Speaking in Tongues — Do It, Show It, Say It

4.30 – 6.30pm

Northumbria University

Charles Danby and Speaking in Tongues present current research and a participatory workshop as part of Northumbria University's Contemporary Art Research Forum (CARF).

Through their project Do It, Show It, Say It, Speaking in Tongues (Hannah Gawne, Natalie Gale and Fiona Larkin) are interested in surfacing the multimodal processes at work when we are making art and examining how we articulate our ‘know how’.

“The workshops we develop draw on and share the tacit understanding of the participants to draft a glossary. It looks at translating our implicit approaches to making, into an open document, a shared lexicon. Is the lab or the studio the place where unknowing is a good starting point, an environment for experience, a space for play? We acknowledge the different kinds of language brought to bear in the studio setting, looking closely at the tacit language of art making which is so often implicit.”

Charles Danby’s current research explores tensions in the sensory knowledge of painting being formalised in language. During this session he shares and discusses some of the case-studies he is collating and analysing in the form of published reviews connected specifically to painting. Surveying the sensory language / terms of reference, Danby is moving towards a more than visual framework for the discussion of painting practices, and considering more expansively, the languages of situation, encounter and multi-sensory articulation. The research is part of his current writing on inter-sensory aspects of contemporary painting.

Squires Building 5.01 Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8SB

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7 May 2024


  • Tue 4.30 – 6.30pm
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