Preston, Julieanna and collaborators: Lloyd-Thomas, K., Chilies, P., Tofield, T., Howarth, P., Ghazi, E., Davoll, J., De la Haye, D. murmur [performance]. At West Fragment of Town Wall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, 20 April 2017.
The performance murmur offers care to a wall, a broken relic rendering a breeched boundary. How does one tend a wall that while eight centuries old, may have out lived its original purpose to keep in and to keep out? What empathy can be extended to stones as geological sediments and material sentiments of the “murus” to persist, still stand? How might the weak yet stalwart body be nursed in light of a resurgence in values that call for edifices and laws towards a practical and symbolic sign of a strong national defense? While allowing for a spectrum of political positions to play out in the performance, tending to the stone wall as a live material body is the primary objective.