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Select a StudentHannah Mary Taylor
Hannah Mary Taylor
Video, Installation and Live performance.
In a society where digital space or non-space is becoming prevalent in how we remember and mourn for our dead in response to the formation of digital ghosts (the holding of our personal information and profiles in a purgatorial space, even after death), how do we take ownership of our responsibility to remember and bury the remains of our dead in both physical and digital space.
By performing the archive of lost stories of 'Death Midwives'; women who performed a gendered role within society by preparing the bodies of the dead for the men to read the rites of passage to deliver the soul unto the afterlife, over layered with an account of the present people in the environment, the artist explores our responsibility of remembering and caring for our dead, the performance of subjecthood within death and reclaims control of the information, the archive of the live work that consumed her subjecthood and presents a fragmentation of time, occurring through the live stream, the video of previous performances of archiving and the disembodied self within digital space.
Do these spiritual spaces or digital ghosts exist if the rituals are not being performed?
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Contemporary Art Practice
Contemporary Art Practice: Performance Pathway
Realised in live art and installations, the practise explores physical trauma, neurosis and catharsis through public engagement in the act of ritual.
Currently, the research has ventured into questioning the ethics behind Western burial techniques and how this specific capitalist burial market dehumanises death and causes anxiety.
Most recent works explore the relationship between humans within death and investigate who is responsible to care for the dead. It critiques the questionable notion of debt possessing the power to keep a soul from being released or transcended and what this means in a digital age where agency is taken away from our personal information and digital mourning, digital ghosts and virtual embalming are becoming embedded within our understanding of grief and remembrance.
Director of the Asylum Art Gallery
A permanent member of disORDER Live Art Collective
Currently a member of the Black Hole Club residency
- BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, Aberystwyth University
- Director, The Asylum Art Gallery and Studio, Wolverhampton, 2017–present; Exhibitions assistant, Chelsea Arts Club, 2018–present
- 'The Dry Womb' (Solo Show), Stryx Gallery, Birmingham, 2018; 'Ripe' (Solo Show), Asylum Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 2015; 'Synaesthetics' (Solo Show), Asylum Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 2016; 'Black Hole Club' (Group Show), Vivid Projects, Birmingham, 2019; 'Curiously down beneath' (Group Show), Bath Fringe Arts Festival, Temporary Festival Gallery 2, 2018; 'Dyschronia' (Group Show), Studio 9294, disORDER part 1, London, 2019; 'Remains' (Group Show), Studio 9294, disORDER part 1, London, 2019; 'Slow Cooker', Stryx Gallery Residency, Birmingham, 2017; 'Curiously down beneath', Revolve Festival, Sweden, 2018,; Mask Workshop in collaboration with Panic Attack Duo, South London Gallery, 2019; 'The Dry Womb', Work-in-progress Show, The Royal College of Art, 2018; 'Ripe', 'The Great Divide' (Group Show), Ovada Gallery, Oxford, 2018
- Creative BlackCountry Funding