Special Project 2018 - Louise Ashcroft

Gleaning dozens of surprisingly evocative words from Deptford X’s recently authored Data Protection Policy document, Louise Ashcroft has made a list of poetic couplets, (e.g. Loop Fields, Train Wave, Transparent Forms, Stage Harm, Fleshing Board). She will interpret these title-like micro poems by creating performances, objects and experimental social experiences for local communities and individuals, particularly those whose creativity is sometimes undervalued or overstretched - including the festival staff. This might involve jazz running, stargazing, the belly button of a Trustee, and a trip to a birthplace.

From now until the festival in later September, Louise invites members of the public to post her a drawing that relates to their life and she will reply in drawing form, beginning an ongoing drawing conversation. Include a stamped addressed envelope.*

This idea responds to two words in DeptfordX’s GDPR document - Paper Relationship.

*Drawings may be published by either party; participants can choose to remain anonymous.

*The address to send drawing letters to is Louise Ashcroft, Deptford X, Ground Floor, Norfolk House, 9 Brookmill Rd. SE8 4HL.

Louise Ashcroft is trying to overthrow capitalism but keeps getting distracted by the new Nike SB Lunar One-Shots. She makes performances and installations which recontextualise objects and observations discovered through fieldwork in ordinary places like shopping malls, strangers’ houses, or trade fairs.

She has shown widely including at Latitude Festival, The Government Art Collection, Arebyte, Artsadmin, BBC iPlayer, Boring conference, Koppel Project, Turner Contemporary, Coastal Currents Festival, TEDx Hackney, with publicly engaged residencies at Tate and Camden Arts Centre. Louise runs the comical performance night Unperforming, is co-founder of free art school AltMFA, and teaches at Goldsmiths and UCA.

Louise Ashcroft is based in London.

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