The Pith: Set as a room which is to be read, information is re-imagined and translated into new pieces of collage and installed sculptural works, weaving a lexicon of relationships, memory and time. Built from off cuts of art works, findings, garments and gifts, the objects occupy a narrative space. The excerpted texts offer fragments of a living and performative bibliography selected from sources referenced in Guilding and ongoing readings around ideas of biography, fictioning, voice and place.
“Readers and writers should look for each other in real life, meet, conspire, develop together in reality what they began to sketch on paper. Such an act of bringing secret complicities to a state of reality-production is the basic form of insurrection."
- Federico Campagna, ‘Discipline: on Writing and Collectivity', 2012.
Guilding draws together twenty-four edited chapters of an episodically written novella, once published via a mobile phone application Guilding a Slyte Repose and produced as the result of a residency period concerned with the operatings and potentials posed by a semi-autobiographical literary practice as a framework for performance, publishing and the production of sculpture. For this publication, the edited novella is accompanied by a series of essays or ‘letters’ from the author addressing the relations between reader and writer; author and narrator; visitor and host in the context of the semi-fiction, the subjective analysis of truth and myth, haunting, intruding, posturing and the unfolding of language in the never-ending difficulties with communication.