The main entrance of Chapter in the distance, with some plants in the foreground.


EXPERIMENTICA 24: Naomi Pearce and Stuart Middleton: I Lay Waiting

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  • Duration 0h 30m

An intimate work-in-progress listening experience in which participants are invited to sink into the bog and explore horizontality. With reflections on die-ins, sexual encounters, convalescence and sleep, we will re-emerge with new perspectives on what it means to lie down. Shifting between poetry and prose, interviews with acupuncturists and archaeologists, archival accounts of illness and public protest, this spoken word piece is staged on a large scale bed-like sculpture, drawing the audience into an embodied relationship with the text.

Naomi Pearce is a writer and curator who collaborates with artists to make exhibitions, essays, books and events. Recent projects include 'Good Bad Books?', Barbican, London (2023) and 'Unbidden Tongues: Continuity Girl', Kunstverein Munich (2022). Her essays and fiction have been published by Art Monthly, LA Review of Books, e-flux Criticism, MIT Press and The White Review, among others. Live performances of her writing have been hosted by Turner Contemporary, Margate (2023), David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2021), Matt's Gallery, London and NIDA Art Colony, Lithuania, (both 2018). Her first novel, Innominate, was published by MOIST in 2023.

Stuart Middleton is a visual artist working across a range of media. Past solo exhibitions include Paisley Liberal Club, Paisley, Scotland (2022); Life is not a walk across an open field, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2021); Motivation and Personality, Kunstlerhaus Graz (2018) and Beat, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2017). Recent group exhibitions include Against Sun and Dust, Villa Imperiale, Pesaro (2023); Everything Broken Down, Solid Haus, Suffolk (2023); The Double Time of Drawing, Clementin Seedorf, Cologne (2023); Every lie has an audience, Marsèll, Milan (2022); Testament, Goldsmiths CCA, London (2022); Tourism, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus (2021).

Access: Captions

Audio Flyer: Accessible Programme

Content warnings: this work contains descriptions of sexual activity, medical procedures, death and human remains.

Latecomer policy: Doors will open fifteen minutes before the performance start time, please arrive promptly as this event has limited capacity. Any empty seats five minutes before the performance start time, will be released and re-sold on a first come first served basis on the door.


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