BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape
Responding to the theme of memory in the work of Lorna Simpson

In a body of work spanning three decades, Lorna Simpson evokes memory in the relationship of text to image, in the repeated performative gestures and re-enactments of her large-scale video works and in her use of thrift shop props and costumes. Simpson’s is not a collective but a collected memory, not autobiographical but anonymous. Conversations reverberate back and forth in time, creating a space for reflection and transformation in the critical gap between an original event and its simulation.

In response to Simpson’s relationship with memory, trauma and the body, this symposium will bring together eminent practitioners, artists and theoreticians in this field. Emerging from the research, practice and interests of three artists based at Northumbria University: Jane Arnfield, Christine Borland, and Sandra Johnston, and working with GemArts, a leading diversity arts organisation based in the North East, the symposium connects disciplines of visual, live and performing arts. This dynamic event will foreground new and critically acclaimed performances alongside presentations and panel discussion, interfusing live experience with critical dialogue, to consider ethical questions of representation and responsibility in histories re-told.

Thursday 5 June 2014

Written and performed by Adura Onashile / Direction and dramaturgy by Graham Eatough
Inspired by ‘The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot / Produced by Iron-Oxide

1951, Henrietta Lacks walks into the coloured section of a hospital in Baltimore with a pain in her abdomen. A cell sample taken without her permission was used as the raw material for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line.

BALTIC has worked with GemArts, a leading diversity arts organisation to bring this production to the North East for the first time following a successful presentation at Edinburgh Festival.

Winner of the ‘Flying Artichoke Award’. Winner of the ‘Scottish Arts Club Best Scottish Show on the Fringe’ Award / Total Theatre Award Nominee 2013 / Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nominee 2013