Image credit: Cally Spooner
OFFSHORE is an itinerant performance company and pedagogical structure, currently being researched and developed by Cally Spooner. Various stages of its formation in progress have been presented as outcomes of her Stanley Picker fellowship.
To research OFFSHORE, Cally Spooner organised five trans-disciplinary gatherings during her fellowship. With around thirty performers, writers, artists and thinkers—including from Kingston’s Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)—these gatherings explored the labour of maintenance, the use of living (a)live tools, and the the dynamics and discontents of a social body in relation to the performative standardisation and quantification of language or life.
Coincidentally, OFFSHORE began to form; first as organising principles with a number of performers, writers, a designer, a psychologist, a lawyer and a philosopher, next as real-time exercises in drafting new vocabulary and terms of how to organise, work, and perform as a company. OFFSHORE now sits somewhere between a philosophy school for embodied knowledge, an engine, an alibi, a backroom, a rehearsal, and some un-guaranteed social plumbing—it is in progress, emerging with and alongside Cally Spooner’s work.
GLOSSARY (LINK TO PDF OF THE YELLOW GLOSSARY *** FIX SO IT’S JUST ONE SIDE)
OFFSHORE: A structure that enables EVERYONE (some of whom will have met before, some of whom will not have met) to maintain a state of rehearsal, over a number of days, in public.
About Cally Spooner
Cally Spooner is an artist. Her most recent solo shows include Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2018), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017), The New Museum, New York, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (both 2016). Her recent group shows include Serpentine Gallery and Kunsthaus Zurich (both 2017). Her book of Scripts is published by Slimvolume (2016), and her novel Collapsing In Parts is published by Mousse (2012). Upcoming solo shows include the Swiss Institute, New York, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (both 2018) and the Art Institute Chicago (2019).