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Talk #72

Nicola Singh

Nicola Singh presented a scripted performance lecture for her Bunker x Holden: Insights talk. She moved around the lecture hall whilst speaking, and so the volume of the audio recording fluctuates. One image was projected throughout. A transcript of the talk is provided here.

Nicola Singh makes solo and collaborative performance that spills out into visual art practices and film. She extends ideas of liveness to her engagement with materials, and to her pedagogic, curatorial and research practices. Singh's work is made in response to contexts of location and place and to encounter and dialogue - and via a critical engagement with contemporary art's relationships to race and feminism. She is currently focused on improvisation in spoken word, for sound and song, and in movement and writing - exploring and experimenting with expressions and states of self-representation and identity.

Forthcoming projects include the Leach 100 residency at Porthmeor Studios, Cornwall (2021), film resource commission with Cinenova, London (2021), new comissioned performance for Quench Gallery, Margate (2022), a residency at La Bonne Women and Girls Centre, Barcelona (2022) and a presentation of new work at XARKIS Festival, Cyprus (2022) - both part of a programme with D6: Culture In Transit (Newcastle, UK). Singh is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Curation at MMU. She has a practice-led PhD titled ‘On The Thesis By Performance: a feminist research method for the practice-based PhD’, (Northumbria University, 2017).

Part of the Bunker x Holden Talks: Insights series held in Manchester School of Art in Autumn.