The Feminist Chorus is an ongoing art work, engaging with the question of feminism, authorship and collectivity, that emerged from an exploration of voices speaking texts of feminist wisdom in unison at an impromptu performance event at the Camden Arts Centre, where cut ups of feminist writing were distributed to an unprepared audience. The performance related to the examination of collectivity, feminism and film in the film installation Anthology, for which eighteen women artists conceived film loops based on the revolutions in Gertrude Stein's poetry, whose syntax brought a political force to language and its hidden meanings.
At the Glasgow Women's Library in 2013, a further Feminist Chorus celebrated the work of the library in advocating and empowering women through the printed word, for a spoken word performance specific to the vigorous and committed context of Glasgow feminism. A diverse group of women connected to the library, such as members, local readers and learners, artists and writers, were thus invited to choose books from amongst its shelves, which held strong personal connections as favourite texts or inspirational touchstones.
A Feminist Chorus at Wysing explores collectivity as an intimate and discursive practice, closer to the subjectivities of consciousness-raising than public vocal declamation. Its score is composed from the texts chosen by participants on Electra's Wysing residency (Lisa Busby, Holly Ingleton, Ash Reid, Irene Revell), and its chorus is a record of the dynamics of conversation shared amongst them.
Lucy Reynolds is an artist and writer interested in the generative power of the spaces, discourses and memories of feminism. She has lectured and published extensively, most particularly focused on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space and collective practice. Her most recent published articles include: 'Maya Deren: Thresholds to the Imaginary', International Journal of Screendance, Vol 3, Spring 2013 and 'Wayward Canons and Sacred Spaces: New Forms of Cinephilia in Artists Moving Image,' for Millennium Film Journal, no 59, Spring 2014. Recent projects include Winter Garden, a curated exhibition of performance, installations, writings and screenings at Flattime House, London. Her own films, performances, sound works and installations have shown in galleries and cinemas nationally, most recently in Film in Space at Camden Arts Centre, the Blue Coat gallery touring exhibition 3am: Wonder and Paranoia, and A Feminist Chorus, a collaborative sound work at the Glasgow International Festival 2014 in association with MAP and the Glasgow Women's Library.