Archive for December, 2010

A massive list of all the records I played when I played 7″ records in approximately alphabetical order over a 24 hour period.

Posted in General on December 29, 2010 by djtheduchess



The 5th Dimension                                       Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

10cc                                                               Dreadlock Holiday

1990s                                                            You’re Supposed to Be My Friend

Herb Alpert                                                   Hello Dolly

Archie Bronson Outfit                                  Dead Funny

Art Brut                                                          Good Weekend

Ashford & Simpson                                     Solid

Apartment                                                     Patience is Proving

Average White Band                                   Pick up the Pieces

Associates                                                    Club Country

Art Brut                                                          Emily Kane

Amazulu                                                        Too Good to be Forgotten

Au Pairs                                                        Inconvenience

Autolux                                                           Here Comes Everybody

The Archies                                                  Sugar, Sugar

Architecture in Helsinki                                Do the Whirlwind

The Automatic                                              Recover

After the Fire                                                 Laser Love

Louis Armstrong Orchestra and Chorus    What a Wonderful World

Art of Noise                                                   Close(to the Edit)

Adam and the Ants                                      Deutscher Girls

Altered Images                                             I could be Happy

Arctic Monkeys                                             Fake Tales of San Fransisco

Arcade Fire                                                  No cars Go

Athlete                                                           Half Light

Arcade Fire                                                  Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

Adam and the Ants                                      Zerox

AC/DC                                                          Highway to Hell

Argent                                                            God Gave Rock and Roll to You

ABC                                                               Poison Arrow

Ash                                                                Orpheus

The Amen Corner                                        Bend Me Shape Me

Arctic Monkeys                                             I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

Athlete                                                           Wires

Devendra Banhart                                        I Feel Just like a Child

Bananarama                                                 Venus

Bob and Earl                                                Harlem Shuffle

David Bowie                                                 Suffragette City

Beats International                                       Dub Be Good to Me

Bon Jovi                                                        Livin’ On a Prayer

Cilla Black                                                     Anyone Who Had  a Heart

Bloc Party                                                     The Pioneers

Blur                                                                Crazy Beat

The Beat                                                       Mirror in the Bathroom

The Blood Arm                                             Say Yes

Buzzcocks                                                     Ever Fallen In Love

The Beatles                                                  Eleanor Rigby

The B-52s                                                     Rock Lobster

Blondie                                                          One Way or Another

Booker T and the MGs                                Mrs Robinson

The Boomtown Rats                                    Looking After No. 1

The Beatles                                                  Twist and Shout

The Beat                                                       Tears of a Clown

David Bowie                                                 Boys Keep Swinging

Blur                                                                M.O.R.

Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip              I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper

Bow Wow Wow                                            C’30, C’60, C’90 GO

The Boomtown Rats                                    I Don’t Like Mondays

The Beatles                                                  Strawberry Fields for Ever

Boy Kill Boy                                                  Civil Sin

The Beat                                                       Can’t Get Used to Losing You

Blancmange                                                 Feel Me

The B-52s                                                     Give Me Back My Man

bib                                                                  Jobs-On-Line

Boney M                                                        Brown Girl in the Ring

Belle and Sebastian                                    Step into my Office, Baby

Bobby Brown                                                My Perogative

Be Your Own Pet                                          Let’s Get Sandy

The Barracudas                                           Inside Mind

Madonna                                                       Papa Don’t Preach

Bad Manners                                                Can Can

The Bees                                                      Wash in the Rain

Blondie                                                          Call Me

Plastic Bertrand                                           Ca Plane Pour Moi

Bachman-Turner Overdrive                         You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Bananarama                                                 Cruel Summer

Bangles                                                         Eternal Flame

Kate Bush                                                     Man With The Child His Eyes

Blancmange                                                 Living On The Ceiling

Blondie                                                          Rapture

Sam Brown                                                   Stop

Booker T and the MGs                                Green Onions

Dave Brubeck                                              Some Day My Prince Will Come

Bromheads Jacket                                      What If’s and Maybe’s

Los Bravos                                                   Black is Black

Ian Dury and The Blockheads                     Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3

David Bowie                                                 Queen Bitch

Brakes                                                           All Night Disco Party

Belouis Some                                               Imagination

David Bowie                                                 Let’s Dance

B-52s                                                             Planet Claire

The Bravery                                                  An Honest Mistake

Bloc Party                                                     Two More Years

Elvis Costello and The Attractions             Pump It Up

The Cure                                                       The Love Cats

Cut Copy                                                       Future

Petula Clark                                                  Downtown

Tina Charles                                                 I’ll Go Where the Music Takes Me

Creedence Clearwater Revival                  Good Golly Miss Molly

The Chap                                                      I am Oozing Emotion

Cazals                                                           Poor Innocent Boys

Commodores                                               Thumpin’ Music

Culture Club                                                  Church of the Poison Mind

Alice Cooper                                                School’s Out

Elvis Costello                                                Oliver’s Army

CSS                                                               Off the Hook

Commodores                                               Nightshift

Cerrone                                                         Supernature

The Clash                                                      Should I stay or Should I go

Linda Clifford                                                Bridge over Troubled Water

Clor                                                                Outlines

Sam Cooke                                                  You Send Me

The Clash                                                      Radio Clash

The Cribs                                                      Mirror Kisses

Computerman                                              No more Broken Hearts

The Clash                                                      Rock the Casbah

Clean George IV                                          First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women

Classix Nouveau                                          Is It a Dream

Randy Crawford                                           One Day I’ll Fly Away

The Clerks                                                    The Dissidents

Chairman of the Board                                Give Me Just a Little More Time

Chicago                                                        25 or 6 to 4

Tina Charles                                                 I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)

Cameo                                                          Word Up

Depeche Mode                                            Shout

Dream Warriors                                           My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style

Detroit Spinners                                           Working My Way Back to You

The Dickies                                                  Nights in White Satin

Death From Above 1979                            Black History Month

The Duke Spirit                                            Love is an Unfamiliar Name

Ian and the Blockheads                               Hit me With Your Rhythm Stick

Duran Duran                                                 Save a Prayer

Do Me Bad Things                                       Time For Deliverance

The Dykeenies                                             Clean Up Your Eyes

Donavan                                                        Sunshine Superman

Ian Dury                                                         Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Taylor Dayne                                                Tell it to My Heart

Duran Duran                                                 The Reflex

Devo                                                              Whip It

The Dead 60s                                              Loaded Gun

Dead Disco                                                  Automatic

Disco-Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes                Hot Lava

Dexy’s Midnight Runners                            Geno

The Dandy Warhols                                     Not If you Were the Last Junkie on Earth

Do Me Bad Things                                       What’s Hideous

Dead Kennedys                                           Too Drunk To Fuck

Desmond Dekker                                        Israelites

The Dead 60s                                              The Last Resort

Doves                                                            Black and White Town

The Duloks                                                    (I’m Gonna Follow Your) Star Trail

The Dandy Warhols                                     Every Day Should be a Holiday

Duran Duran                                                 Careless Memories

Dexy’s Midnight Runners                            Geno

The Departure                                              Be My Enemy

Earth, Wind & Fire                                       Let’s Groove

Yvonne Elliman                                             If I Can’t Have You

Editors                                                           Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors

Echo & The Bunnymen                                Seven Seas

Sheena Easton                                            Modern Girl

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine            Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

Earth, Wind & Fire                                       Fantasy

Eurythmics                                                    Sweet Dreams (are Made of This)

ELO                                                               Don’t Bring Me Down

Earth, Wind & Fire                                       September

Fugazi                                                           Song Number One

Fun Boy Three with Bananarama               It Ain’t What You Do

The Fiery Furnaces                                      Norwegian Wood

The Flying Lizards                                        Money

A Flock of Seagulls                                      Wishing (If I had a Photograph of You)

Future Pilot AKA                                          Eyes of Love

The Kids from Fame                                    Hi-Fidelity

Four Tops                                                     Don’t Walk Away

Franz Ferdinand                                           Michael (live at KCRW)

The Futureheads                                          Meantime

The Mike Flowers Pops                              Wonderwall

The Foundation                                            Build Me Up Buttercup

Aretha Franklin                                             Respect

Funkadelic                                                    One Nation Under a Groove – Part I

Fairground Attraction                                   Perfect

Fiction Factory                                             (Feels Like) Heaven

Four Tops                                                     I Can’t Help Myself

Forward Russia                                            Twelve

Gossip                                                           Listen Up!

Guanabatz                                                    The Cave

Gaye Bykers On Acid                                  Git Down (shale your thang)

Guns ‘n’ Roses                                             Sweet Child O’ Mine

Gang of Four                                                At Home He’s A Tourist

Gloria Gaynor                                               Reach Out, I’ll be There

The Greedies                                               A Merry Jingle

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell                 The Onion Song

Eddy Grant                                                    Electric Avenue

Good Shoes                                                 Never Meant To Hurt You

Gentlemans Pistols                                      Just a Fraction

Gwen Guthrie                                                Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent

Bill Haley and His Comets                          (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock

The Human League                                     Don’t You Want Me

Hot Club De Paris                                        Sometimesitsbetternottostickbitsof-eachotherineachotherforeachother

Jan Hammer                                                 Crockett’s Theme

Hope of the States                                       Sing It Out

The Human League                                     Being Boiled

Haduken!                                                      Liquid Lives

Hot Hot Heat                                                 Goodnight Goodnight

Heaven 17                                                    Temptation

Hard-Fi                                                          Seven Nation Army

Isaac Hayes                                                  Theme From “Shaft”

The Hombres                                                Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out)

Human League                                             The Sound of the Crowd

Jimi Hendrix                                                  Crosstown Traffic

The Holloways                                              Generator

The Ivories                                                    Reduce the Temperature

It Bites                                                           Calling All the Heroes

Isley Brothers                                                This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)

Interpol                                                           C’Mere

Indeep                                                           Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life (Vocal)

Billy Idol                                                         Rebel Yell

The Jags                                                       Back of My Hand

Japan                                                            The Art of Parties

The Jam                                                        Town Called Malice

JoBoxers                                                       Boxerbeat

Michael Jackson                                          Off the Wall

The J.Geils Band                                         Centrefold

Elton John & Kiki Dee                                 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

The Jam                                                        Going Underground

J.A.L.N Band                                                Disco Music/I Like It

The Jam                                                        The Eton Rifles

Gloria Jones                                                 Tainted Love

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts                        I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

Kool and the Gang                                       Jungle Boogie

Killing Joke                                                   Follow the Leaders

The Kinks                                                      All Day and All of the Night

Kaiser Chiefs play The Cribs                     Another Number

The Knife                                                       We Share Our Mothers’ Health

The Kills                                                        Love is a Deserter

King Creosote                                              Bootprint

Kraftwerk                                                       The Model

Klaxons                                                         Atlantis 2 InterzoNE

Kool and the Gang                                       Celebration

King                                                               Love and Pride

Kings of Leon                                               King of the Rodeo

The Keytones                                               Foolishly Yours

KC & the Sunshine Band                            Give it Up

Chaka Khan                                                  I’m Every Woman

Kreeps                                                          All I Wanna Do is Break Some Hearts

Kaiser Chiefs                                               Oh My God

Klaxons                                                         It’s Not Over Yet

The Kooks                                                    Sofa Song

Ladyfuzz                                                        Monster

Little Eva                                                       The Loco-Motion

Helen Love                                                    Shifty Disco Girl

Lipps, Inc.                                                      Funky Town

Nick Lowe                                                     I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

Ladytron                                                        Sugar

Love Is All                                                      Busy Doing Nothing

Labelle                                                          Lady Marmalade

Cindy Lauper                                                Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Lo-Fi-Fink                                                     Change Channel

Lightspeed Champion                                 Galaxy of the Lost

The Long Blondes                                        Separate By Motorways

Louis XIV                                                      God Killed the Queen

Lene Lovich                                                  New Toy

Landscape                                                    Einstein A Go-Go

LCD Soundsystem                                      Disco Infiltrator

Madness                                                       It Must be Love

Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams               Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

The Move                                                      Flowers In the Rain

Roger Miller                                                  King of the Road

Scott McKenzie                                            San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)

Madonna                                                       Borderline (edit.)

The Maccabees                                           Latchmere

The Maisonettes                                          Heartache Avenue

Mel & Kim                                                     Respectable

The Members                                               Sound of the Suburbs

Madonna                                                       Into the Groove

Mudhoney                                                     Touch Me I’m Sick

George Michael                                           Careless Whisper

Milli Vanilli                                                     Girl You Know It’s True

Madonna                                                       Material Girl

The Mooney Suzuki                                     Alive and Amplified

The Moody Blues                                         Nights in White Satin

Grand Master & Melle Mel                          White Line (Don’t Don’t Do It)

The Monkees                                                I’m a Believer

The McCoys                                                 Hang on Sloopy

Madonna                                                       Like A Virgin

Maximo Park                                                Graffiti

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes featuring Theodore Pendergrass          Don’t Leave Me this Way

George Michael                                           Faith

Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes                The Love I Lost (Part 1)

Bob Marley & The Wailers                          Jamming

Martha & the Muffins                                    Echo Beach

Marrs                                                             Pump Up the Volume

Van McCoy                                                   The Shuffle

Metric                                                            Monster Hospital

The Meteors                                                 Bad Moon Rising

Willy Mason                                                  Oxygen

Madness                                                       Our House

Muse                                                              Invincible

Mumm-Ra                                                     She’s Got You High

Mobiles                                                         Drowning In Berlin

Mystery Jets                                                  You Can’t Fool Me Dennis

The Modern                                                  Jane Falls Down

New Young Pony Club                                 The Bomb

Phyllis Nelson                                               Move Closer

New Edition                                                  Candy Girl

Kate Nash                                                     Foundations

Nilsson                                                          Without You

Nena                                                              99 Red Balloons

Thunderclap Newton                                    Something In the Air

New Young Pony Club                                 Ice Cream

Napoleon IIIrd                                                Anti Patria

The Nolans                                                    I’m In the Mood for Dancing

New Order                                                    Blue Monday

Hazel O’Connor                                            Eighth Day

Orange Juice                                                Rip It Up

Oasis                                                             Stand By Me

O Fracas                                                       Zeroes and Ones

The Oxfam Glamour Models                       Kick Out the Grams

Oasis                                                             D’You Know What I Mean?

Prince                                                            U got the Look

The Psychedelic Furs                                  Pretty In Pink

Polysics                                                         I My Me Mine

Dolly Parton                                                  9 to 5

Procul Harem                                               A Whiter Shade of Pale

Pink Floyd                                                     Money

Ph.D.                                                             I Won’t Let you Down

Pointer Sisters                                             Automatic

Freda Payne                                                 Band of Gold

PIL                                                                 This Is Not a Love Song

Pig Bag                                                         Papa’s Got a Brand New Pig Bag

Bobby (Boris) Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers           Monster Mash

The Pipettes                                                 Pull Shapes

Ray Parker Jr.                                              Ghostbusters

The Police                                                     Can’t Stand Losing You

The Pigeon Detectives                                I’m Not Sorry

Prince and the Revolution                           Let’s Go Crazy

Plastics                                                         Last Train to Clarksville

Prinzhorn Dance School                             up! up! up!

Queen                                                            Don’t Stop me Now

Q-Tips                                                           Tracks Of My Tears

Queens of the Stone Age                            3’s & 7’s

Queen & David Bowie                                 Under Pressure

Suzi Quatro                                                   Can the Can

Queen                                                            We will Rock You

Rezillos                                                          Top of the Pops

Diana Ross                                                   Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Rose Royce                                                  Is It Love You’re After

Roxette                                                          The Look

The Raconteurs                                            Steady, As She Goes

Diana Ross                                                   I’m Coming Out

Cliff Richard and the Shadows                   The Young Ones

The Rakes                                                    Retreat

The Ruts                                                        Babylon’s Burning

The Rumble Strips                                       Motorcycle

Roxy Music                                                   Virginia Plain – Headman Re-Work

Diana Ross                                                   Upside Down

The Rapture                                                  Pieces of the people We Love

Steely Dan                                                    Haitian Divorce

Sugarhill Gang                                              Rapper’s Delight

Salt ‘n Pepa with En Vogue                        Whatta Man

Donna Summer                                            I Feel Love

The Specials                                                Ghost Town

The Shangri-Las                                          Leader of the Pack

Dusty Springfield                                          Son-Of-A Preacher Man

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles              I Second That Emotion

Sonic Youth                                                   Eyeliner

Seal                                                               Crazy

Salt ‘n Pepa                                                  Push It (US Remix)

Candy Staton                                                Suspicious Minds

The Strokes                                                  12:51

Spandau Ballet                                             To Cut a Long Story Short

Candy Staton                                                Young Hearts, Run Free

Squeeze                                                        Take Me, I’m Yours (Edit)

Soulwax                                                         E Talking

The Slits                                                        I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Soft Cell                                                        Bedsitter

The Selecter                                                 The Selecter

Sarandon                                                      The Feminist Third – Don’t Say No

The Spinto Band                                          Mountains

Oliver Sain                                                    Bus Stop

The Sunshine Underground                        Put You in Your Place

Sylvester                                                       You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Siouxsie and the Banshees                        Christine

Stinky Munchkins                                         Release the Lions

Skids                                                             Into the Valley

Stealers Wheel                                             Stuck In the Middle

Splodgenessabounds                                 Simon Templar

The Stranglers                                              Golden Brown

Frank Sinatra                                                My Way

Nancy Sinatra                                               These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Spencer Davis Group                                  Keep on Running

Shirley (and Company)                                Shame, Shame, Shame

Nina Simone                                                 Ain’t Got No (I Got Life)

Slade                                                             Merry Xmas Everybody

Sinead O’Connor                                         Nothing Compares 2 U

David Soul                                                    Silver Lady

Nina Simone                                                 My Baby Just Cares for Me

Shocking Blue                                              Venus

Siouxsie and the Banshees                        Happy House

Carly Simon                                                  Nobody Does it Better

The Special AKA                                         Nelson Mandela

The Style Council                                         Walls Come Tumbling Down

Squeeze                                                        Cool For Cats

The Stranglers                                              Duchess

Special AKA                                                 Too Much Too Young

Survivor                                                         Eye of the Tiger

The Subways                                                Oh Yeah

Stranglers                                                     Walk On By

Sons and Daughters                                    Dance Me In

Shout Out Louds                                          Please Please Please

Split Enz                                                        History Never Repeats

Simon and Garfunkel                                   Mrs Robinson

The Stranglers                                              No More Heroes

Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand             No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

Simple Minds                                               Promised You A Miracle

The Teardrop Explodes                              Reward

Tubeway Army                                              Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Thin Lizzy                                                      Whisky In the Jar

R. Dean Taylor                                             There’s a Ghost In My House

The Temptations                                          Law of the Land

Thunderbirds                                                The Main Theme from Thunderbirds

Tina Turner                                                    Whole Lotta Love

Thompson Twins                                          Love on Your Side

Transvision Vamp                                        I Want Your Love

Tears for Fears                                            Mad World

Talking Heads                                              Psycho Killer

T Rex                                                             Children of the Revolution

Thin Lizzy                                                      The Boys Are Back In Town

Tom Tom Club                                              Wordy Rappinghood

T’Pau                                                             China in your Hand

John Travolta Olivia Newton John & Cast Summer Nights

Bonnie Tyler                                                  Total Eclipse of the Heart

Tom Robinson Band                                    2, 4, 6, 8, Motorway

The Three Degrees                                     When Will I See You Again

Urban Cookie Collective                             The Key: The Secret

The Undertones                                            My Perfect Cousin

UB40 Guest Vocals by Chrissie Hynde    I Got You Babe

U.K. Subs                                                      Teenage

The Velvettes                                                He Was Really Saying Something

VHS or Beta                                                 Night on Fire

The Vapors                                                   Turning Japanese

Al Wilson                                                       The Snake

We Are Scientists                                        The Great Escape

The White Stripes                                        The Hardest Button to Button

Dionne Warwicke                                        Alfie

Stevie Wonder                                             Sir Duke

Barry White                                                   You’re the First, the Last, My Everything

Amy Winehouse                                           Back to Black

Kim Wilde                                                     Kids in America

XTC                                                               Senses Working Overtime

Yazoo                                                            Don’t Go

Yeah Yeah Yeahs                                         Rockers to Swallow

The Young Knives                                        The Decision

Yazz                                                               Stand Up For Your Love Rights

The Zutons                                                    Oh Stacey



24/7 Leeds Rebekka Kill 18 – 19 August 2007

Posted in General on December 19, 2010 by djtheduchess


24/7 Leeds


Have you ever wondered what a DJ’s record collection really looks like?

There must be some amazing records in there, but surely there are the same embarrassing ones we all have hidden away? In 24/7 Rebekka Kill will play a selection of her 7″ records for 24 hours. Once played the records will begin to fill the gallery. Some are good, some terrible, some beautiful, coloured vinyl, design classics, some are battered and abused, some well loved.

Some audio that’s fun to listen to.

Posted in General on December 16, 2010 by djtheduchess

Alice Bayliss and Rebekka Kill are both lecturers based in Leeds, at Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University, respectively. In this interview they discuss the ways in which they have been able to integrate their interest in performance, music, digital live art and club culture into their academic teaching, curatorial, artistic and social interests.

Alice Bayliss and Rebekka Kill

A conversation between two academic-practitioners making performance work for club spaces, parties and festivals. Listen to them discuss their training, their work, how they share that practice with student performers and hear their plans for future collaborations and platform events.

Listen to Alice Bayliss’ and Rebekka Kill’s audio discussions.

Audio here

Dancing Queens: Personal Histories

I Don’t Like Mondays: Student Projects in the Party Environment

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Conferencing and Collaborations

One of the PhDs I nearly did.

Posted in General on December 15, 2010 by djtheduchess

Over the last 15 years I have taught Fine Art, Graphic Arts, Electronic Media, Printmaking, Illustration, Time Based Media, Sound Installation, Performance, Cultural Studies, Contextual Studies, History of Art and Design, Performance, Live Art, PGCE PCET, PGCHE, BA, BSc, MA, PhD, NVQ and GNVQ, ND and HNC, Access to HE and FE, MEd, Cultural Tourism, Enterprise, Entertainment Management and Urban Geography. I have worked at beginner level and with PhD students, I have done curriculum development in FE, HE, and at post-graduate level. I work in partnership, on partnerships, site specifically, traditionally and non-traditionally with learning spaces and learners, in schools, universities, colleges, festivals, nightclubs, galleries, shops, journals, art catalogues, on and offline and in zines. In writing, in performing, in making, in doing, in DJing, in dancing, in teaching, in developing, in negotiating, in dialogue and in monologue. I eavesdrop, I mentor, I’m  externalling and internalling, I support, I meet, I facilitate, I do…..

In many ways I feel schizophrenic, torn, dis-located, homeless, nomadic. In other ways I am stimulated and motivated by transgression, by exploring boundaries, by travelling, by wandering, by facilitating, by meeting, by stopping and starting, by being swept along by enthusiasm, by being stopped in my tracks and resisting and complying, and succeeding and failing, and trying and opting out, and wanting to be something and not wanting to play. I’m an interdisciplinary practitioner working in the very spaces where disciplines are born, defined, maintained and defended. Personally I’m comfortable with my madness – most of the time….

Once upon a time I started a PhD. I wanted to write about why art students don’t like writing and interdisciplinary strategies to help them get going. So I wrote a chapter about criticalities, got interested in my many voices, explored hybridities, and polyvocality, and ideas about unique critical takes, transferability and reflective academic practices. I was reading Bakhtin and thinking about the culture of the weekend as I went out into nightclubs and played records. I was thinking about open bodies and travelling concepts as I wandered around music festivals. I did some more research on disciplinary formation in the University. Where did essays come from? What is a lecture? Why do we defend these forms? Is the university some kind of war zone where battles are fought over disciplinary contexts, languages, philosophies and practices? I used words like separatist to describe my experience of the way in which these disciplinary notions were policed and I thought about border guards and watch towers and things being lost in translation. And then I stopped the PhD because it was a bit depressing and it felt wrong. What is the discipline of a PhD? How is this policed? How can I be so hypocritical? It was conforming to all those institutional legalities I was challenging, it was working with a set of values, an academic and disciplinary culture, that were at odds with my ideas. Full stop…..

This work focussed on perceived intradisciplinary tensions in Fine Art between writing and making. However, many of the questions I want to ask are the same. This work initiated a process of mapping out the geography of the ‘art college’. I asked where is the written element located, in relation to studio practice? How does one travel between these elements as a student? In thinking about these ideas and the students’ responses to these ideas, my thinking jumped about. First, exploring the critical thinking debate, then back (as has happened often since my MA) yet again to linguistic imperialism and to resisting readers, finally I was overwhelmed with a desire to understand to source. So I began to research discipline formation and this lead on to an exploration of interdiscplinarity

After the abandoning this first study I went away and I wrote, and I wrote, about all sorts of interdisciplinarities, and insides and outsides, and contexts, and spaces, and I wrote lots of courses, and articles, and I worked on lots of projects and then I realised it wasn’t really a full stop; it was more of a semi-colon.

Is it possible to function in a truly interdisciplinary manner within the structures of the university? Is it desirable? What can we do to facilitate it? What are the barriers? What are the most interesting boundaries for me:  research/practice/teaching, live/digital, public organisations/private organisations, art/event/performance/music, lecturer/student? What is my experience?



Which disciplinary boundaries am I interested in?


What brought me here? – reflection etc.

PART 1- What is It?

Literature, Ideas –academic writing

3 key notions of Disciplinarity,

Chapter 1- Disciplinarity in the Arts

Discipline Formation – history and theory (old chapter 2)

Chapter 2 – Intradisciplinarity in Fine Art

An intradisciplinary curriculum issue

Case Study in Fine Art (old chapter 1)

Chapter 3 – Interdisciplinarity in Context

An interdisciplinary curriculum development

Case Study in Art, Event, Performance developments

+ Theory (cltad conference paper)


“Chapter 4”Doing It

Practice – visual, performance, event

Documentation and reflection here

“Chapter 5” – Writing It

A range of types of writing, differing authoring voice, interdisciplinary and academic/non academic publications

Theorisation of these practices + examples

“Chapter 6” – Teaching It

Action Research?? – micro case study

“Chapter 7” – Spreading it Around

Partnership work, projects

Documentation and analysis – perhaps image chapter here?

PART 3 – Developing It and Concluding it

Chapter 8 – Developing It

Looking at Parts 1 and 2 in relation to one another

Future Plans

Chapter 9 – Conclusions

Metaphors etc..


I think my big question is ‘What does it mean to be interdisciplinary in the University?’

Bit more practice stuff…

Posted in General on December 15, 2010 by djtheduchess

My name is Bill and I’m a Headcase, Gatecrasher, Leeds, 2008




Piggy Antoinette, Leeds Met Staff Development Day, the toilets, 2008





Skirting Around Situation Leeds: Eavesdroppings from the Edge

Posted in General on December 14, 2010 by djtheduchess



Situation Leeds is open submission, it’s free to take part, most of the events are free. In other cities, or in other disciplines, these tend to be the internal characteristics of a fringe festival. However, fringe festivals are usually a more avant guarde adjunct to another festival. Fringe festivals exist very deliberately, and often very successfully, on the edge of other more mainstream festivals – Edinburgh Fringe, for example, is bigger than the Edinburgh Festival itself. But, Situation Leeds is not an adjunct – it stands alone. So, here we have an arts festival that, internally, has some characteristics of a fringe festival but isn’t connected to another festival.

Is Situation Leeds a fringe festival? If it isn’t a fringe festival does it have a fringe of its own? If it does, what’s this fringe like? Where is it? Perhaps a notion of “fringeness” redundant in this context? So, I spent some time looking, and experiencing Situation Leeds. Trying to find a fringe. Trying to find a sense of fringeness. I looked, I experienced, but most importantly I listened.


The first event I went to was the opening dinner at Patrick Studios, hosted by East Street Arts. We were met by Ken on the door and given our membership cards, “Ooh wow”, “how posh”, “what do I do now?” ESA is “re-launching” itself as a social club and there is an air of excitement and mystery tonight. People are giggling and smiling. We’re given a drink and asked to select a beermat/role. I’m a music maker.

“I hope I don’t actually have to make music”.

Is there dissent already? Probably.

Scott (probably the best) compere (ever), introduces the night. There are moodmakers with joss sticks, builders, music makers and decorators. We’re going to make a space and eat dinner in it.

“Everyone thinks there’s not really any food, what do you think?”

“There’d better be food, I’m bloody starving, I’ve been at work all day.”

I can smell curry.

We don’t have to participate but there appears to be one of those things you hit a horse with, a switch, and a threat of punishment of you don’t play ball.

“Food, yes, theme the music on food, um, mashed potato? Maybe, I’m not sure”

“We really need to start buying some music, who knows how to do itunes, who’s done it before?”

“What about dips, Deeply Dippy?”

The food is served, a queue system with raffle tickets, it’s delicious but people are starving and threatening to cheat, but no-one does. We’re regretting the soundtrack now. Right Said Fred; what were we thinking?

A Family Day Out

I took my children to see Sarah Spanton’s work Bridge. In a glass corridor suspended over a courtyard, two performers in white shirts and baggy trousers move, there’s writing on the windows, they ascend a step ladder. They seem to be mimicking each other’s movements. We’re watching from a distance, on the road, out of the back of a pub, broken glass on the floor. Instinctively we press our faces between the bars of the huge black metal gates that stop us from entering the courtyard. I can see they’ve seen us.

“it’s like a moving mannequin, like a living doll, it’s an astrologer with a telescope”

“Is it alive or not?”

“There’s a person building something and a person looking at the stars”

“It’s better viewed from the other side of the road”

“OK”, we’re not that enthusiastic, we were enjoying the caged view. Who was in the cage, in the zoo? Was it audience or performer?

“Why are two people doing exactly the same thing? Copying each other?”

“Maybe that one is a projection and the other one is actually there.”

AAHAAH X О – О – , she’s writing code on the window, I →   III← ←

At the Henry Moore Centre we can see close up what’s happening. The children are much less interested.

We walk into the dark arches and find Harry Meadley’s work.

“When sea creatures touch a seabed it’s like this.” It makes people laugh.

“It’s like a giant kaleidoscope.” The kids dance around in the interactive projection – this is proper participation.

“Yeah, some scallys came down and they just danced about in it and chatted up women.” It smells weird down here.

Coffee and a Chat.

I haven’t been to the information hub at Leeds Metropolitan University yet, by Black Dogs. I’m sitting in the Costa Coffee on the edge of the Merrion Centre, and I want Andy Abbott, from Black Dogs, to tell me about it. Does it really matter that I haven’t been? This work is, in part anyway, about asking people to talk about art works that they haven’t seen while pretending that they have seen them. So, writing about this vicariously seems appropriate. “Works still exist when they don’t happen.” This really is a different kind of encounter! “Discussion of the artwork frees you”. Really? No. Apparently, this might be wrong. “Does artwork just perpetuate the same conversations over and over again.” We talk about relational aesthetics, about Barthes, about spectacle…

“You can only refer to something in the past”

“It’s not that fun to talk about”

We’re in café, drinking coffee, in the middle of the city, there’s no physical evidence of Situation Leeds here but it’s bleeding in – Andy Abbott hands me a book.

“you don’t need venues when you’ve got spaces, you’ve got the city.”

“that was a piece made for artists, it’s in a gallery space”

“that idea of artists being original is a failed project”

I walk around the corner, into the Merrion Market, to have a look at Retoyed Trash.

“I made her neck stand up by putting pins in it, her name’s Lily Whitelegs, named after my fish that’s passed on, I’m quite attached to her”

There are a lot of women here, sewing, chatting, it feels nice.

“there was one boy here on Saturday”

“Lily Whitelegs needs a boyfriend because she can’t really talk to the animals”

Shopping in Leeds Market

FrenchMottishead’s Post Echo project involved them selecting phrases from the local newspaper, the Evening Post, the next day they would encourage people from Leeds to re-enact this phrase and photograph them. This seemed like an excellent opportunity to eavesdrop, to listen in, to encounter….

“it’s our special paper”

“it’s an art project”

“Do any of these tickle your fancy?”

“you could be a victim or a murderer”

“one last thing is we need to get your official permission”

“You’re a campaigning mother, what are you going to campaign about?”

“I suppose I should campaign about midwives”

“That’s very nice but I’m just waiting for my wife and we’ve got to catch a bus”

“ooh I’d hate to be in their shoes”

“lucky so and so”

“I’m not going to play the cello for you – no way, but I used to play the recorder.”

“He’s your man, Peter, come and have a look at this!”

“Do you want me then? I could be ski-ing, Oi oi oi oy”

“I’m a mechanic on the alps, so I could be ski-ing, I’ve not been yet this year”

“We’ve been on everything you know, street doctors, I were on that. When I was 25 I got Pyrani’s disease, you know, when the penis doesn’t go erect, I’ve been on Radio Leeds quite a lot”

It was a whirlwind, a spin, a cacophony of voices.

At the launch of the Post Echo. At Borders. There’s wine and crisps.

“on the front page you have to have death, politics, and human interest”

“we were hoping we could make the first page”

“he thinks he’s going to be on TV, he thinks he’s photogenic”

“it’s fantastic, such an ego trip”

“it was surprising and exhilarating”

“I didn’t even realise it was tonight; I was in for something else”

“that was nice, that, wasn’t it?”

“it’s about the event of the photograph”

“it’s a thing you could, sort of, you know, um, build on.”

A Drink in the Pub with Friends

I’ve been told to dress for a night out and I don’t know what to wear. “If they try and get us to take our clothes off I’m leaving.”

I’m back at Patrick Studios again. It’s FrenchMottishead’s event Ready To Where. We’re not allowed to know what’s going to happen – I’m suspicious. Plastic school type chairs are line up in rows facing each other. Rebecca French takes a Polaroid picture of me with my red coat over my arm. “Write down how you feel in you outfit that you’ve chosen to wear” The people in the room seem to be mostly MA students chatting about relational aesthetics and dissertations.

“Who are you and what do you do?”

“It was just exams”

Nobody wants to talk to me, perhaps because I’m sitting on the end of a row, I’m not worried because it gives me a chance to eavesdrop.

“So, what do you do, Clare?”

“I should make something different up each time, I’m a fishmerchant”, says Clare.

“Sometimes this kind of thing is really good, sometimes it’s just annoying”

“I’ve never been keen myself”

“I like him when he’s complicated on semiology.”

“I think everyone has their one Derrida text, one that they love!”

“Did you cut it off something else?”

“Are you spying on us? How rude!” I stopped taking notes….

They did make us take our clothes off, and swap with each other, and go to the pub for a drink in mismatched clothes. It was wonderful, and weird, and interesting. We got back to the studio.

“there’s a pair of black trousers missing!”

“that looks a bit sinister”

“ugh, other peoples sweat”

“I think I looked good when I was younger; I’ve lost it now.”

“Don’t write anything about ducks”

I’m not naïve enough to think that these overheard responses are more honest, or real. I wanted to eavesdrop, listen in, chat, as a way of potentially accessing those voices; the voices at, or on, the fringe.  This was a straightforward way of exploring the edges of Situation Leeds. All I did was attend some events and exhibitions and look, experience and listen. In this way this festival becomes a series of snapshots or encounters.

So, what can these snapshots tell us about Situation Leeds and its fringe, its fringeness, its impact on the whole notion of fringe. I realised through this process that although I have worked out (in advance) what a fringe festival was. I hadn’t really thought about an abstract notion of fringeness. I suppose, I thought, I would know it, when I saw it. I suppose, I thought, that the open submission, the free-ness of it would tell me what fringeness was. In a way, Situation Leeds did help me with think about fringeness, as at all of these events it was on my mind. So here goes.

A fringe can be a fringe benefit, it can be peripheral, secondary, marginal; an adjunct. A fringe can be lunatic, political, avant guarde. A fringe can also be an edging of hanging threads, cords, or strips, attached to a separate band or ribbon.

If we consider the Situation Leeds festival as the band, or ribbon, that joins up all these threads, cords and strips, then it has an extremely fringey character. However, these threads, cords and strips aren’t simply the works that one can find in the Situation Leeds guide. Through the weave of the central ribbon runs the urban space itself, Leeds, the city, the people, the places, the environments, the market, the butcher, the midwife, the café, the studio, the fishmerchant, the bookshop, the street, the people in the pub who saw us come in, in our mismatched clothes and drink, and laugh, and take pictures of each other. Tangled in amongst the threads of this fringe are the voices of children, of artists, of students, of participants, of Scott, of Sarah, of Andy, of Clare, of the man whose girlfriend thinks, he thinks, he’s photogenic. Woven into the cords are the processes, the experiences, the crunch of crisps, the making, the smell of curry, the drawing, the noise in the market, the feeling of someone else’s cold, stale sweat on your skin, the movements, the walking on broken glass, the looking for projects that are hard to find, the dressing and undressing, the projecting, the hunger, the writing, the eating and the talking. Hidden in the strips are the ideas, the concepts, the relational aesthetics (at least twice), the big ideas, the Derrida, the Barthes, the texts, the difficult words.

Situation Leeds is absolutely a fringe festival, but it’s not an adjunct, it’s not produced in opposition to more mainstream festival. It’s conceptually fringe. It’s fringe in its heart; to its core. No, it’s fringe in its weave and its weft. A notion of fringeness is definitely not redundant here, it’s central. Because of this it does not generate a fringe of its own. It doesn’t need to. It’s inclusive. Situation Leeds is the most fringe that a festival can be.

A little bit of my practice in pictures…

Posted in General on December 14, 2010 by djtheduchess