Sally O’Reilly will talk about writing for performance and the page, and how a practice that dashes between publishing, performance, video and opera sustains her ongoing concern with knowledge and power. She will also be reading from her newly published novel Crude, which is about public speaking, sensuality and the oil industry. (Eros Press in spring 2016)
Writer Sally O’Reilly publishes and distributes text in conventional and expanded forms, from art magazines to performance lectures to opera. Her diverse subject matter spans such abstractions as rhetoric and ambiguity, as well more concrete phenomena – for example noses and historical technologies. Her ongoing research and practice is a means to conduct an investigation into how knowledge is generated, circulated and expressed.
Besides contributing to several art magazines and numerous exhibition catalogues, she has written the libretto for the opera The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, 2015), a monograph on Mark Wallinger (Tate Publishing, 2015) and The Body in Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson, 2009). She was writer in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2010–11), producer and co-writer of The Last of the Red Wine, a radio sitcom set in the art world (ICA, London, 2011), and co-editor of Implicasphere (2003–8), an interdisciplinary broadsheet. She is currently devising a series of two-handed operas for galleries as part of her Writer-in-Residence programme at Modern Art Oxford.
Photo credit:The Virtues of Things; 2015; opera with five singers, ten instrumentalists;
1hr 20mins. Commissioned by and performed at Royal Opera House, London; Aldeburgh Music; Opera North, Leeds.