In 2007, as part of Live Art UK’s Writing From Live Art, Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson wrote responses to the Spill festival. For 2009 Mary and Rachel Lois are back, collaborating as Open Dialogues, with a new and improved Spill: Overspill.
Spill: Overspill is a tailor-made critical writing programme, designed by Open Dialogues and produced in association with Pacitti Company. The programme is located at the heart of the Spill festival and explores the event of criticism in relation to performance.
The aim of Spill: Overspill is to respond critically to the work shown, and to create a realtime discursive context for the Spill festival: one that spills out of the usual confines of a festival to a diverse UK and international audience.
Open Dialogues works from a position of reciprocity with art and artists in which criticism or critical writing is an intellectual encounter between writing and art. It is writing on, for, about, and as art. Spill: Overspill is produced within this methodology and is overtly embedded, collaborative, critical and located in close proximity to performance. The Spill: Overspill programme will explore this relationship and its critical implications.
The Spill: Overspill community consists of 8 London based writing and performance practitioners. Together, the group will gain access to behind the scenes and rehearsal sessions, develop collaborations with individual festival artists, devise textual interventions, take part in Spill Think Tank activities and publish writing in response to the festival. This writing will appear on this blog, in the forthcoming Spill Festival publication and in a range of UK and international journals.
The opinions expressed on this site are independent of the festival and its organizers.
If you have an enquiry about Spill: Overspill, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mary Paterson and Rachel Lois Clapham are the Directors of Open Dialogues - a UK based collaboration that explores critical writing as discourse and practice in order to meet the exciting challenges of art that is live, transformative and participatory.