Photo: Antoinette Burchill in Derby, East Midlands

Antoinette Burchill

Artist, Project manager, Writer, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

I am an artist who makes work across the fields of visual art, writing, performance and curatorial practice. Inspired by the clown and the fool, I make mischief that is playful - defiant, teasing and delivered with a dry wit and humour, and often in the form of pranks. The pranks and performances I create instigate dialogues, which are disruptive and imaginatively delinquent. I use a strategy of beguiling discomfort to construct counter-public spheres with publics. Satire, awkwardness and exaggeration are tools I instigate to maintain that beguiling discomfort. This enables the work I create to permeate, rather than to confront; and seeks to blur the boundaries between activism and everyday life. In this context, mischievous pranks have the potential to reveal positions of political and/or hegemonic power, and to humorously propose alternatives. My practice develops the positions taken by Jurgen Habermas and Chantal Mouffe, and considers democracy, dissent and the public sphere, not as abstract and theoretical positions, but ones that are visceral, tangible, embodied, (pace Lefebvre and Benjamin) encountered, experienced and performed. I am currently a PhD Research Scholar at Loughborough University. read full statement

Location Derby, East Midlands
Activities Further education, Practice-based research, Creative writing, Events management, Project management
Artforms / type of project Publication, Intervention, Performance, Research, Text
Tags public sphere, counter-public sphere, publics, democracy, dissent, text, street theatre, mischief, pranks, encounter

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