Evening Sessions

Contributors to the evening program of talks, films and gatherings devised by the artist are:
Jo Henderson and sound designer Joao Cordeiro, writer Kevin Davey, actor Isabelle Defaut, Windmill Community Garden’s leader Jules Ellis, filmmaker Neil Henderson, performing duo Lunatraktors, a local activist group Plastic Free Whitstable, artist Sara Trillo, The Selkies, The Improvables Theatre Group, and lecturer/writer Dr Chris Wilbert

Saturday 12th May Start @ 7.30pm Evening with Jo Henderson and Joao Cordeiro
Wednesday 16th May Start @ 7pm Evening with Plastic Free Whitstable
Thursday 17th May Start @ 7pm Evening with Kevin Davey
Friday 18th May Start @ 7.30pm Evening led by Dr Chris Wilbert with guest participants
Saturday 19th May Start @ 7.30pm Evening with Neil Henderson and The Selkies
Sunday 20th May Start @ 7.30pm Evening with Isabelle Defaut
Thursday 24th May Start @ 7.30pm Evening with Sara Trillo
Friday 25th May Start @ 7.30pm Evening with Lunatraktors
Saturday 26th May Start @ 8pm Evening with The Improvables Theatre Group
Sunday 27th May Closing Celebration

 

Evening with Jo Henderson & Joao Cordeiro

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Tickets are £3/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7.30pm

In the Absence of Speech is an experimental multi-media performance created as a response to some of the questions raised by T S Eliot in his poem The Waste Land. Using a combination of live and pre-recorded sound and music, spoken word, text and visual elements, In the Absence of Speech mirrors the structure of the poem to offer a contemporary response to Eliot’s modernist concerns of fragmentation, isolation, trauma, narcissism and the breakdown of society through questioning the many failures of the means of communication including silence. In this way, the performance responds to the project's main question 'Why Do You Never Speak?’

The five-act piece will last for 45 minutes and will culminate in a performance of John Cage’s 4’33”.

In the Absence of Speech is a work created by:

Martin Barbour (sound and guitar)
João Cordeiro (sound, video and theramin)
Cristina Dias (visuals and video)
Jo Henderson (text, spoken word and banjo)

This event is part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is an opportunity for sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land.
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Evening with Plastic Free Whitstable

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Tickets are free.

Food and drink will be on sale

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7pm

Let's talk about plastic: an evening to share ideas, films, food and drink.

Plastic Free Whitstable is a working group of 12 local people who are passionate about reducing plastic use, waste and pollution in our town and seas.

Plastic Free Whitstable formed earlier this year in response to the huge amounts of single use plastic found on the beach cleans, and the recent increasing global concern about plastic pollution after years of not being spoken about. They are aiming to achieve 'plastic-free' status for the town by educating and supporting individuals and businesses to make positive changes.

Come and watch the beautiful, award winning short film Skye's The Limit as well as the premiere of a 4-minute film about Plastic Free Whitstable, join in a discussion about what is happening locally and what we can each do to make a difference.

This event is part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is an opportunity for sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land.
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Evening with Kevin Davey

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Tickets are £2/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7pm

Kevin Davey is the author of Playing Possum, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2017. The novel places T S Eliot in the Duke of Cumberland in Whitstable for one night in 1922, as he is working on The Waste Land.

Kevin will talk about Whitstable at that time, and the ideas about writing and culture being developed by T S Eliot in the early 1920s. He will read extracts from the novel, which has been described as “startlingly original” (TLS), a “playful postmodern masquerade” (Guardian), "a stupendous brainteaser” (New Statesman) and “so serious it is not afraid to be comic and even at times absurd” (Gabriel Josipovici). Playing Possum is a modernist montage of songs, quotations, news stories and incidents from the town’s history informed throughout by a scholarly knowledge of Eliot’s life and work.

Kevin Davey will also preview the works and events commissioned for Why do you never speak? as a whole, considering their connections to themes and features of The Waste Land.

This event is part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is an opportunity for sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land.
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Evening led by Dr Chris Wilbert with guest participants

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Tickets are £2/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7.30pm

At a time when market-based ways of organising politics and economies have squeezed out the wider value of Voice (at least according to the media writer Nick Couldry), ‘Why do you never speak?’ grabs a theory to take a turn at talking about working to make voices matter.

Jules Ellis, Clio Barnard and Chris Wilbert talk about urban community gardens, heritage, film, and sheep farmers, as ways of bringing in to play voices that matter, that are valued, and listened to.

This event is part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is an opportunity for sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land.
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Evening with Neil Henderson and The Selkies

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Tickets are £3/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7.30pm

Neil Henderson is a lecturer and filmmaker whose works has been shown nationally and internationally. His talk/discussion is an informal gathering at which he will present two short films where landscapes are either invented or destroyed - Outer Trial Bank (2012) and Grain Tower (2016).

Outer Trial Bank (16mm/silent/10mins) is centred around a man-made island located off the east coast of England, built as an experiment as part of a wider project into water storage. The project was eventually abandoned and the island is now home to a colony of sea birds. Due to its location (2 miles from the shoreline), tidal water moves in and out of the island every day. Time lapse photography is used to observe the movement of water, light and birds over 12 hours.

Grain Tower (16mm/sound/10mins) is a study of the chimney at the former coal-fired power station on the Isle of Grain, north Kent. Shot in real time on a 400ft roll of 16mm film, the piece functions as an observational study of deindustrialization, duration and synchronisation.

The second part of the evening will bring a performance by The Selkies, contemporary folk-fusion duo from rural Kent consisting of Nou Helm (12 string guitar, ukulele, vocals) and Flo Stirrup (guitar, ukulele, vocals).

Neil Henderson and The Selkies are part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land – this event contemplates human activity, nature and time in a setting that brings the community together around music, food and discussion.
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Evening with Isabelle Defaut

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Tickets are £2/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7.30pm

The workshop on Sunday 20th May will be led by Isabelle Defaut, an actress and theatre maker whose recent work has been heavily influenced by her own personal experience of stillbirth - baby and child loss will be the focus of this event. Whether it be your own experience or someone close to you, we will be creating a safe place for sharing stories and experiences of bereavement in a comforting and supportive environment. Participants will be able to make a piece of bunting as well write letters/messages to children who are no longer with us, both their own or those they once knew.

This event is part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is an opportunity for sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land.
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Evening with Sara Trillo

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Tickets are £2/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7.30pm

Sara Trillo is an artist, lecturer and former associate at Open School East in Margate. She will talk about her explorations of local coastal ecology and activating the ‘wastelands' existing around these sites through narratives and artefacts. The evening will include readings from historical narratives, literary sources, and the artist's own diary entries alongside a scrutiny of, and discussion around, her 'handling collection' of found and fabricated artefacts carrying meanings from those locations.

This evening talk will also enable engagement with artefacts/found objects as well as participation in a discussion to give audience a new perspective and understanding of specific local sites.

Sara Trillo's talk is part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land – this event enables a re-assessment of our sensibilities towards the local environment and recovers aspects of sites usually considered abandoned/empty/unappealing.
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Evening with Lunatraktors

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Tickets are £3/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 7.30pm

LUNATRAKTORS, the ‘broken folk’ duo based in Margate, bridge contemporary live art and folk performance traditions. Formed in 2017 by Carli Jefferson and Clair Le Couteur, their work combines body percussion, harmonic singing, tap/clog dance and live looping in order to create complex soundscapes, inspired by songs from the folk archive. On the night, Carli and Clair will present a performance/workshop exploring non-verbal communication through tone, rhythm and gesture. This will be followed by voice and body percussion interactions and further discussion on the artists’ approaches.

Lunatraktors are part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Sharing and providing insights into the central theme of Turcot’s commission - the intertwined crisis of self and landscape, derived from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land – this event finds new ways to re-connect and ‘speak’.
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Evening with The Improvables Theatre Group

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Tickets are £3/person.

Booking recommended
as the places are limited.

Start @ 8pm

The Improvables are a local improvisation theatre group. Their performance Never speak! Why do you? on Saturday 26th May will take place within and in response to artist Susan Turcot's site-specific gallery installation while also playing with some of T S Eliot’s lines.

The performance is not suitable for children ('When we improvise, we often say rude things! Sorry, it just happens.')

The Improvables are part of the evening programme of talks, films and gatherings devised by artist Susan Turcot for Why do you never speak?, a satellite event to the major exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at Turner Contemporary, Margate.
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We would like to thank ART31, Beach Creative and The Whitstable Umbrella Centre for working with us on reaching wider audiences.