chapter  30
7 Pages

Language, Lips And Legacy

A pedlar’s life for me
WithTracy Mackenna

The chapter and the related animation explore how writing in situ, as part of an artistic practice, can oscillate between monologue, dialogue, essay, poetics, reflection, research and documentation, within a space that hovers between subjective and objective knowledge. A key idea is that a subject can be revealed through simultaneous production of creative and critical text in the site of, and during, making that takes place in public and that includes audiences. Performative art projects spanning 1994–2012 are presented in collaged form to enable the reader to build an understanding of the criticality inherent in live processes of exploration described through consideration of the roles of the artwork, exhibition, embedded multidisciplinary gatherings and the artist’s live presence.