Archive Broadcast: David Toop in-conversation with Conal McStravick and Irene Revell

“If we’re going to use this wretched term, then let’s be clear about who was innovating in it”
Saturday 25 July, 2-6pm

Join us for the first event as part of Electra’s residency at Wysing across the Summer. Electra curates, commissions and produces projects by artists working across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts.

Electra Residency Event


- David Toop in-conversation with Conal McStravick and Irene Revell
- A video programme of early works by Stuart Marshall
- A performance programme collaboratively developed during the first fortnight of the  residency by Lisa Busby, Cathy Lane, Holly Ingleton and Lucy Reynolds

For this event Electra will make public two intersecting strands of enquiry that they will be exploring during their time at Wysing; the feminist performance score, and the early sound works and video of Stuart Marshall (1949-1993).

The event takes its title from a comment made by David Toop in a recent interview conducted by artist Conal McStravick with Electra's Irene Revell, referring to “sound art”, but which might equally refer to the proposition of the “feminist performance score”. With a shared interest in the politics of Marshall’s work in sound and move towards video, McStravick and Revell will continue the interview with Toop at Wysing, focusing on Marshall’s overlooked legacy in the history of sound art.

The conversation will be in dialogue with the audience, will be recorded, and will form part of McStravick’s research project Learning in a Public Medium; researching the work of the late British video artist and its contemporary resonances. The event will include a video programme of Marshall’s early video works, alongside others.

In parallel the afternoon will see a performance programme including Lisa Busby’s Negotiating with the Dead: A self-help programme for composers, 2014, an instruction score inspired by the Margaret Atwood text of the same name, alongside work collaboratively developed by Busby, Cathy Lane, Holly Ingleton and Lucy Reynolds during the first fortnight of the residency.

Further individual and collaborative new performances developed in this period will form Electra’s programme for Wysing’s Space-Time: The Multiverse festival, 5 September, alongside other work including a new performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Saxual Orientation (1977) with Verity Susman (tenor), Sue Lynch (tenor), Artur Vidal (alto) and Adrian Northover (soprano).

Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary afternoon.