POINT RESIDENCY 2015 - 2016
A. The Drumhead - A series of readings
by artist in residence
PART I: Tuesday 10th November 2015, 7pm
PART II: Sunday 15th November 2015, 4pm
PART III: Friday 27th November 2015, 7pm
As might be readily assumed, the drumhead is the top, or head, of a drum. It has in times past come to perform the role of a mobile writing table, an ersatz altar, and gathering point for orders to be heard when military campaigns were on the field.
The handsome sailor, Billy Budd, was sentenced to death by hanging after a drumhead court-martial on the Bellipotent found him guilty in Herman Melville’s all-male story taking its title from the condemned character. Melville began writing the novella Billy Budd, Sailor, in 1888. It was published posthumously in 1924.
Commissioned by If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, and published by Sternberg Press last year, Gerry Bibby’s The Drumhead was written on the move. Natasha Soobramanien notes, ‘[it was] written in just six months, in six cities, in the space between three shows’.
Although not as mobile as some media, the printed novel was compiled on a laptop. A lap is a lot easier to move around than a drum, and both it and a novel can find themselves in spaces they might never have expected to land.
Henrik Olesen writes, ‘The Drumhead inaugurates a world of pure presence—(un)scrupulously amalgamating sexual politics, right-wing deliriums, and contemporary art.’
Ladies. Ladies and Gentlemen.
Ladies . . . . . . and Gentlemen . . . . . . . . . and Gentlemen.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Thanks for coming…
Gentlemen . . . Ladies . . . . . . Ladies . . .
…as one of the inaugural residents of Point Centre for Contemporary Art’s Residency Program, artist Gerry Bibby will read the entirety of his novel over a series of occasions at Point during his stay, the first of which will happen in the presence of Athens-based curator and fellow resident Evangelia Ledaki, this Tuesday, November 10th, 7pm where copies of the book will be offered at a special launch price.
Gerry Bibby (b. 1977, Australia) is an artist and writer living and working in Berlin. His recent projects and exhibitions include: Bibby/Blightman, KUB Arena, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2014); Frieze Projects, Frieze London (2013); La Biennale de Lyon (2013);Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Last Call, Silberkuppe, Berlin (2012); and(untitled) with Robert Filliou, The Artist’s Institute, New York (2010). Bibby studied Visual Art at the Sydney College of the Arts, Australia. He was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Residency, Berlin in 2012–13.
B. Studio Visits
Oen discussion: 18 November 2015, 7pm
Athens-based curator and art critic Evangelia Ledaki will engage in a dialogue with the local art scene through a series of scheduled studio visits followed by an open discussion. The studio visits are organised within the framework of Ledaki’s Residency at Point Centre for Contemporary Art (2015 -2016) and they will be realised Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 November 2015. The discussionwill take place at Point, Wednesday 18 November 2015, 7pm. In order to ensure an open and pluralistic process requests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and/or to schedule a visit please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evangelia Ledaki (b. 1980, Greece) is an independent curator and art critic based in Athens. She studied anthropology (MRes, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Panteion University), curating (MA, University of Essex) and art history (University of Crete). She contributes articles and reviews to Avgi newspaper, while poems and other texts of hers have been published in catalogues and magazines. She is interested in the study of contemporary art through the comparative approach of anthropology and psychoanalysis, and as a PhD researcher at the Department of Αnthropology at Panteion University she explores the topologies of borders and the spatial constructions of identity. She is co-founder of the curatorial project Radical Reading.