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Talk #57

Traci Kelly

Content Advisory: The artist shows and speaks about a participatory performance that includes a naked body and a dead animal (between 12 - 22 min).

Traci Kelly is an independent artist, researcher and writer. In a practice that wanders between performance, visual and textual languages her poetic and visceral imagery opens up a space for doubt and questions the status of the body. The spacings between touch and untouch in performance exchanges are utilised to consider subject invention. Kelly’s doctorate from The University of Reading was gained with a project investigating intersubjectivity and collaboration in live art practice. 2014 saw the publication of her book Feeling It For You (Perspective) with Seers in Residence, an innovative model for a decentralised approach to research dynamics, published by Nottingham Trent University. She forms part of the international research initiative Topographies of the Obsolete (Bergen Academy of Art & Design).

With the duo hancock & kelly and also solo, Kelly presents work internationally and has performed and exhibited in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas at institutions and venues including Chicago Cultural Center, USA; The Museum of Antiquities, Évora, Portugal, Nottingham Contemporary and Arnolfini etc. She also continues to collaborate as KELLY/MARHAUG with the Norwegian artist Rita Marhaug and as Kelly + Jones with British artist Rhiannon Jones. Kelly + Jones investigate the site of writing and have a research publication due this month titled Un/Writing the Landscape, Re/Figuring the Body published by PABlish. Kelly’s writing is published in UK and Norwegian contexts. |