17 January 2015


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07 January 2014

22 July 2013

11 July 2013

Tuning Up

                  Tuning Up
             Relaxation and contraction
             Alertness and control

Fundamental movements of walking, running, swaying, skipping and galloping

Tuning Up
performance (with Samuel Chappel - piano), 2013
Tuning Up combines an orated script, piano improvisation and choreography of moveable textile screens, text and images as a live performance.

The script explores the pedagogy of music and movement, alongside fragments of fictional texts, poems and stream of consciousness. The disjointed narrative is accompanied by live piano improvisation and the staging of moveable textile screens with text works and images, broken down into 'scenes' relating to each passage in the script.

The work sits somewhere between concrete poetry, lecture and dance - crossing these boundaries and exploring the possibilities for musical accompaniment to voice.

25 April 2013

In the boom of the tingling strings

In the boom of the tingling strings
solo exhibition
15 April - 10 May

In the boom of the tingling strings considers how domestic music-making can operate as a social activator, the role of the amateur musician within society and the cultural and social significance of the piano, as an emblem of social mobility and aspiration.

Historically, the piano could be seen as a signifier of the rise of the middle class. From its origins as entertainment for western aristocracy; to becoming the main source of music within the home until the early/mid 20th century, and most recently, ‘piano fever’ in China - as the popularity of piano lessons for the children of the expanding middle classes has reached unprecedented heights, with factories producing over 100,000 pianos a year.

Gillard is interested in the notion of ‘practice’ or ‘rehearsal’ in a musical context and revealing this private or solitary act in a more public domain. The installation Practice, invites professional and amateur musicians to use the gallery as a rehearsal space. At specific times throughout the exhibition, musicians of all abilities will practice non-amplified music, making use of the baby-grand piano, moveable seating and acoustic screens. Visitors are invited to view the rehearsals, pushing the normally solitary or closed activity into the realm of performance. The music played, with its mistakes, repetitions and slips, will become the soundtrack for the exhibition, shifting the meaning and relationships between works.

As Furniture, As Discipline is a song essay performed to camera by the artist’s mother, sisters and nieces. The melody is adapted from ‘I Love You Truly’, (Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1913), the first song written a woman to sell over 1 million copies of sheet music. The lyrics, written by the artist, explore female identity and piano playing - an activity that could be perceived as both oppressive and emancipative in the 19/20th century. The sentimental tune and the hymn-like quality of the lyrics contrasts with the modern context and obvious effort and discomfort of the performers. Both humorous and strange in its domesticity, the video poses questions about the place of amateur music making within the home, family relationships and gender-specific activities.

In Ear training/ Rhythm/ Notation/ Technique/ Improvisation/ Sight reading/ Memorization/ Repertoire, (8min), a male voice recites a monologue using piano pedagogy, autobiographical and fictional narratives, word chords and bad musical jokes.
A fragmented narrative combining casual reminiscences and informative texts addresses the dual function of a piano as both an instrument and an object, heavy with cultural and personal references.

The text works in the exhibition explore the relationship between writing, performance and music. Word Chord 1, 2, 3 function as both scores (playable on the piano) and concrete poems. Texts for a piano plinth expand on the relationship between the piano and musicians/non musicians, using fictional narratives, poetry and autobiographical referenc

12 April 2013


nearly here....

20 March 2013


Ear training/ Rhythm/ Notation/ Technique/ Improvisation/ Sight reading/ Memorization/ Repertoire, 2013
changing installation and performance for prepared piano and voice 
feat. Lorraine Liyanage and Klemens Koehring

For Bobby's Recital (Bryony Gillard, Jenny Moore), Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London, 8 March - 6 April 2013

25 February 2013

Bobby's Recital
Bryony Gillard, Jenny Moore
Standpoint Gallery
45 Coronet Street, London 


'An exhibition in several acts'

What is an object that is used as ‘prop’ in a performance, but as a ‘sculpture’ in an ongoing exhibition? How does the word ‘practice’ change it’s meaning between artist and musician? Where do we draw the boundaries between the protagonist / the participant / the audience / the event? 

On the opening night, Jenny Moore will present The Succulents and Other Stories, or Life/Work Balance: a performance in seven movements for OHP, xylophone, guitar, voice, projection, balloons and literary heroes. The continuing exhibition will include instruments, logos, and books for both looking at and moving.

Bryony Gillard will install a baby-grand piano in the gallery, presented as both an instrument/device, and as item of furniture or pedestal. Through a series of ‘acts’ (performance, sound, instructional and narrative texts, and ambiguous objects), the ‘prepared piano’ embodies the Classroom, Stage, Studio and Living room. 

06 January 2013




23 October 2012

The Roman Kaiser Archive
Text piece
Commissioned for To Arrive Where We Started, a publication edited by Laura Smith & Robert Chilton for What We Have Done, What We Are About To Do at CCA, Glasgow.

A number of artists and writers were invited to imagine a journey through time to an archive of their choosing, either existing or fictional.

My contribution above imagines an archive of smells, realized as a poem/text work.