Studio 6 Open: The Butchery of Continuity

16 May 2014

The Butchery of Continuity is an audio visual installation/academic presentation emerging from conversations between philosopher Ben Woodard and artist Teresa Gillespie. Friday 16th May 6pm

The Butchery of Continuity
Ben Woodard/Teresa Gillespie

Audio visual installation/academic presentation

Friday 16th May
6pm | Studio 6 will be open with an installation of re-edited audio visual footage
6.30pm | Ben will give a talk followed by a response from Teresa and an open discussion

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(Ben’s paper will be available to read beforehand closer to the time. Please email Ben - woodardbenjamin@gmail.com - if you wish to receive a copy.)

The Butchery of Continuity is the first of two public events to be presented at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, emerging from conversations between philosopher Ben Woodard and artist Teresa Gillespie.

Utilising the mediums through which they each work, the event will merge a theoretical presentation with an audio visual installation. The starting point for the event has been Ben Woodard’s idea of a horror version of the Baron von Munchausen story. In this story, the fictional Baron attempts to pull the inside of his body out in a painful effort to escape entrapment. A body with too many organs swells out. Yet restrained by the continuity of matter never fully achieves separation or extraction.

Horror is often taken as a metaphoricalization of socio-cultural anxieties through the matter of film. However, this overlooks its engagement with the difficulty of separating body and world. All exchanges leave material traces. Everything is connected, but continuity is butchery.

Gathering films and footage through their conversation, Studio 6 will be occupied by re-edited material abstracted from psychological and cultural narratives to emphasise material processes that never quite allow for the moment of separation.

This event takes place as part of TBG+S’s Studio 6 Open Programme.

Ben Woodard is a PhD candidate in Theory and Criticism at Western University. He received his masters at EGS and undergrad at the University of Arizona. His work addresses Speculative Realism in relation to nature, post humanism, weird fiction, and the physical sciences. His papers have been published widely and he is the author of two books - Slime Dynamics: Generation, Mutation and the Creep of Life and On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy. Recently Ben has been drawn into conversations and events with artists and curators, the most recent being with the Bureau of Melodramatic Research in Bucharest and with Vanessa Billy at Le Foyer in Zurich.

Teresa Gillespie is an artist based in Dublin. She has exhibited in Ireland and abroad and undertaken numerous artist’s residencies including the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Borse Program. She has also been the recipient of many awards, most recently the Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Bursary Award and The Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Visual Artist Award. Upcoming projects include: a performative lecture in response to the work of Wim Beeren for On Curating Histories curated by Kate Strain, and return to the borderland bends, a solo project curated by Cassandra Needham for the launch of the John Jones Project Space, London. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art.