Claire Potter: Playhouse (Creep)

Installation image of Playhouse, 2018 by Claire Potter

11 May 2018

6.30pm to 8.30pm

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Claire Potter will present Playhouse (Creep), a restricted reading performance that activates the their sculptural text installation, Playhouse, as part of the exhibition ORGASMIC STREAMING   ORGANIC GARDENING   ELECTROCULTURE.

Potter’s text draws on the cumulative effects of monitoring and the hours spent with one’s senses keenly attuned to the lives of others. Bound up with the materials presented with the installation and performance are those affects, and the labour of intensive listening. The structural binding of bodies — in the most literal sense — of back-to-back housing, provides the framework for narrative fragments that centre on the daily activities of a group of individuals. Aspects of their lives and their material conditions are gradually exposed while the circumstances of the narrator’s position as the compiler of the text is circumscribed by a series of tasks, implemented by the reader themself.

These tasks by turn, impede or restrict Potter’s voicing of the narrative — the imposition implies a failure, not from want of trying, but that in circumstances of confusion or isolation, the body withholds or curtails speech. The material stoppages of the installation — opaque protective plastic dust-sheets, frosted plastic to adhere to glass — also combine to promote obscurity, provoking the question about interpretation, what has been said versus what is heard under the strained conditions of physical separation, and desire for connection.


Claire Potter is an artist writer from Merseyside. They were a recipient of the Wysing Arts Centre's Polyphonic artists’ residency in 2017, and received nominations for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and Arts Foundation Awards that year. Solo presentations in 2017 include Scally Nike Leather Glove Smoke, released on Chocolate Monk records, Brighton; Round that way, published by Ma Bibliothèque, London; and Coupler, exhibited at Xero Kline & Coma, London. Recent performances and group exhibitions include A+A Gallery, Venice (2018); SUPERNORMAL Festival, Oxford; Cafe OTO, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (all 2017); White Rainbow, London; Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway; and Leeds Arts University (all 2016). Potter’s writing has recently been commissioned by The David Roberts Art Foundation, and White Rainbow, London (both 2018); Corridor8, Manchester (2017); and, CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017). They are currently writing their third book, an experimental treatment of architecture and dissociation, due for publication in 2019.

This event and the exhibition at Chelsea Space is supported by Arts Council England, Chelsea College of Arts and Chelsea Arts Club Trust
Image: Claire Potter, documentation of the installation Playhouse (2018).