ARTIST WORKSHOP: Personal Archaeology with James Knott

“PERSONAL ARCHAEOLOGY” Auto-Iconography in Self Mythologizing Art Practices

A free online workshop in conjunction with the Virtual Vitrine by James Knott

Saturday, 19th June, 2-3:30PM

In what ways can artists imbue objects with personal meanings so as to create mythologies about their own personal histories? James Knott performs an autopsy over their performance practice to excavate the recurring objects and motifs they employ as semiotic tools to explore personal narratives in a poetic way. 

Culminating in a short show and tell, participants can share an object or motif of personal significance. 

Workshop Setup/Requirements: It is recommended that participants bring an object of their own for the show and tell at the end of the workshop, but this is completely voluntary.

To register for this workshop, email [email protected]

James Knott‘s performance-based practice combines theatre, video, and audio art to create immersive and emotionally resonant experiences for the viewer. Currently their practice looks to house personal narratives and queer experience through poetic retellings, self mythologizing, and auto-iconographic aestheticism. Explored themes include: paradoxical and queer identity, inner dialogue, mental illness, and camp theatrics. Recent projects have placed an emphasis on movement/gesture, queer personae, archetypes of desire, and the commodification of the femme body.

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