A Phone Call | The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom

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Erica Stocking, ‘The Artist’s Studio: A real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life’, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Events | A Phone Call | The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom

March 24, 2020 – 7pm


A Phone Call
Erica Stocking:
The Artist’s Studio Is Her Bedroom: a choreographed statement of autobiographical art making
Tuesday, March 24, 7pm PST
Free

In the interim of Erica Stocking’s play being postponed as a result of COVID-19, the artist has proposed an alternative way of connecting in this moment, presenting an open rehearsal of the play which will take place via an audio conference call and available for listeners to dial in.

Feel free to listen, or participate by following along with the action here.

The stage directions will be read including the titles of the acts, and you can orient yourself using the index provided below.

CAST:

STAGE DIRECTIONS:
Erica Stocking

YOU:
Y1: Alexa Mardon
Y2: Alison Denham
Y3: Rianne Svelnis
Y4: Kaia Shukin
Y5: Daisy Thompson
Y6: Amber Barton
Y7: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Y8: Justine Chambers

THE COMPANY:
Tabitha Osler
Kara Uzelman

MUSIC:
Sydney Hermant
Shyla Seller

INDEX: 33 POEM ACTS:
1. BEGIN
2. EVERYTHING BEGINS AND ENDS
3. DELAUNAY FIGURE GROUND
4. PUBLIC
5. ON MOTHERING AND SCULPTURE
6. TRINITY
7. REGARDING MY LIFE
8. MINIMALISM AND DANCE
9. THOUGHT DANCE for YVONNE
10. INERTIA
11. THE WRONG THING
12. DREAMING and DREAMED
13. EMANATION AND REFLECTION
14. DRAG
15. CONTEXT LOZANO
16. EILEEN
17. DANCE
18. OBJECTS
19. VOICE
20. COMIC RELIEF
21. SLAP MY BUTT
22. FROZEN TABLEAU
23. I AM A BODY
24. GUT
25. SOUL
26. A SATURDAY MORNING
27. HEAD IN HOLE
28. NIGHT
29. PERIOD I
30. PERIOD II
31. GAZING AND GRAZING
32. THOUGHTS and GRAVITY
33. BED

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Original performance information | Rescheduled date TBC

Erica Stocking: The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom: a choreographed statement of autobiographical art making

“This is a play, sometimes filmed, in the form of a speech dance, to become a statement.  It is a performance to be inhabited by you the viewer(s).  I am asking you to be my ground or my stuffed animals. There are no passive viewers and the work is realized anew within each intimate setting.”
­– Erica Stocking

We invite you to the next iteration of The Artist’s Studio Is Her Bedroom: a choreographed statement of autobiographical art making, a one hour multi-disciplinary performance mixing dance, sculpture, theatre and fashion at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The work is presented by Erica Stocking in collaboration with Kara Uzelman, Tabitha Osler, Sydney Hermant, Shyla Seller, Justine A. Chambers, Alexa Mardon, Alison Denham, Rianne Svelnis, Kaia Shukin, Daisy Thompson, Amber Barton, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, HaeAhn Kwon, Julie Morstad, Christy Nyiri and the Contemporary Art Gallery.

The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom: A choreographic statement on autobiographical art making is a framework for exploring the contemporary condition of attention/distraction through an experience of motherhood. By evoking this particular experience as a form to be inhabited, Stocking explores how we can be both autonomous and non-autonomous subjects within a network. As an iterative process, the artwork is working, breathing, being, offering a space for collective inhabitation. In our intensified political and ecological moment, how do we be together amidst spatial and temporal distances?

Following the old avant-garde call for the collapsing of art and life often found within artistic practices at key moments in history, The Artist’s Studio Is Her Bedroom: A choreographed statement of Autobiographical art-making responds to our intensified political and ecological moment by exploring the potential of art to offer both political and private relevance.

The play offers a framework to inhabit a grammar of motherhood which reflects a contemporary condition of oscillation between attention and distraction. Stocking proposes artwork as an organism that moves in the world, an organism to inhabit within the world, and an organism as a fiction to understand the world.

Inspiration for the costumes comes from WWI when the allies began to paint their ships in dazzle – a pseudo-science camouflage previously untested in the field, whereby painting bold patterns on the ship exterior made it difficult to confirm the depth of field or direction the ship was moving in with accuracy, leading to miscalculations of the ship’s anticipated position and thus protecting the ship from U-boat attacks. This work was mostly done by women and artists, and is utilized as a context to don while navigating womanhood now.

The artist gratefully acknowledges support from Canada Council