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Nicola Dale | An Era of Abbreviation | Thursday 22nd June 7-9pm

At the completion of her six-week residency, Nicola Dale presents new work arising from her research into art historian Aby Warburg’s photographic collection at The Warburg Institute. Nicola has selected and abbreviated 89 images and translated them into an eight-metre wall drawing, in turn used as a choreographic score by contemporary dancer Chloe Aliyanni.

The number of images Nicola has chosen corresponds to the amount of unfilled holes she found in one wall of her residency studio, which she catalogued obsessively when she arrived in London. This holey reliquary - of absent works by previous studio occupants - is playfully interpreted as a methodology for gathering new research content from the photographic collection; reflecting on the idiosyncratic logic of systems through which knowledge is manifested and spread by archival institutions.

Nicola’s wall drawing isolates diagrammatic fragments from the photographs, such as a tail, a fool’s ear, a poised hand or a grimace. By inviting a dancer to take this abbreviation-relay a stage further, through movement-based interpretations, Nicola’s interdisciplinary game of Chinese Whispers both refines the image to its gestural essence and further obscures its original intent. In an era where excessive access to information invites continual abbreviation and mediation (e.g. emojis and viral sharing) Nicola’s subversive library processes are particularly apposite, using analogue, embodied actions to destabilise content and create new streams of cognition.

All welcome - join us for a drink and an in-conversation with Nicola.

Studio 4, Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ
Please buzz the office for entry or call 020 8981 1916


Current residency artist (15 May - 23 June)

Nicola Dale

Nicola Dale is a Manchester based artist who makes sculptures and performances. Her works chart human interaction with knowledge, from archaic notions of ‘illumination’ and Modernist belief in progress, towards the narcotic lure of contemporary ‘click-drift’ and back again. Her work concerns the impact of ideology on reading, writing and learning, through the vulnerable, transient forms she makes using diverse materials such as xrays, ice cubes, waxed thread, leatherette and photography.

Her sculptures and performances often arise from research within institutional archives (recent examples include: Shanghai Library, National Arts Education Archive (YSP), University of Manchester’s Medical School). She is interested in how “knowledge” manifests itself and how its continuation is constructed.


Standpoint Futures residencies is running in partnership and hosted with Chisenhale Studios in 2017.

Standpoint Futures visual art development residencies are for emerging/mid career artists, based outside Greater London. They are designed to be flexible and responsive to the project, needs and desired outcomes of individual participants. The residency's chief aims are to provide high quality, individualised opportunities to develop the artist's practice and career, and to promote the exchange of ideas between London and the wider UK art world.

Studio 4, Chisenhale Studios, where Futures artists will be based in 2017.

Credit: Tessa Whitehead, Studio4 Installation, 2015


We are grateful for the support of Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Chisenhale Studios and the Fenton Arts Trust.

For further details please look at the archive from previous years.

For further information please contact:
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