13.00 / North Gallery
In Summer 2017 artist Tess Denman-Cleaver and local residents used performance-based strategies for reading and navigating The Waste Land. They mapped Eliot’s landscapes, built waste land soundscapes, stole gestures from the poem and made fragmentary slide shows.
This listening event is an opportunity to hear a collective and intimate reading of The Waste Land shaped by the group’s personal relationships to the poem. Their reading is informed by collaborative enquiry into how The Waste Land resonates with lives lived in and around Margate today. It offers a multi-vocal, unpractised alternative to the performed voices of Eliot and the professional actors who have previously tackled the text for recording.
‘In the waste land’ has been created through a Turner Contemporary workshop programme lead by artist Tess Denman-Cleaver, delivered in partnership with The Richmond Fellowship and the Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust, and supported by Porchlight’s Live Well Innovation Fund. Workshop group members include Chris Bradley, Jemma Channing, Des Cordery, Ange Fox, Claire Garrard and Ron Harbridge. With thanks to everyone else who contributed along the way.