Cally Spooner (b.1983, Ascot, UK) is a writer and artist based in Athens and London. Her practice includes film, audio, drawing and live events, fiction, plays and essays. Selected solo exhibitions include: New Museum, New York (2016); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Vleeshal, Middleburg (2015) and solo projects at Tate Modern, London (2014); Performa 13, The National Academy, New York (2013) and Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2012). Selected group exhibitions include: Biennial of Moving Images, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2016); Aspen Art Museum (2015); REDCAT gallery, Los Angeles, (2015), Kunstverein Munich (2014), Frieze Projects, London and New York (2014 and 2013). Her essays/writing have appeared in Flash Art and Artforum; her book of scripts is published by SlimVolume (2016) and she is the author of the novel, Collapsing In Parts published by Mousse (2013).
Over the course of her Fellowship research, Spooner is seeking a cross-disciplinary exchange with Kingston University’s Schools of Humanities; Performance and Screen Studies; and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), to probe the politics, ethics and economics of collaboration in the creative industries and to lay groundwork for the formation of a more or less functional performance company. Through a number of public gatherings – partly academic, partly practical – during the course of her fellowship, and through the potential arrival of the yet to be gathered group, she hopes to test various models of collective work and its organisation, through an analysis of management and power; directorial presence, authorial absence, the trusting in (or harnessing of) the genius of one’s ‘cast’.
Above image: Cally Spooner, On False Tears and Outsourcing – dancers responsible for delivering self-organized efforts to resolve difficult and time-consuming issues “go the distance” across multiple overlapping phases using appropriated competitive strategies and appropriated intimate gestures, 2016. Dancers, acoustic panels, daylight bulbs, live radio and glass. Installation view New Museum, New York, 27 April – 19 June 2016. Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York. Photography Jeremiah Wilson