Heather Phillipson: the nylon tricot hi-cut one-piece


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    Heather Phillipson, the nylon tricot hi-cut one-piece

Past Event

This event was on Thurs 6 August, 7pm

Writer in Residence, Heather Phillipson’s new audiovisual event addresses the heart as an overworked emotional motif and overworked muscle.

Through video, music, sculptural props and live and recorded speech and song, the nylon tricot hi-cut one-piece trashes the heart’s stylistic representations and reboots bodily imperatives. Mixing ideographs, pop lyrics, emotive connections and linguistic clichés, alongside the heart’s own tropes of rhythm, repetition, tonal-shifts and poetic mis-readings, the event proposes a musical and biological hybrid.

The heart is asserted as a mass-produced machine, exposed to love, sex, anxiety, stimulants, work-outs and dance music, and as a highly subjective, fatal core.


Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, music, drawing, text and live events. In 2015, Phillipson will present solo projects at the Istanbul Biennial, Performa New York, Schirn Frankfurt, Sheffield Doc Fest, Opening Times (otdac.org), and will be artist in residence at Wysing Arts Centre. Recent solo exhibitions include: Bunker259 (New York); Dundee Contemporary Arts; Grundy Art Gallery; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; and a video commission for Random Acts, Channel 4 television. Recent events include: Assembly, Tate Britain; the flavour of cooling enormities, Serpentine Gallery; Nuovo Monde, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and BOG-STANDARD REFRESHER, a live music event at the ICA, London. Phillipson is also an award-winning poet with publications by Faber and Faber, Bloodaxe and Penned in the Margins, and was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014. She is currently Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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