De-tonation, Virginia Barratt, Eve Klein, AnA Wojak, Somatechnics Conference, Byron Bay, December 2016

The Expanse of a Dead Open Mouth, Queensland School of Contintental Philosophy, Brisbane, October 2016

B.A.B.S., Virginia Barratt, Amy Ireland, Francesca da Rimini, performance, BC Institute, 20th Biennale of Sydney

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For the 20th Biennale of Sydney, BC Institute created an evolving archive of performance art told from a multiplicity of perspectives. Through participatory performance, re-enactment and lectures, ‘Making History’ examined how feminist methodologies and alternative historiographical approaches can be used to reimagine past acts and events in the here-and-now. Participants included Amy Ireland, Anne Marsh, Eugene Choi, Francesca da Rimini, Mike Parr, Richard Bell, Salote Tawale with Get to Work, Sunday School, and Virginia Barratt.

Thanks to the revival of interest in enigmatic performance artist Barbara Cleveland, a growing catalogue of her works throughout the 1970s is surfacing. It is now well known that Cleveland’s practice was driven by questions of time, myth, and memory fused with an interrogation of the limits of gender and class and their inscription on the body. The incantatory nature of her surviving texts can be read as a proto-ritual for a complex act of self-dissolution. Virginia Barratt, Francesca da Rimini and Amy Ireland pick up the threads of Cleveland’s work beyond the date of her alleged disappearance, weaving a trans-temporal mesh of performative feminist texts. Their intervention involves a re-performance of a long lost script, designed to be executed, as Cleveland would have urged, upon and among the bodies of many.

VNS Matrix, performance (25th anniversary of the Cyberfeminist Manifesto for 21st Century), Femflix, Sydney College of the Arts, August, 2016

Paper Presentation, “!panic! ictic Vocalities” Conversations on Writing, Berlin Colloquium: Writing as Research, Presented by Cultural Studies, The University of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Writing and Society Research Centre, Institute for Cultural History and Theory,Humboldt University, Berlin, 8th July 2016

Paper Presentation, “!panic! ictic Vocalities” Lire Pour Faire International Colloquium, Université Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle, 30th June – 1st July 2016

“panic vocalities”, lecture, Elsewhere and Otherwise, Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme, France, June 23rd-29th 2016
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Panelist: ‘Artist-run initiatives: DIY change agents?’ “Ephemeral Traces” Public Program, Univerity of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 9th April 2016

Performative reading “!panic! ictic vocalities”, Innovation and Aesthetics in Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics Conference, Alley Cat Books, San Francisco April 2016


Performance, “!panic! ictic vocalities”, Tuning Speculation III, York University, Toronto, November 2015

Barratt V and da Rimini F, headline speakers, “Hexing the Alien” The Cyborg, Disruption Network Lab, Berlin, 30th May 2015
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Barratt V and da Rimini F, headline speakers, The CLICK Festival of Arts, Science and Technology Futures, Culture Yard, Helsingør, Denmark 14 – 17 May 2015

 Barratt V, D’ath F, Sommer D, Spellfish N, this poem is not a panic, performance, Kunsthaus KuLe, Berlin, 9th July, 2016

 Barratt V, Spellfish N, !panic! ictic sonologies, performance, Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme, France
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Reading, Poésie Guérrière, Lire Pour Faire International Colloquium, Université Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1st July 2016

 Barratt V, da Rimini F, Ireland A, “BABShunter”, Brown Council’s “Making History” residency, Biennale of Sydney, May 2016

Barratt V and Boyd A, “the dead end”, Unnamed laneway, Brisbane, April 2016 as part of “Ephemeral Traces” Public Program, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, April 2016
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Barratt and Boyd website

Barratt V, da Rimini F, Ireland A, performing as “WHOIS”, “echolalia, golden iterations”, performative reading, Experimentalities Symposium, University of Adelaide, September 2015

Barratt V and Ireland A, “X”, Hauntings, First Draft, Woolloomooloo, September 2015
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Barratt V and da Rimini F w Neha Spellfish performing as “skin of rivers”, “the oracle of drones”Transmétic”, Lewisham Arthouse, London, 22nd May 2015

Cryptocrystalline: Technomancy (divination) GOLD: Performative reading, Cementa 15, Kandos, NSW 13th April 2015

“Dis(re)membering the Corpus”, poetry reading, Aesthetics After Finitude, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art and Design, Sydney February 2015