Richard John Jones - 2020
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Kvk nummer: 73131113
BTW nummer: NL002466356B58
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---> Works 2018
---> Interview with Richard John Jones by Marcia Elizabeth on Bubblegumclub.co.za
National Idiom: the Machines (Presentation of work in progress), 2020.
Duration 28 mins.
Documentation of a work-in-progress version of National Idiom: The Machines at Frascati Theater, Amsterdam, as part of the festival Come Together #5. The performance works with the impact of technology on the body, working through and against systems of constraint and control, drawing on the folk tradition of East-Lancashire clogging.
About the work:
National Idiom: The Machines is a work in progress by Jones that draws on the folk tradition of East-Lancashire clogging to explore the impact of technology on the body, working through and against systems of constraint and control. Emerging from the cotton mills in the 19th century, where women would tap along to the relentless rhythms of the mechanised looms, clogging is a symbol of the deeply interwoven histories around textile production, local cultural idioms, and feelings of belonging. This work, which is in development, intends to contextualise the various historical ‘rediscoveries’ of folk traditions within the current context of a resurgence of nationalisms in post-industrial regions in Europe and elsewhere. Clogging and other folk expressions are both extremely specific whilst also being deeply interconnected and shared amongst many regions and cultures across the world. At the heart of this work is an understanding of the connection between the development of technology, particularly the mechanical loom and early computers, and the effect these developments have had upon bodies and subjectivities. This particular development included field recordings and interviews with workers employed in contemporary engineering and manufacturing industries in the Nottighamshire area. The clogging routines were done through workshops with the Greenwood Cloggers.
Performed by Richard John Jones and Eva Susova.
Costume design: Max Allen
Scenography painting: Mikolaj Sobczak
Sound Design: patten
Supported by Arts Council England and Amsterdam Fonds Voor De Kunst
With thanks to the Greenwood Cloggers and Dacol Engineering.
images: Reinout Bos
---> Works 2019
𝗨𝗡𝗕𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 = 𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗬𝗜𝗡𝗚
A reading encounter for six voices about living and dying in a pandemic.
Kem presents Szymon Adamczak’s and Richard John Jones’ new project, a two-part audio journey of a number of key texts and statements bearing witness to the personal and collective experiences relating to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Moving between the forms of podcast, rehearsal, and discussion, Unbecoming = Undying follows a live gathering of friends and peers re-voicing source texts and reflecting on their affective, personal and political resonance today.
The selection of texts is born out of research into the AIDS journal genre and is accompanied by excerpts from zines, artists’ books and catalogues. The editorial work began remotely whilst in quarantine and these conditions are echoed both practically and theoretically throughout the production process.
Through the act of reading together, Unbecoming = Undying touches on themes of LGBTQ militancy, mobilisation, kinship, the intimate experience of illness, systemic exclusion, and how movement, migration, and the passing of time shape our understanding of these. A virus has been transmitted, not HIV but the virus of writing and reading aloud.
𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Szymon Adamczak, Richard John Jones
𝗠𝗶𝘅: Krzysztof Bagiński
Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Mavi Veloso, Maurits de Bruijn, Matthew Docherty.
𝗙𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝘅𝘁𝘀 𝗯𝘆: Karen Finley, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Danez Smith, Gregg Bordowitz, AA Bronson, Carué Contreiras, Guillaume Dustan, Keith Haring, Essex Hemphill, Derek Jarman, Joezine, Larry Kramer, Eric Michaels, David Wojnarowicz
Commissioned by Kem. The project is financed by the Capital City of Warsaw as part of the 'Centrum Jasna' program.