Cally Spooner


No holds barred, no conditions, one field

Cally Spooner took as her starting point a filmed conversation in a restaurant, published on the Daily Mail website between Lance Armstrong, his sports masseuse, a silent journalist, and an off-camera saxophonist. The interview was presented as a natural situation but was quite clearly stage managed. Following an analysis of this interview it was then re-enacted, interspersed with a number of visual devices which offered clues to what the conversation would reveal.

Cally Spooner lives and works in London. Using theory, philosophers, current affairs and pop cultural figures as alibis to help her write, and casts of arguing characters to help her perform, Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive theatre plays, looping monologues and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behaviour of speech. Recent work has explored how high performance economies have affected speaking as a live, undetermined event. Her work includes writing, film, live performance, and broadcasting. Spooner’s productions have been presented at Performa 13, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; KW Institute, Berlin; Wysing Art Centre,UK; Jeu De Paume, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London. Cally Spooner is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2013.

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