Contemporary Collaborations Artist Announcement
From the 5th of November, Fiona Glen will share ‘Gently As Our Days Bite’- a series of written, spoken and visual stories from objects in the RYA collection. Over the next three months, these stories will be released online each Thursday on Instagram via @contemporary_collaborations, and can be revisited on the RYA website.
Antiques are survivors, travellers, and witnesses to the ebb and flow of many human lives. Looking at the RYA collection, Fiona saw personalities and histories inscribed in each artefact. Each was crafted, by hand, by people whose lives are so far from and yet so close to ours today. Whether an object was precious or practically useful, symbolic or mundane, it has endured, gathering marks and leaving its own imprint. ‘Gently As Our Days Bite’ is an act of listening to eleven objects – of hearing what memories might be murmuring in their material, of following the tangled threads of their possible stories, and of reading their characters, forged between the tenderness and brutality of human time and touch.
Fiona Glen is a writer and artist interested in lifeforms and lifeworlds of all kinds, and kindness in relations between humans and other things. In October 2019, Glen was commissioned by the ICA In Production and BBC New Creatives to create an 18-minute audio work from the perspective of five objects scattered through the streets of London in the wake of environmental protests. In May 2019, Glen performed a 15-minute piece about desire in measurement at London’s Science Museum. She has recently written a performance text for artist duo Arvid&Marie that voices the creation myth of a geoengineering AI. Her writing has been published by Aesthetica, NOIT Journal, Art & the Public Sphere, and Harper Collins as part of Letters to the Earth. Glen is also a creative copywriter for a live experience agency. For her final MA Writing project at the Royal College of Art, she is working on a tentacular text that follows the octopus into far-flung corners of contemporary culture and thought.