Art writing refers to writing as an art practice, within an art context. Differing from poetry or art criticism, art writing is inherently open; it can choose any format and bring together theory, philosophy, poetics, fiction and histories. Beber and de Sonneville will become narrators of the Gallery space, evoking figures, gestures, objects and sensations, and constructing rhythms and connections from the way the works are hung.
Emily Beber is a writer and critic recently graduated from a Masters in Critical Writing in Art and Design from the Royal College of Art. She is currently working on the research paper Shrinking Studies – A Cultural History, which will be presented at London Metropolitan University in January 2015, and recently contributed to the exhibition Beside at Five Years Gallery, with a text that explored the shifting ground between an image and its materiality. She is also the Commissioning Editor of Corpora Limbo (Eros Press, 2015), a collaborative book considering the writer’s body. Beber is the founder of These Lists, an online archive of reading lists from artists and writers, co-founder of a small feminist press, and also plays as part of the art band WE.
Daphne de Sonneville is an artist and writer based in London. Her practice involves performances, audiovisual instances, sculptural objects, printed matter, and (critical) fiction, which arise from her experiments with words and writing. She received a BFA in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2009) and recently completed an MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London (2014). Past events include: Act Natural; event publication of PaperWork Magazine issue II, Spike Island, Bristol, and Jupiter Woods, London (2014); The Optics of Writing, X Marks the Bökship, London (2014); and Language is the Creek on a Stair, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013). She had texts published in PaperWork Magazine issue I and II (2013, 2014) and HOAX (2014).
This event is part of South London Art Map’s ‘SLAM Fridays’.