Conversation in the Form of a Hedge Lay and a Cow Lick. A Hybrid Presentation

Featuring Mark Jeffery, Lucy Cash, Judd Morrisey, and Sara Jane Bailes
Tuesday, November 01, 4:30 p.m.

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St, Conference Room

‘Conversation…’ is a carefully scored conversation and screening of a film by Mark Jeffery and Lucy Cash – Winterage: Last Milk. The film, which combines performance to camera, animation, and observational footage, considers the thousand-year history of a farm in rural Doveridge, in Derbyshire, UK, and how it folds around the childhood and later life of queer, Chicago-based artist Mark Jeffery. 

Parsing the vernacular of Mark’s childhood – hedgelaying, tending to cattle and land – within the vocabulary of expanded choreography, Winterage: Last Milk considers the film image itself as a collaborator as well as a material akin to fabric or clay. Returning to his childhood home in December 2019 to memorialize personal loss and extending his body via the wearable sculptures of Grace Duval, Mark’s choreography brings forward the mineral and animal in all of us within a film composition that considers connections and interdependence between place, language, loss, and movement. 

This event will present a screening of the film, a conversation between three artists (Lucy, Mark, and Judd) and an artist-scholar (Sara Jane), and a discussion with the audience.

Thank you to the Performance Department for helping to host this event.

Participant Bios:

Sara Jane Bailes is a theatre artist, scholar and writer. She works internationally with artists as dramaturg, mentor, consultant and co-creator. She’s interested in the social, political and ethical modes of friendship and alliance that develop through art practice and its collaborative methodologies. She’s author of Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure (2011), co- editor of Beckett and Musicality (2014) and publishes widely on contemporary experimental performance and live art practices in print, live and web-based contexts. She’s Associate Professor and teaches in the Drama, Theatre and Performance programme at the University of Sussex.

UK-based Lucy Cash in an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator working within and through choreographic processes, and across form. Her commissioned work often involves social exchange and has taken place in galleries, museums, libraries, housing estates, on water and in the air. Her works have shown in both cinema & installation contexts and in galleries including Sophiensaele and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Hyde Park Art Center; Cultural Center and Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA; Tramway, Glasgow; Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, Siobhan Davies Studios, and the Natural History Museum, London, UK. She was an associate member of Goat Island 2005 – 2009.

Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist who creates poetic systems across a range of platforms incorporating electronic writing, internet art, live performance, and augmented reality. He teaches in art and technology studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-founded the performance collective Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r).

Mark Jeffery is a Chicago-based queer performance/installation artist, curator and Full Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mark co-founded ATOM-r in 2012 a performance/technology group where he is a choreographer and performer in the company. He is the organizer of IN>TIME, a Tri-Annual performance festival hosted by multiple venues in Chicago. Mark was a former member of the internationally renowned Goat Island Performance Group from 1996 – 2009.

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[Mark Jeffery, Winterage: Last Milk, 2021, Video, Photo by Lucy Cash]