Since summer 2013 Staff has utilised a range of choreographic strategies in order to explore and question how bodies are presented, produced, represented and assessed within the fields of performance, healthcare, technology and labour. This has included research at the Trinity Laban archives; discussions with groups of practitioners, researchers and activists; and physical workshops with other artists, members of local groups such as Opening Doors London (which supports older generation lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people) and DreamArts (a youth performance group), as well as public participants.
From 20–28 September 2014, Staff will display a series of large format posters on the exterior of The Showroom's building which will feature an interview between the artist and one of the project's collaborators. The text will explore disabled and queer identity, austerity, illness and flexibility: and asks how we read bodies amidst complex economic, social and cultural representations of identity and issues of visibility and identification within institutional sites.
A series of public discussions, led by invited practitioners, will respond to the text in relation to their own work and lives. Invited guests will include the research group Manual Labours, choreographer Hamish Macpherson, members of Opening Doors London and the disabled women's co-operative Sisters of Frida.
These are a series of public discussions that form part of Patrick Staff: Scaffold See Scaffold.
Patrick Staff is a London-based artist.More
Through the Communal Knowledge programme artist Patrick Staff will develop a range of choreographic strategies - including, but not exclusive to, group meetings and discussion, dance works, photography and video - to form an intersectional questioning of how bodies are presented, produced, represented and assessed in the fields of performance and dance; healthcare and therapy; technology; and labour.More