Dr Jude Walton




Victoria University, Australia


Melbourne based dance and performance artist Jude Walton works across film, visual art and performance, making installations, books, and time-based interventions/situations. As an ensemble of works they generate a poetics of ephemeral practice concerned with bodies, in place/s and time/s stretching over the past twenty years. Jude teaches theory and studio practice in performance studies in the School of Communication and the Arts, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a key practitioner in debates now current about dance as a gestural and mark making practice and has just completed her PhD based on the artists’ book collection at the National Art Library of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
She has given a number of performed lectures: Between Text and Space for Writing Encounters at York St John University, York, Dancing the book: dust detritus remains for the Faculty of Fine Arts Forum, Monash University (2008), and Dancing the book: a detournment at the National Art Library of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2007).


Trace, Mark, Scribble: the dancing body on the page of the artist's book


In a recent research project conducted at the National Art Library of the Victoria & Albert Museum I explored what potential there might be for performance, or an expanded notion of performing, to be found and/or created in book form. For instance, how might a book dance, rehearse its contents? What relationships can be found or forged between the body and the artist's book? Inserted between these reverberations of bodies and books are suggestions, proposals towards dance and performance: thoughts on how artist-made books might embody and enact meaning and how reading and interpretation could be an act of performance in a book. The paper discusses how a book might retain the imprint of the movement and energy of the action of its making, and where signs and traces of the body, its living presence, are to be found within it's pages. It considers the possible proprioception of the book: its kinaesthetic qualities, writing and the shared terminology with the body for example footnotes, headers, the body of the text, and how these relationships have been formed and continue through the design of type faces and the process of printing.


Wednesday 28 September


11:00am - 12.30pm






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