The Right to Change Your Mind – working with personal biography over time
Melanie Jame Wolf
A RADAR workshop about working with personal biography over time
Led by artist Melanie Jame Wolf (she/her), this workshop is for artists who have made, or who are developing work, based on their own biographical material and stories, particularly in live art and performance contexts.
Artists often begin to make their own work by drawing on their personal biography. There is often encouragement from institutions, mentors, teachers, producers and peers to ‘tell your story’ or ‘speak from what you know’. For people from marginalised backgrounds and experience, making these works can provide more platforms and opportunities for their work. The market for personal biography also creates vulnerabilities for artists as these stories become public.
Some of these vulnerabilities might include: presenting solo work to communities very different from your own, being asked to speak on life experiences and political questions that have nothing to do with the work, the tabloidisation of your biography by theatre and venue press departments, the failure of press and institutions to understand that a marginalised experience isn’t necessarily a traumatic one, that an artist’s story is prioritised over their art.
What will you do?
The workshop will focus on creating press riders, holding a space to consider the vulnerability and discomfort of presenting to audiences both on stage and in talks, and mapping your boundaries around your work. We will also build a sense of entitlement to shift those boundaries as you desire across time, as much as you like. The aim is to equip artists with a practical tool kit for identifying and protecting their boundaries around their life stories across their careers as artists.
This workshop is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.
- Closed captions will be provided with Otter.ai
- BSL interpretation is available on request. When you book, book a ‘BSL user’ ticket so we know if BSL is required, please allow two weeks’ notice of booking so we can arrange this.
- The event takes place on Zoom. We recommend that you download Zoom on to your device prior to the event. Please see this easy read guide to Zoom put together by our friends Access All Areas.
- We will have a guardian in the online workshop at all times, so if you ever feel unwell or unsafe, they will be able to support you.
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Date and time
14 July 2021
This is now a past event.