Gathering #9 - Kate Pickering and Rowena Harris - Writing for Practice Forum

Forum #8 - Nina Wakeford with Karl Baker

Writing for Practice Forum

Gathering #9 - ongoing

The Writing for Practice Forum is based in the Mountain of Art Research (MARs) at Goldsmiths College, is organised by artists and researchers Kate Pickering and Rowena Harris, and supported by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership. The forum is a peer led discursive space to gain valuable feedback on imaginative or experimental approaches with text-based material. It is open to all researchers within Goldsmiths, other CHASE institutions and beyond as either presenting writers or discussion participants, and requires no prior knowledge or preparation, other than an interest in developing a deeper understanding of writing as part of practice based research.

Prior to each forum, the presenting writer chooses an excerpt of their own writing, alongside another short text by a related author as a frame of reference for the discussion. The researcher has the opportunity to invite a guest respondent to participate in the forum. Texts are available online beforehand, but pre-reading is not mandatory; we read the texts aloud at the beginning of the discussion. Researchers can attend as many or as few of the forums as their commitments allow, but are required to sign up for the session in advance.


MARs seminar room,
Art Research Building,
43 Lewisham Way,
SE14 6QD
Goldsmiths College, University of London.


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Rowena Harris - r.harris (at)


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Forum #9 - Erica Scourti with Georgina Colby
Thursday 3rd October 2019, 7 – 9pm

Artist, writer and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Erica Scourti will present an excerpt of a recent performance which draws on transcripts of video diaries, alongside a text by author Eleni Stecopoulos on Somatics. Dr. Georgina Colby, Senior Lecturer in English and the Course Leader for the MA in English Literature at the University of Westminster, joins us in discussion.

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Erica Scourti is an artist and writer, born in Athens and now based in London and Athens. Embracing contingency, humour and lo-fi media, her work explores autobiographical writing and bodily inscription in the performance and representation of subjectivity. Solo shows include Chief Complaint at Almanac, London and Spill Sections at StudioRCA (both 2018); group shows include the High Line, New York, Wellcome Collection, Kunsthalle Wien, Hayward Gallery, EMST Athens. Her writing has been published in Spells (Ignota Press, 2018) and Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017) and she is guest editor of the Happy Hypocrite journal (2019). –

Georgina Colby is the author of Kathy Acker: Writing the Impossible (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), the editor of Reading Experimental Writing (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2020), and has published widely in the field of modern and contemporary avant-garde writing and feminisms. She leads the BA/Leverhulme project Feminist Representations and is the Founder and Director of S A L O N - LONDON. She is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. –


Forum #10 - Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh with respondent announced shortly
Monday 28th October 2019, 7 – 9pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh presents some excerpts of texts that address issues of post conflict/intergenerational trauma and carceral conditioning. The texts reference a horse whisperer, her approach to communing with animals and how kinship might be applied to trauma, post-conflict, post-colonial legacy in Ireland. Artist, writer and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Goldsmiths) Marion Coutts joins us in discussion.

Link to texts will be available shortly

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh is an interdisciplinary visual artist with an interest in materiality, in particular the intersections between material and immaterial processes. Ciarán is a PhD researcher in the art department at Goldsmiths. His research explores complexities inherent within post conflict trauma and is interested in intergenerational trauma and how it manifests. As part of his research Ó Dochartaigh has an ongoing research relationship with a family of donkeys and African land snails, exploring interspecies relationships and kinship. –

Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She works with a range of material forms: sculpture, digital video, drawing and photography. Her practice is concerned with the physicality of the image; artwork and personal encounter; slippage and loss. Her first book, The Iceberg won the Wellcome Book Prize, 2015. She is currently a Senior Lecturer on BA Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths. She has held solo exhibitions at Tintype, London: Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Angel Row, Nottingham; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; The Wellcome Collection, London; Project Gallery, Dublin and Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. Other venues that have hosted her work include Helsinki Kunsthalle: RIBA, London; Whitstable Biennial; Gasworks, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. In 2011 her practice shifted to include writing. The Iceberg is an account of a family unit under assault: an investigation into time, language, belonging and the nature of embodiment. The Iceberg was published in the UK in 2014, the US in 2016 and mainland China in 2017. –


Forum #11 - Debbie Kent with Peter Ainsworth
Monday 25th November 2019, 7 – 9pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Debbie Kent will present text, sound and video from an audio walk in progress, exploring the landscapes and soundscapes of east London Docklands. Artist and researcher in Visual Cultures (Goldsmiths) Peter Ainsworth joins us in discussion.

Link to texts will be available shortly

Debbie Kent: I work with sound, cities and walking. I'm currently making a set of audio walks tracking transformations in the urban soundscape for a practise-based PhD in the Visual Cultures department. I work with the spontaneous and transient; with disassembling language and retrieving detritus from the cracks in the everyday. In the past I've exchanged words from Bruce Springsteen lyrics with members of the public, reassembled news stories using only the conjunctions and articles, and read from the writings of George Perec after putting the pages through a shredder. Recently I have been working in collaboration with Russian artist Alisa Oleva as the Demolition Project, making work that explores ways of reimagining the city and our relationship with it, in London, Berlin, Belgrade, Vilnius, Ekaterinburg and Moscow. –

Peter Ainsworth is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at LCC, UAL and undertaking a PhD in the department of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths. His work as an artist and researcher engages with new forms of the photographic - and particularly with ideas of where and how the image may be expanding through new technological processes. –


Forum #8 - Nina Wakeford with Karl Baker
Wednesday 17th July 2019, 7 – 9 pm

Artist and sociologist Nina Wakeford presents a new, live performance, plus accompanying writing The Historic Trackwalk andWe will bolt the jigs to the rail. Alongside Nina selects an excerpt from The Hundreds by Kathleen Stewart and Lauren Berlant, and writer and philosopher Karl Baker joins us in leading the discussion.

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Nina Wakeford makes work that begins with unfinished business of past social movements, and the challenges of revisiting the energies that these movements created. She is interested in how to enact demands through material engagements, the way in which identification and disidentification are forged, modes of empathy and inhabitation, and the risks of staying loyal/respectful to the kinds of materials that initiate the work. Recently, drawing on a personal collection of feminist materials from the 1970s and 1980s, Nina has made a series of film and performance works that involve singing as a way of attaching herself to objects or images. Recent performances have been shown at the British Film Institute, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Wellcome Collection. She is currently working on a commission for Art on the Underground (2018-20). Wakeford's sociological work focuses on the development of visual sociology through inventive methods and practice-led research. She convenes the MA in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths. –

Karl Baker is a philosopher and writer, at Central St Martin's, University of the Arts, London. 


Forum #7 - Dominique Baron-Bonarjee with Martin Hargreaves
Wednesday 19th June 2019, 7 – 9 pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Dominique Baron-Bonarjee presents new writing entitled In order to withstand the weather, we become liquid, alongside an excerpt from Inner Material/Material by choreographer and founder of Butoh Hijikata Tatsumi, and dramaturg, writer, performer, and academic Martin Hargreaves (London Contemporary Dance School) joins us in discussion.

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Dominique Baron-Bonarjee's practice is based on physical inquiry as a way into expanded modes of cognition and altered states of consciousness. Her current PhD in the Art Department at Goldsmiths entitled Space of the Nameless explores wobbling as a mode of transit for unstable times. Recent exhibitions and works: Collapse at Chisenhale Dance Space, lecture-performance at Tai Kwun Centre in Hong Kong (ASAP Symposium, 2019); screening at Tate Exchange (2019); artist-in-residence at Cloud DansLab,The Hague in 2018. –

Martin Hargreaves is a dramaturg, writer, and performer and his research practices range between boredom and hysteria. His primary interests are in the recent history of contemporary dance, queer performance arts, and camp misunderstandings. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled Performativity, Spectrality, Hysteria and from 2003 to 2013 he was the Editor of Dance Theatre Journal. From 2005 to 2015 Martin was Programme Leader of the MA The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban. He has worked recently with Pablo Bronstein, Boris Charmatz, Nicola Conibere and Yvonne Rainer. This year he is the Guest Dramaturg at South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and was a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Visiting Lecturer in Performative Practices at DOCH, Stockholm before taking up the post of Director of Undergraduate Programmes at London Contemporary Dance School. –

Forum #6 - Laura Burns with Johanna Linsley

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 7 – 9 pm

Laura Burns, artist and PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, presents new prose/ poetry entitled Ceremony alongside an excerpt from Ban en Banlieue by poet Bhanu Kapil, and Johanna Linsley (researcher, performer and writer, University of Roehampton) joins us in discussion.

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Laura Burns is an artist working with performance, moving, writing and healing practices. Her research centres animist practices of land as pedagogy, invisible and sonic labour as resistance, and an ongoing collaboration with the River Wyre and its river stones in Lancashire. –

Johanna Linsley is an artist, writer and producer. Her work is iterative, research-based and focused on performance. It often results in projects with multiple versions or outcomes. Current interests include documentation, procedure, listening (especially eavesdropping), queer domesticity, collaboration, and formations of the public. An interest in the speculative and fantastical underlies this work. Johanna is part of the London-based live art team I’m With You, which investigates queerness, domesticity, private life and public space. She is also a founding partner of UnionDocs, a centre for documentary art in Brooklyn, New York. Johanna is a researcher on the Wellcome Trust-funded project Challenging Archives at the Theatre Collection Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol. She received a PhD in performance studies from Queen Mary, University of London. –

Forum #5 - Guilia Damiani with Kristen Kreider

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 7 – 9 pm

Writer and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Guilia Damiani presents new writing entitled As Enchentes Entre Os Incêndios (trans. *the water rivulets among the fire) alongside an excerpt from The Passion According to GH by writer Clarice Lispector, and artist, writer and Professor of Fine Art Kristen Kreider joins us in discussion.

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Guilia Damiani is a writer and curator based in London, completing a PhD in Art at Goldsmiths University (AHRC scholarship). She specialises in performance and collaborates with artists to create performances from archival and feminist practices. She is currently a Research and Writing Fellow at the institution If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. –

Kristen Kreider is a writer and artist. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. She has published poetry, essays, journal articles and a single-authored monograph entitled Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subject and Site (IB Tauris, 2014). The latter explores how specific artworks generate meaning through a ‘material poetics’ in relation to place, develops a critical methodology for engaging with them, and investigates their ethical potential and political imperative. The book concludes with a discussion of the ethics of relation, opening a debate concerning the role of empathy within contemporary, politically-engaged practices in art and poetry. –

Forum #4 - Sophie Sleigh-Johnson

Friday 17th August 2018, 12 – 2 pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Sophie Sleigh-Johnson presents new prose alongside an excerpt from The Baphomet by Pierre Klossowski and Abstract by William S. Boroughs.

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Sophie Sleigh-Johnson is an artist based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. With a background in music, the practice involves sonic and spoken performances. She is working on a PhD at Goldsmiths College called Radio Bifrons: Broadcasting From The Crypt. Recent projects include Cealdwiellla with New Noveta, Machine of Instant Utility at Cabinet Gallery (group show) and occasional broadcasts of Chthonic Live on Resonance 104.4 FM. In 2015 she published Chthonic Index in collaboration with Simon Martin and Timothy Morton. –

Forum #3 - Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh

Friday 27th July, 2018, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh presents new writing in the form of a prose work entitled Fish, together with a script entitled Choreographing death and The Indian Meal - A Proposal for a theatre piece, and a poem entitled Clay Sausages.

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Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh is an interdisciplinary visual artist with an interest in materiality, in particular the intersections between material and immaterial processes. Ciarán is a PhD researcher in the art department at Goldsmiths. His research explores complexities inherent within post conflict trauma and is interested in intergenerational trauma and how it manifests. As part of his research Ó Dochartaigh has an ongoing research relationship with a family of donkeys and African land snails, exploring interspecies relationships and kinship. –


Forum #2 - Kate Pickering
Friday 3rd July, 2018, 6 – 8pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Kate Pickering presents the script of a recent performance piece entitled Cell alongside Cell: an introduction to a Response by poet, writer and researcher Holly Corfield Carr (University of Cambridge).

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Kate Pickering is a London based artist, writer and PhD researcher in the departments of Art and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths. She investigates belief as embodied narrative through research into Evangelical megachurches, focusing on how a body is dis/oriented within the megachurch through material, visual and fabulatory conditions. This research is extended into performative site based readings. – 


Forum #1 - Rowena Harris
Friday 20th June, 2018, 6 – 8pm

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Rowena Harris presents a short creative text entitled How to be Slow together with Thinking Impossibly (a guide) - a publication which formed part of an installation at her recent exhibition, and presents for discussion the title chapter from author Dodie Bellamy’s book When the Sick Rule the World.

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Rowena Harris is an artist and PhD candidate at Goldsmith’s. Her research encompasses theories on the datalogical in relation to neuroatypicality, pursued through creative writing, material practice, and film work. Within she explores a relation between systemic use of cognitive enhancements by Silicon Valley and the contemporary system by which the datalogical functions, seeking to give voice to neuroatypical people that maybe absent from this space, and to consider another place of thinking differently. –


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