24 November, 12pm–5pm

Artists Joe Moran, Tessa Norton, Rachael Rosen and collaborators invite you to join them for a presentation of new work and in-progress research. To book a place, including options with transport from Cambridge, go to our Eventbrite page here.

Residency Event


12pm: Gallery exhibition Warm Worlds and Otherwise is open. Lunch is available to purchase.

1pm: Welcome from Wysing Curators John Eng Kiet Bloomfield and Lotte Juul Petersen.

1.10pm: Tessa Norton with poet Lucy Mercer. Tessa Norton has been visiting Wysing throughout the year with her family, working on a publication inspired by the rupture to time that accompanies early parenthood. She will be joined by poet Lucy Mercer, winner of the White Review Poet's Prize, for a reading and a conversation. Among other things, they will be considering time, space, ghosts, grief, the limitations of the figure of the mother as imagined by contemporary literature and auto-fiction, and to what extent the parent and child relationship intersects with mysticism.

2.30pm: Break with coffee and light refreshments available from Beanissimo.

3pm: Rachael Rosen with Henry Rodrick. Rachael Rosen will present a live performance of pOrtals with collaborator Henry Rodrick. pOrtals is a collaborative world-building and storytelling exercise that has progressed through many iterations. For this presentation, Rosen will invite Roddick to explore the world of pOrtals, triggering an ever-evolving sound collage.

3.45-4pm: Break with coffee and light refreshments available from Beanissimo.

4pm: Joe Moran with Tora Hed, Moronfolouwa Odiamayo and Oihana Vesga. Joe Moran presents Before We Are Dead, a work-in-progress performance performed by Moran and dancers, Tora Hed, Moronfolouwa Odiamayo and Oihana Vesga, in counterpoint to new drawings and spray paint works. Throughout the year Moran’s research has dealt with expanded notions of choreography in drawing, extended and non-performative temporality in performance, and how a visual art framing may help unfix and disrupt dance’s historical linearity.

5pm: Event ends

The gallery exhibition Warm Worlds and Otherwise will be open throughout the event. The exhibition is artist Anna Bunting-Branch’s first major solo exhibition, staging an ambitious, experimental new work in Virtual Reality.

If you have questions about access needs, please email Wysing’s Head of Operations, Ceri Littlechild, on ceri.littlechild@wysingartscentre.org

For your information, when purchasing food, we only accept cash.

Joe Moran is a British-Irish choreographer with a wide-ranging practice incorporating touring theatre and gallery works, lecture-performance, works on paper and curatorial projects. His work tackles contemporary propositions in dance, performance and critical thought. Recent commissions and performances include Bluecoat (2018), Kettle’s Yard (2018), Sadler’s Wells (Sept 2017), Whitechapel Gallery (2017), Delfina Foundation (2016), Block Universe/fig-2 at the ICA (2015) in collaboration with sculptor Eva Rothschild, David Roberts Art Foundation (Frieze 2014), Nottingham Contemporary (2014), and The Place Prize (2013). Joe is Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation through which his performance and curatorial work is produced, Dance4 Associate Artist, Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist (2015-2018) and was a UK Associate at Delfina Foundation (2016). He curated Dance Art Foundation’s two-year research programme Why Everyone Wants What We’ve Got and organises its ongoing Dance Critical Theory Group. As a dancer Joe worked with many distinguished choreographers including Deborah Hay (USA), Siobhan Davies (Bank project UK), Florence Peake (UK) and Pontus Pettersson (Sweden). His adaptation of Deborah Hay’s solo At Once and lecture-performance on the work has toured widely in the UK and internationally.

Tessa Norton works primarily with text and events. Past projects and events include Marriage is Punishment for Shoplifting in Some Countries (Flat Time House, London), The Pure Ideology Personal Brand Workshop (Legion TV, London) and Lustre Fabrics (Saltaire Arts Trail, Yorkshire). Her art writing has appeared in various publications including The Wire, LAUGH, Hoax and Art Licks, and recent readings include Shady Todmorden and Liverpool Biennial.

Rachael Rosen Ltd Ed. is a transmedia artist from the UK who makes use of sound environments and possible play spaces to explore the fissure between author/ reader and online/offline environments. Rosen is known for her atmospheric live sound collage, as well as her ongoing project pOrtals, a world-building and storytelling exercise, which began in 2014 and has included collaborative output with Quantum Natives and Werkflow. She is currently studying an MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths; has previously been an artist in residence at Rupert, Vilnius LT (2017) and Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada (2016); performed commissioned work at HeK, Basel (2018), Issue Project Room, New York (2017), New Forms Festival, Vancouver (2016), and the ICA, London (2015); and presented work as part of group show, Vaporents, at VOIDOID Archive, Glasgow (2016).