I am just a few days away from returning to the UK after over a month at the Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz, creating new work for the LINZ FMR Festival. The experience has been a highlight of my career to date and I am looking forward already to returning at the end of May to complete the work ahead of the Festival in the first week of June 2021.
I have written a short piece on my experience for the Atelierhaus Salzamt blog which you can read HERE.
You can also find out more about LINZ FMR and all the artists participating in this year's festival HERE.
I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected for the LINZ FMR artist-in-residence programme for March 2021.
LINZ FMR – Art in Digital Contexts and Public Spaces is a biennial festival and format for artistic processes and positions, that reflects the ephemeral nature of our digital and connected present. The ever-advancing digitalization of everyday life implies an intense overlapping and layering of familiar physical, but also finely interwoven digital spaces. LINZ FMR focuses on the shifts, distortions and rifts that arise in this process and presents current artistic positions in this context.
The festival, whose title alludes to ephemerality and short-livedness, presents works whose initial ideas can be found in virtual and/or digital space or have a strong reference to it, but are shown (sometimes in a transformed way) in the physical surroundings of the city of Linz. The focus is primarily on the interstices that arise during these transformations into public space – outside of museums, galleries or art spaces. At the same time, LINZ FMR attempts to subject the concept of sculpture to a contemporary update and to reflect on questions of transience, ephemerality and obviousness.
An exhibition in public and open space with works by international and local artists who deal with art in digital contexts is the core of the festival. The exhibition is accompanied by guided tours, artist talks, a symposium, a concert night and a closing party.
Find out more about the programme on the LINZ FMR website HERE.
Had a fantastic time talking to Dr Paula Blair with Dr Dawn Woolley about collaborative projects past, present and future on the latest episode of the Audiovisual Cultures podcast. Visit the audiovisual cultures website HERE or go to wherever you get your podcasts to hear our conversation!
Reading Mrs. Dalloway: June 13 2020
Craig Saper (aka DJ Readies) with Zara Worth
In honor of #DallowDay, Craig Saper's excerpt of his 2020 version of Mrs. Dalloway (with a reading of the new version by the UK-based social media artist Zara Worth) has been published by Textshop Experiments.
The piece can be used as a prompt, assignment, or example in discussions of either conceptual writing and reading, or of the echoic potential of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway in 2020. What I am interested in highlighting is the echoes of today’s situation (pandemic) already in Woolf’s text and now desedimented as if I was reading it imperfectly now on June 13, 2020 based around a the homonym in the novel's opening line. Besides rewriting the text as if the opening line’s homonym directed the rest of the novel, I have also re-masked Clarissa Dalloway on the front cover.
Delight to say that the special of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice that I have guest-edited - ‘SMS (Social-Media-Speak) as/for/in creative practice’ was published online this December and is now out in print too.
The issue includes contributions from: Emma Bolland, Paul Conneally, Gabrielle de la Puente, Robert Fitterman, Tina Francis, Patrick Goodall, Yvette Greslé, Brenda Hickin, James Kennedy, Hardeep Pandhal, Matthew Parkin, Simon Morris, Zarina Muhammad, Alison Raybould, Sid Sidowski, Carol Sommer, Mark Staniforth, David Steans, Cathy Wade, Gavin Wade, Larry Walker-Tonks, Gabriella Warren-Smith, and Steven Zultanski. Special thanks to the journal’s directors Julia Lockheart and John Wood, and to Emma Berrill from Intellect Publishing
Click HERE to access the issue's contents page and find details on how to access or purchase a copy of the issue. You can also read my editorial online for free by clicking HERE.
Sharing some older works from 2014 in the forthcoming exhibition 'CRAFT' at Thought Foundation. 'Untitled (Tweet to Mary Beard)' and 'Untitled (Tweet to Caroline Criado Perez)' were two of the first pieces I made which responded to online communication through social media, and were created during my first year out of art school during a time of real experimentation and change. Particularly excited to see work by Kathryn Lund and West End Women installed in this exhibition.
An extract from my essay ‘Shared Meals: Instagram as a space for virtual feasting and rites of incorporation’ for Feast Journal is being included in a new publication from The Photographers Gallery to coincide with their latest exhibition
Loose Associations is The Photographers’ Gallery's printed journal, offering a diverse set of reflections on photography and image culture. Loosely inspired by the gallery’s exhibition programme, it includes essays both written and visual, artist pages, images, interviews, fiction and philosophy from a wide range of contributors. This issue takes TPG’s Autumn 2019 exhibition, Feast for the Eyes as its starting points.
More information on the exhibition and the publication HERE.
Truth, time and authenticity on Instagram
Delighted to be sharing a new piece of writing, 'Truth, time and authenticity on Instagram', written for the Cognitive Sensations blog.
"Worth shares with us her research exploring the relationship between Instagram and time. In her essay she compares the intention behind Instagram to portray the 'right here right now', with the more realistic framing of posting culture, which encourages a more crafted approach to publicising one's activity. Worth poses that instead of acting as a record, Instagram posts convey an element of a testimonial."
Read the full essay HERE.
Very excited to be participating on the 'Cognitive Conversations' Panel at FACT as part of the 'Cognitive Conversations' programme.
The event is on the 20th February at 18:30 and tickets are FREE.
I will also be presenting 'The Artist's Presence' during the event. Head over to the FACT website for more details on the event, or the Cognitive Sensations website for more information about the programming.
I am very excited to announce that I will be joining Yorkshire Sculpture International as an Engagement Artist.
Yorkshire Sculpture International is a festival produced by the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle; a group of art galleries and institutions comprising of: The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
"A festival of sculpture
Across Leeds and Wakefield
Saturday 22 June – Sunday 29 September 2019
Free and open to all, the festival will showcase sculpture in all its forms. From new work by international artists to sculpture drawn from our world-class collections.
Featuring exhibitions and events inside the galleries at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and major new outdoor sculpture commissions in unexpected places across Leeds and Wakefield.
Yorkshire Sculpture International will be accompanied by an extensive engagement programme with schools, universities, communities, and a professional development programme for artists based in the region."
I will be contributing to the YSI Festival as an Engagement Artist. More details to follow.
You can find out more about Yorkshire Sculpture International on the Festival's website.
Zara Worth is an artist, writer and researcher.