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Chelsea Space Window
Viewable from: Wednesday 12 May - Friday 30 July, 2021

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Reading Performance on Friday 9 July, 2021

Anna Barham, Reading Performance
Image: detail of p-  ool-   s  o-f   t-  he  ou- t- l- ine-  s, Anna Barham (2021).Photograph by Angus Mill

Join Anna Barham for a reading performance in collaboration with Arcade and Performance-Exchange on Friday 9 July.

As felt as if (2021), is a new reading performance written from the text score, Knives. Barham will insert herself into the material through a live vocalisation that momentarily articulates some of the possibilities and images within it.

Due to restrictions, booking is essential, and free.
Spaces for these performances are limited due to social distancing. If you are unable to attend, please let us know you can no longer make it.


Performances at 12, 2, 4pm
Approximate duration 15 minutes
10 spaces available per performance

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In response to the ongoing restrictions faced by galleries to present visual arts in safe circumstances we have commissioned a window display from Anna Barham, comprising text and objects that flow across the internal and external aspects of Chelsea Space's architecture.

p-  ool-   s  o-f   t-  he  ou- t- l- ine-  s incorporates a score titled Knives (2017), collaboratively produced by Barham through computer and human reading processes.The score contains over a hundred versions of a short passage from Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, by the Brazilian Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist, Vilém Flusser. The book presents a speculative investigation of the vampire squid to consider human and non-human life and in the passage Barham has extracted, Flusser uses the knife as a metaphor to describe how human reason cuts through the world.

At Chelsea Space, the score is presented as posters, pasted onto the glass from the inside, trapping objects between the text and the glass which — together with vinyl images applied on the outside of the window — distort, annotate and punctuate the words.

Anna Barham is an artist working between text, live events, video and installation. Her work considers the transformation of sense as language is translated between different material forms, technologies and bodies. She questions how authorship is distributed and what subjectivities are formed through these processes.