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Nathaniel Whitfield – Artist in Residence – A Social Residency

Posted: 8 Jan 2018

Artist in Residence: Practice Makes Practice – A Social Residency
Nathaniel Whitfield

3 January – 7 February 2018

Throughout January, Practice Makes Practice is being programmed with Nathaniel Whitfield, who is undertaking Practice Makes Practice – A Social Residency with us at The NewBridge Project. Please see the full programme below.



FILM SCREENING: Christoph Schlingensief: Auslander Raus (Foreigners Out)
Tuesday 16th January, 7 – 8.30pm (FREE)
“Foreigner Out! Schlingensief’s Container” is a thrilling and revealing, funny yet frightening chronicle and deliberation of one of the biggest public acts of tongue-in-cheek art terrorism in the age of multimedia.”




Gordon Douglas – Performance Standards
Tuesday 23 January, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Members: Free | Non-Members: £3
Gordon Douglas will host Performance Standards, an evening session drawing on amateur re-interpretations of art historical performance work as fan-made legacy.




Anneliese Klein and Gordon Douglas: An evening of films / performances
Wednesday 24th January, 7-9pm (FREE)
Join us for an evening of films and performance curated by Anneliese Klein, with performances by Gordon Douglas.





Reading for__________
Monday 29 January, 6-8pm (FREE)
“The purpose of Art” James Baldwin wrote “is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers”.
It is in this inquisitive vein that these events have been planned, where we can come together to share each others ideas through the texts we are reading individually.




FILM SCREENING: Performance in Public / Public in Performance

Thursday 1 February, 6.30-8.30pm (FREE)
Nathaniel Whitfield will present a series of films around the topics of Performance in the public sphere and the how artists negotiate the ‘public’ in performance.




Forum Theatre Workshop
Saturday 3 February, 10am – 5pm
Members: FREE / Non-Members: £3 (BOOK HERE)
A day for learning about and practicing Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and Pedagogy of the Oppressed techniques, including discovering the process of creating Forum and Legislative Theatre.


Nathaniel Whitfield

Nathaniel Whitfield is a performer, writer, facilitator and collaborator who has just finished the yearlong Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York. He utilizes and combines the critical methodology developed by contemporary cultural studies with performance, video and installation in research led projects that seek to re-articulate and re-materialize physical, political and linguistic spaces. A central concern traversing his practise is an exploration of vocality and the condition of the voice, both symbolically and materially, within the human ecology. We are primarily social beings by and through the voice, we speak of giving ‘voices’ to disenfranchised communities, of creating platforms for ‘voices’ to be heard, of institutional ‘voices’, et al. Different voices, shaped at the intersection of the material and the metaphorical, mediate our world yet their existence as disembodied signifying structures cannot be detached from their material source. The voice, tied to the body and entwined with the external environment exists as the very texture of the social but also as an intimate kernel of subjectivity.
Whilst on the social residency Nathaniel will be looking at the role of performance in the public and social spheres. He is interested in how demotic forces present in the North East have progressively struggled against the dominance of given power structures, traversing through the performance art collective ‘The Basement Group’, to T. Dan Smiths comprehensive devolutionary programs to contemporary ‘Forum Theatre’ workshops.

Alongside this he is particularly interested in understanding the city and surrounding area more from talking with artists and people that live and work there. Nathaniel would like to extend an invitation for people to meet with for a cuppa, a studio visit, a meander through town, a bike ride or just a chat. He looks forward to spending the month in Newcastle and meeting and chatting with you. Please do get in touch if you are interested in meeting and speaking further: