artist / participant
In her itinerant project 'Lying Freely', that has evolved in various locations since June 2009, Ruth Buchanan probes questions around the tension between private and public spheres by practicing a method that might be named after the project title, lying freely. This has involved Buchanan weaving stories by and about the public personas of three female writers Janet Frame, Virginia Woolf and Agatha Christie into her own speculative writings. The writings become scripts for manoeuvring through spaces of systemization and behavioural codification, such as an archive (Hocken Collection), a hotel (Old Swan Hotel) and a library (British Library). These spaces, each associated with one of the authors, were reconfigured in a haptic choreography performed for and within different locations that hosted the project-a monumental house, a theatre, a gallery.
The last station of the project at Casco is an attempt to communicate the journey of the project thus far or to resituate its publicness without intending to give an overview but rather to create a variation of its topological movement and to rejoin the issues and forms that have emerged. The Casco space is reconfigured for this purpose, including the construction of a staircase and viewing platform around which the new script is voiced and deliberate forms of "appearing in public" can be exercised.
'Lying Freely' was developed in three stages: Nothing is Closed (Part I) at the Rietveld Schröder Huis, Circular Facts (Part II) at the Frascati Theatre and Several Attentions (Part III) at The Showroom gallery space. It has been realized in collaboration with Casco, If I Can't Dance, The Showroom and Jan van Eyck Academie. The book 'Lying Freely' is co-published by Casco and Jan van Eyck Academie.
'Lying Freely' marks the beginning of 'Circular Facts' (2009-2011).'Circular Facts' is a cooperative circuit for itinerant research and projects by artists and other practitioners initiated by Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht), Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp) and The Showroom (London) in collaboration with Kunsthalle St.Gallen and Electric Palm Tree. It is financially supported by the European Union Culture Programme.
A project by Ruth Buchanan