Artist Cara Tolmie (born 1984, Glasgow) works from within the intersections of performance, music and moving image. Her works probe the site-specific conditions of performance-making by finding ways to vocalise and place her body that access the political and poetic capabilities of physical, written and musical languages. Recent performances, such as Till It Feels Alright (2015) and Incongruous Diva (2016) look more specifically at the affective economies that attach themselves to the role of ‘The Singer’. These works ask questions about whose emotions the singing voice acts as a locus for and tests ways that the performing body can disrupt the flows of value that profit from this voice.
Zoë Poluch & Cara Tolmie Sensory Literacy
Sensory Literacy is a moving-into-writing-into-speaking score practiced and developed by dancer and choreographer Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie, artist working with performance, experimental music and moving image. The score offers a way of translating embodiment, of documenting the sensation of experience, of materializing time travel. In practicing and performing the score (it was used in the performance “Aphelion Slip”) we wonder how the sensory choreography given by the composer is a form of writing and if the sensory experience had by the receiver a form of ‘reading’. How might we see the material produced from this practice as a map of associations, of potentiality and translation? What might this tell us about the condition of our bodies both as readers and writers? What do we lose or gain through this mediation via individual interior experience? What does it mean to relate to this mediated testimony?