Site-Writing

In The Emptiness Between Them (2012)
  • Emily Orley | Galerie8, London

  • Ella Finer, Where we Meet, October 2012, Galerie8, London. Photograph Credit: Kitty Walker Ella Finer, Where we Meet, October 2012, Galerie8, London. Photograph Credit: Jem Finer Ella Finer, Where we Meet, October 2012, Galerie8, London. Photograph Credit: Jem Finer Ella Finer, Where we Meet, October 2012, Galerie8, London. Photograph Credit: Jem Finer Ella Finer, Where we Meet, October 2012, Galerie8, London. Photograph Credit: Kitty Walker Ella Finer, Where we Meet, October 2012, Galerie8, London. Photograph Credit: Jem Finer
  • Sound artist Ella Finer invited me to respond in writing to her site-responsive installation Where We Meet (Galerie8, Hackney, London) in September 2012. Her work entailed twelve speaker boxes playing back twelve voice compositions which had been created over twelve weeks. The recordings included singing, conversation (both scripted and incidental) and the building’s own natural sounds. The work I produced alongside was a Jane Rendell-esque site-writing in twelve acts.


    Biography:

    Emily Orley is an artist, researcher and educator whose work includes performance, installation and art- (or place- or commemorative-) writing. She is interested in exploring ideas to do with memory and mis-memory, maintenance and enchantment, history, heritage and place (and how these all co-exist). As a practitioner-researcher, she is a firm believer in breaking down the false binaries that separate practice and theory, making and thinking and writing about making.

    She often works in collaboration with practitioner-researcher Katja Hilevaara (katjahilevaara.com), and is currently Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Roehampton. She has degrees from the Wimbledon School of Art, Cambridge and Roehampton Universities. She also trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris. More information and images of her work can be found at www.emilyorley.com.


    Practices:

    Since hearing Jane Rendell give a talk about her writing practice when I was a postgraduate student, I have boldly adopted her method of site-writing whenever I can as a way of experimenting with writing (as opposed to writing ‘about’) my own and other’s work, as well as found objects and places that have been particularly inspiring to me. Whatever I call my writing now (sometimes creative-critical, sometimes commemorative), it stems from the seed of the idea that Rendell planted all that time ago: that to respond in writing can be to produce an artwork in its own right.


    Keywords:
    Ella Finer, sound installation, site-responsive, echo, constellation, brick

    References:

    The poetry of Anna Achmatova, T.S. Eliot and Rainer Maria Rilke, the sculptures of Doris Salcedo, Susan Hiller and Cornelia Parker, the writings of Karen Barad, George Elliot, Laura Harris, Luce Irigaray, Erin Manning, Doreen Massey, Brian Massumi, Jane Rendell, PA Skantze and Ali Smith.


    Other projects:
  • Parts Apart Read Together (2019)
  • What Remains (2019)
  • 21 Orientations: An Atlas of Geographic Promiscuity (2019)
  • The Windowless Hotel Room (2018)
  • Shared Remains (April 2018)
  • Soft Landing (2018)
  • Spaces of Grief (2018)
  • Metropolitan Salem, Liuerpul (9 June – 18 August 2018)
  • Things Come Apart (21-24 March 2018)
  • Learn to Read Differently (2018)
  • Il Balcone. A site-writing performance (2018)
  • History begins with the vanity of kings (2018)
  • Foray in a Modern Reserve: An Impounding Portrait of Landuse (2016-2018)
  • Dear Mr. Jung: Inhabiting Carl Jung’s ‘The Red Book’ (May 2018)
  • Phantom Railings (2012-17)
  • Talking Quilts (April 2017)
  • fifteen ways to cross the desert (2017)
  • Between Landscape and Confinement: Situating the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft (2017)
  • A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (2017)
  • Urban Literacy (2013 / 2014 / 2016)
  • The Glorious Tomb to the Memory of Nothing (2016)
  • The Arrival’s Reader; A Visual Literary Criticism on The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2016)
  • Reading as Art (27 August-19 November 2016)
  • Kjemikerens død [The Death of the Chemist] (23-26 May 2016)
  • Kingsland High Street (2016)
  • Away from Home – Home from Away (April 2016)
  • Penguin Pool (2015)
  • Geography Lessons: Liberian Landmarks 1953-2013 (2015)
  • Women’s Anarchist Nuisance Café (2014)
  • The Writing on the Wall (after Rembrandt) (2014)
  • Designing Architecture as a Performing-Ground (2014)
  • The Disappearance: Manfredo Tafuri’s The Sphere and the Labyrinth (April 2013)
  • Folded Ground: Escape from Cape Town (2013)
  • In The Emptiness Between Them (2012)
  • 10/08/12 (multispecies event) (2012)
  • Tideline (2010-2012)
  • An Arcades Project (2011)
  • The Museum of Breath (2010)
  • Slab (2010)
  • One wound. Two wounds. The body as site for writing (2010)
  • The Fluid Pavement and Other Stories on Growing Old (2006)
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