the workshops; families, young people, artists and passers-by. No previous experience of making performance or doing art is necessary and you don’t need to book. Everyone who attends the workshops will receive an optional free ticket for the final performance on October 5th.

Tess Denman-Cleaver is a North East based artist originally from Gateshead. Her work spans live performance, performance writing, artist publication, workshops and installation. Town Hall Meeting of the Air is a Middlesbrough Art Weekender and Middlesbrough Council commission. It is supported by a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England.

7th & 8th September,

MTH (Crypt),

11am-5pm.

performance

Town Hall Meeting of the Air
a performance with radios by Tess Denman-Cleaver

 

Town meeting tonight! Town meeting tonight!

Middlesbrough’s inaugural Town Hall Meeting of the Air is a new performance by Town Hall artist in residence Tess Denman-Cleaver.

Town Hall Meeting of the Air combines theatre, poetry, sculpture, sound installation and live radio in an exploration of how civic architecture, media and technology shape the language of public discourse.

Written and performed by Tess and incorporating live radio broadcast, Town Hall Meeting of the Air takes the format of a town hall meeting at which audiences are invited to take their seats within a sculptural stage set designed by artist Kate Liston. The immersive sound design of the event has been developed with Tim Shaw.

Tess Denman-Cleaver is a North East based artist originally from Gateshead. Her work spans live performance, performance writing, artist publication, workshops and installation.

Town Hall Meeting of the Air is a Middlesbrough Art Weekender and Middlesbrough Council commission. It is supported by a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England.

5th October,

MTH (Crypt),

7pm.

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