by Libita Clayton (UK)
Let light in and begin birth.
Read text get into body of text.
Adapt flow and change pitch - become multiple voices.
Stand into power.
Let blanket drop.
The practice of political and physical collapse is what drives Libita Clayton forward as is reflected in the above excerpt of her performance script. Sites are responded to physically: walls are wormholes with feelings, bodies map as what Clayton refers to as «historically-bumpy» landscapes, considering performance as a means of resistance to dominant and linear narratives that have to be reconsidered and socially authenticated.
Clayton reenacts her performance by questioning the notion of the; non-human, not - quite - uman, and human, in relation to the black migratory body reflected through time in biopolitics, and visionary (science) fiction. The performance is influenced by the opening chapters in «Fledgling», a vampire novel by Octavia. E. Butler (2005), as well as the experimental film «Gonda» (Ursula Mayer, 2012).
Using survival blankets, clay, and sound, Clayton awakes the audience with improvisation, glitch poetics and material symbols of survival, driven by instinct, landscape, materiality, and sense. Surrounded by an experimental soundscape produced by artist and filmmaker Chris Boyd, this second iteration of the work will respond to the body as a hybrid constellation, which functions as a host for refuge within the premises of Cabaret Voltaire.
This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Are we bodies? curated by Vlada Maria Tcharyeva (CH)
Entrance fee: CHF 10.- (Cabaret Voltaire Members: free!)
Image: Libita Clayton: «I’m not my. My…..my injuries are healed now, but I still don’t remember things.»; Fledgling, Octavia. E. Butler, 2005, 2018.
is a UK based artist. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Print & Digital Media from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London in 2009. Recent exhibitions and performances include: This is the Gallery , the Gallery is Many Things X, Eastside Projects, Birmingham; 4717, RCA/LUX, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London; Memento Mori, Kalashnikovv 3.0, Johannesburg, (2018); DEBUNK, Arnolfini, Bristol; Going Along Without a Body, Iklectik, London; History Lessons: Fluid Records, South London Gallery, Iniva, London; Lexis Over Land – Towards a Feminist Geography, Tremenheere Sculpture Gallery, Cornwall; Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale; (all 2017); Gal-Dem WOC friday late, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Beyond words, Book Works, Central Library, Hull; and Hard Copy, Home.alone, Clermont – Ferrand (all 2016).