"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, camera direction
Florence Peake / movement, ceramics
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.
Live edit and mixing by James Dunn.
Cover design by Oli Barrett.
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 a poet and artist. A selection of poems from her collection BLUE MONDAY featured in MAP and Fieldnotes journal in 2021. Other recent contributions include Another Gaze, Lazy Susan and Flash Art. Zara’s moving image practice plays with repeated and layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Her films include: Soft Rio (Marseille Underground Film Festival, Marseille, France, 2021; Underneath The Floorboards, 2021) with Astrid Sweeney and @xcrswx; horsecity (xviix.com, 2020; Centre of Gravity, Bristol, UK 2020) and Four Dances (Takuroku, 2021) – a piano & film collaboration with Billy Steiger. Zara is currently working on a film to accompany a score by Finlay Clark written for the Claravox Centennial theremin, and an ongoing collaboration with artist Tony Brooks at Submit to Love Studios. With Evie Ward, Zara 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)."