Live Performance, 1h
Fiona Davies and Audrey Newton
Before Bed is an intimate experimental reading collective located in Sydney, Australia founded by interdisciplinary artist, Audrey Newton in 2019. Before Bed encourages a shared, interconnected, and comfortable reading and listening experience for its audience. For the 2021 Unfix Festival, Before Bed will extend its invitation to international guests and will ask its guests to return the favour by participating and reading to its Australian audience.
Before bed invites readers and listeners to come together in exchange before it is time to sleep. The focus of this exchange is for the participants to read to the audience, and be read to. Before Bed is collaborative in nature and invites participants to choose a 500-1000 word reading in response to the theme of ‘Touch.’ Readings can be the participant’s own or excerpts from essays, novels, poems, news reports, novellas or theory. The possibilities are left to the reader to decide.
Before Bed is not the time to multi-task. It is the time to slow down and listen to readings or be part of a group of people reading fragments of text about touch. When part of the group of readers you can write a short piece of text or select one by another writer to read. Conversations about the texts build as the sequence layers more and more elements in a random and poetic construction.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Audrey Newton is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and writing. Through her practice, she seeks to understand the agency and peculiarities of materials and physical places and spaces. The formal, furtive, tension-inducing, disruptive and overlooked identities of material and space play an important role in how she dissects images from my imagination, subconscious and my lived experiences.
Audrey completed her Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts in 2018 and exhibited broadly across Sydney at Firstdraft, Tributary Projects, Pari and Campbelltown Arts Centre. She has participated in creative writing and artist residencies at Bankstown Arts Centre and Can Serrat, Barcelona, Pilotenkueche International Art Program, Leipzig and has published work in the Sydney Review of Books.
Fiona Davies is an Australian visual artist whose practice is a trans disciplinary and cross community collaborative investigation into the systems, materials and processes of medicalised death in ICU. She has been awarded a practice led PhD by the University of Sydney and holds a B.Sc, (UNSW), a Bachelor of Visual Art (UWS) and a MFA from Monash University. She has exhibited in 2021 at Campbelltown Art Centre; in 2020 in an online exhibition Shift + Control + Escape at BMCC, Unus Multorium at Plas Bodfa in Wales and the Limestone Coast International Video Festival at Mount Gambier in South Australia. In 2019 she exhibited the installation Woven Architecture at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia, her PhD examination exhibition Cast a Cold Eye on Life, on Death: The Remake: Medicalised Death in ICU at SCA Gallery and a screening of a suite of three videos at the Golden Age Cinema in Sydney.