Thursday 1 April 2021, 8pm
At the beginning of 2020, we started planning a community movement workshop at Cafe OTO's Project-Space. The first realisation of the series was due to take place in April 2020 in the form of a touch-based workshop led by Florence Peake. After a year of postponing due to Covid-19, CEREBELLUM has gradually turned into a collaboration between artists working across movement, poetry, sound and film. Drawing on the nature of the cerebellum (the part of the brain coordinating movement and balance), and the sound (bell) contained within it, a year-long thread has led to this coming together at Cafe OTO. A live stream re-exploring touch through sound: through hands playing with cameras; words and light; ceramics and concrete floor.
Evie Ward / writing, voice
Amy Dickson / lighting, camera
Zara Joan Miller / camera
Florence Peake / the floor
CEREBELLUM is a series for learning through exploration and experimentation in movement and sound where all bodies are welcome.
The series is programmed collaboratively by Zara Joan Miller and Evie Ward.
Please note: the performers and venue are following government guidance on Covid-19 regulations to safely share this stream.
Florence Peake is a London-based artist who has been making work since 1995. She makes solo and group performance works intertwined with an extensive visual art practice. Presenting work internationally and across the UK in galleries, theatres and outdoors, she is known for an approach which is at once sensual and witty, expressive and rigorous, political and intimate. Peake’s practice uses movement, text, film, drawing, painting and sculpture that respond and intercept each other to articulate and extend ideas through different media. Her work explores notions of materiality and physicality; the body as site and vehicle of protest. The energetic, chemical body and feeling states of being are also key to her thinking and ideas using the erotic, sensual for queering of materiality. The subjective and imagined body as a force equal to our objective flesh bound world. By encouraging chaotic relationships between the body and material, she creates radical and outlandish performances, creating temporary alliances and micro-communities within the audience. She makes large scale paintings using the whole bodys physicality, interactive sculpture works, film and text.
Peake is part of the Hayward Gallery’s touring British Art Show 9 (2021). Peake’s work has been presented at Arsenic theatre and Sudpol theatre in Switzerland (2020),Venice Biennale 2019; CRAC Occitanie, Sète, France (2018), London Contemporary Music Festival, UK (2018), Bosse & Baum, London, UK (2019); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK (2018); Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France (2018); Hayward Gallery, London UK (2018), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017), Studio Leigh, London UK (2017); Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy (2017); Serpentine, London UK (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); ICA, London (2016); Modern Art Oxford (2016); BALTIC, Newcastle UK (2013), Frieze, London UK (2013), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012).
Zara Joan Miller is an artist filmmaker and author of poetry collection BLUE MONDAY (JOAN Publishing, 2022). Her work has appeared in Fieldnotes journal, Another Gaze, Hotel, MAP, Autograph Gallery, Flash Art, Worms Magazine (forthcoming). Often working collaboratively, her practice is driven by a desire to challenge anthropocentrism and rhetorics of ableism, significantly influenced by her ongoing work with brain injury survivors. Her films play with layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Screenings include Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA, 2022); Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival (Lausanne, Switzerland, 2021); Cafe OTO (London, UK, 2021); Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts (Goa, India, 2020); and xvvix.com.
Zara co-hosts SHOES with Lia Mazzari on RTM.FM. Each show focuses on a different pair of shoes, the sounds they make and how, once recorded and reheard, they begin to form a political language across time. Research-led, SHOES traces rhythms of human expression across dancing, pedestrian and barefooted cultures with a focus on sounds of resistance. With Evie Ward, she programmes the movement and sound series CEREBELLUM.
Evie Ward (b. London, 1993) is a poet and writer based in London. Her poems have appeared in Art Licks, SALT, Cesura//Acceso, and '5AM' - a digital release on Takuroku with Ute Kanngießer and field recordist Daniel Kordík. She often works collaboratively at the intersection of writing with music and art, having recently read new poems, stories and journal fragments with Ute Kanngießer for a live performance at Cafe OTO and exhibited a site-specific poem as part of 'Like A Sieve' at Kupfer. She has conducted extensive research on Moki Cherry and continues to work closely with Cherry's archive when possible. Evie is currently working on a book collaboration of interwoven poems & drawings with Corinne Bernard.
"My practice unites film, video and performance with a background in textiles. Part of my practice involves creating platforms for film, video and live performance through collaboration, most significantly as co-founder of collective-iz & xviix. Publications include: Senses of Cinema, Millennium Film Journal, and Sequence Magazine. Recent screenings and exhibitions include: xviix.com (2021), 6x6.com (2020), In House, Café OTO, London (2020); Work Programme, LUX, London, UK, (2019); Light & Dark (Park), LUX, London, UK (2018); Extending the Frame, Whitstable Biennale, Kent, UK (2018)."