by ICA London
“Time becomes plastic. Your experience of time morphs................And when you come out of it, on the strong days right before the next scheduled infusion, all of that time compresses into blurry waves of noise.” Xeni Jardin
Time is defined by and within the human experience yet the dominance of ‘linear’ time prevails. We are inextricably linked with time, ‘Life’ is measured in time.
Depending on particular situations our experience of time can be elusive, appear stretched, accelerated, and on occasions all too specifically in synch with defined parameters. Audio recordings, film, Internet, and photography are some of the means by which we choose to mark ‘times’. Such documentary methods signify our need to externalise particular events and also to activate memories.
‘Bioschismic’ is created solely from audio and photographic documentation of Xeni’s time spent receiving chemotherapy. The repetitive drip drip rhythm of the toxic chemicals measured in precise doses over a specific period of time provide the prospect of extending (life) time. Time is the dominant force yet the effects of the drugs change the experience of time to a space that is other worldly - a different time zone - a schism within and for life itself.
Cosey Fanni Tutti
‘Bioschism’ - inspired and made possible by Xeni Jardin
Cosey Fanni Tutti (b. 1951, Hull, England) began her career in music and art in 1969.
Her work includes her seminal Magazine Actions from the late Seventies, performances with COUM Transmission (1974-1976), sound experimentations with Throbbing Gristle (1976-2010) and continuing musical exploration, solo or under the aegis of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti comprise Cosey’s diverse, and comprehensive practice.
Cosey’s work has featured in institutional exhibitions around the world for over three decades, significantly and more recently this includes Tate Britain’s new collection display, Has the Film Already Started?, 2011; Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London, 2009; Panic Attack, Barbican, London;WACK! Art & The Feminist Revolution, MOCA, Los Angeles, 2007; and It’s Time for Action, Migros Museum, Zurich, 2006. She currently lives and works in Norfolk.
Nominated by ICA
Image caption: Cosey Fanni Tutti 'Bioschismic'
This work is part of ICA SOUNDWORKS - www.ica.org.uk/soundworks