March, April and August

Phoebe Collings-James and Last Yearz Interesting Negro/ Jamila Johnson-Small will create a collaborative work embodied through a symbiotic relationship between dance, music and sculpture, asking what an anti-assimilationist practice might look and sound like in 2018. 

Phoebe Collings-James and Last Yearz Interesting Negro/ Jamila Johnson-Small are at the early stages of drawing together a live performance and are looking for others to participate in this research who might be interested in musical percussion, voice work and vocal manipulation, performance of sound/music, cultures of ‘black expression’, hybridity and embodied practices.These can be existing professional interests, relate to your academic research or just be areas of curiosity. 

They are seeking collaborators who can join them at Wysing during late March and early April. Travel, accomodation and food will be covered alongside an honorarium.

To find out how to get involved, download the PDF of information here.

Phoebe Collings-James is a Jamaican British artist, born in London and living in New York. Her practice is intentionally messy and sprawling, focused on how we live with getting bodied.

Her works take form in drawing, video, sculpture, text and music, with a distinctly corporeal approach. She burdens ubiquitous materials with a process of symbolic layering, all in order to explore emotional connections to the politics and erotics of violence, language and fear.

Phoebe’s work has been exhibited internationally - exhibitions include Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum Harlem, ATROPHILIA, Company Gallery, New York, Just Enough Violence, Arcadia Missa, London, Choke on your Tongue, Artuner at ICI, London, The Flesh Is All You Have If You Mortify That There Is No Hope For You, Ritter Zamet Gallery, London and Blood on the Leaves Blood on the Roots, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City. 

Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small makes shows that work with in-between spaces, syncopation, trance states, internal narratives, intensities, electronic music, and small dances to affect/disrupt/deflect/distort/reflect gaze(s) directed towards her body. Resultant choreographies are stage/dreamspace/battleground, working through questions of presence, visibility, responsibility and pleasure, building atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning.

She uses things that are already there, rearranging them in an effort to encounter combinations that resonate with the horror, discomfort, cringe, confusion and sensuality of this contemporary moment. Of Caribbean descent, born and based in London she has formed long term collaborations with other artists including Project O with Alexandrina Hemsley, immigrants and animals with Mira Kautto.

More recently she performs in work by Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, runs HOTLINE with Sara Sassanelli, and GUSH with David Panos, a semi-regular low-key DIY event.