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Enclave 1: Res. | Susanna Davies-Crook | Star Chamber

May 19, 2015

30 May – 13 June 2015, Thu-Sat 12-6pm and by appointment
Res. Enclave 1-3, 50 Resolution Way, SE8 4NT

Preview Friday 29 May 6:30 – 11:30pm
Performance at 9:30
Live set from Recsund 10 – 11:30pm

Closing event Saturday 13 June 3 – 6pm
Live distributed reading
Response and research exchange between Sally O’Reilly and Susanna Davies-Crook
Star Chamber, an exhibition of new work by Susanna Davies-Crook, forms the last of three solo shows produced by #temporarycustodians at Res.

Susanna Davies-Crook (b.1985, London) is an artist and writer with a background in theatre. Speaking through multiple bodies, both live and recorded, the exhibition is a system of voices that points toward an absent body held invisible in stasis. The convening of rhetorical speech and slippery emblems within the gallery considers the summons of Habeas Corpus, translating as “you shall have the body”. The consultation of bodies and behaviours for the extraction of qualitative data have been examined via a series of workshops that employ the methodologies of juries, military decision-making protocols, marketing focus groups, theatrical rehearsals and character development exercises. The Latinate voices of Justice and administration preside over the architecture of the gallery, implicating the live body in a feedback loop of received ideas.

Davies-Crook has employed ‘interlocutors’ to mediate the research material and subject matter toward an ‘outcome’. These include a digital animation made in dialogue with Joey Holder, a text reflecting on the body as an island by Emily Beber, a text produced with rhetorician James Cullen (Speech Writer’s Guild), video footage of the workshops filmed by Danny Nellis (Video In Common), rehearsing with actors Kristina Epenetos and Tom Ross Williams, a voice-over recorded with Ruth Clarke-Irons, a written response from critic Lizzie Homersham and a live response from author Sally O’Reilly as part of the closing event.

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