Sandra Johnston + Lynn Lu + James Jordan Johnson + Kelvinatmadibrata + Monstera Deliciosa + Léann Herlhy

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Tiding, meaning a communication, or an announcement, or to drift with, or as if with, the force of the waves.

Tiding was a day of performance art taking place at two historic places of worship in Folkestone and Romney Marsh. Tiding was a celebration of the spring, the return of life after the retreats of winter and lockdown. Tiding also marked the last public programming ]performance s p a c e[ organised in Folkestone.

]ps[ has made a home for performance art and artists on Tontine Street since 2016. We have organised festivals, hosted residencies, curated exhibitions, and worked in collaboration with our peers and communities. Across this time, we have remained in dialogue with the remarkable landscape of the Kent coast, and so it is fitting that Tiding occured at both the Parish Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe in Folkestone, and St Augustine’s at Snave, a remote church in Romney Marsh.

People have met to worship at St Mary and St Eanswythe since the 7th Century, and at Snave since the 13th Century. In inviting James, Kelvin, Léann, Lynn, Monstera, and Sandra to make works in dialgoue with these two old churches, we spoke about religion, and the histories of violence, exclusion and loss which these sites call in. At the same time, as we prepared the churches - negotiating space, sourcing materials, collecting dust - we  thought about the spiritual funcitons of performance art - as a place for gathering, meditation, celebration and reflection. Thank you for joining us at Tiding.”

TIDING, 2022. Videography and editing by Marco Beradi and Baiba Sprance.

Tiding is curated by Benjamin Sebastian and Joseph Morgan Schofield, and produced by ]performance s p a c e[. The project is supported by Ash McNaughton and Marcin Gawin.

The project is funded by ]performance s p a c e [, Kent County Council, Creative Folkestone and Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, and Kent Wildlife Trust.

St Augustine at Snave

Day time session in Romney Marsh

Sandra Johnston + Lynn Lu + James Jordan Johnson

︎︎︎ About the Venue

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“The day began with a vegan picnic at St Augustine in Snave, a 13th Century Church in Romney Marsh, where artists Sandra Johnston, Lynn Lu and James Jordan Johnson presented performances across the afternoon.

Sandra Johnston photographed by Tristan Broers.

“Witnessing Johnston’s careful mastery of pace, decision-making and silent resistance makes me think of her embodied gestures as intimate knowledge she shares with the space, and the objects she is interacting with. A new constellation of relations and alliances emerges, reminding me of possibilities of porous solidarity through gesture, action and space. Watching her gestures becomes an exercise in trying to decipher the new constellations of relations in the room. Like trying to work out a mathematical equation that is closer to an exercise of the imagination, rather than a sum.”

Horizonless Hopes, Sara Sassanelli writing on works by Sandra Johnston and Monstera Deliciosa

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Likkle More: A Walk, A Plot(ting), A Land, James Jordan Johnson photographed by Manuel Vason.

“I chew.

Thinking of coconut husks
thinking on
these husks
And those who were left behind

I chew.”

and still I, Madinah Farhannah Thompson writing on Likkle More

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“We Must return to the point from which we started. Diversion is not a useful plot unless it is nourishedby reversion: not a return to the longing for origins, to some immutable state of Being, but a return to thepoint of entanglement” – Glissant

Likkle More: A Walk, A Plot(ting), A Land is a multi-site-specific performance. The work is a way to think about how a (raw) material and subject becomes an art object, what process must take place so that it becomes something it was not previously? How does a desire for singularity and removing a “point of entanglement” become a necessity for the knowledge system and culture that pertains to the art object?

The work, which uses the method of walking, video, public intervention and participation begins withinLondon pertaining to three distinct areas; Stratford, Lewisham & Deptford. The route breaks away from London, a departure followed by a destination of St Augustine’s Church at Snave, Romney Marsh.

The Impossibility of Return, Lynn Lu photographed by Manuel Vason.

“held in crumpled newsprint,
i am led to an enclave at the side of the church overlooking the field - bright unfiltered light locks onto glittered greens, blissfully unaware of the phantasms that inhabit the broken cracks of these cherished objects.

(yet these are the fissures that open the space for you to come closer.)

The crack is a trace that haunts the fixed stares of absent ghosts: their spectres glow with crooked flattened halos, some dusted in gold, one dusted with brass.

(was this break too deep, too long, too much?)”

A Tiding from Lynn Lu, selina bonelli writing on The Impossibility of Return

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"The past 2 years have left us collectively shattered. We don’t stay broken, however, and as we put ourselves back together, this work proposes that we wear each of our distinct scars as a mark of beauty in the face of a chaotic universe."

You are invited to bring Lynn a cherished object that has been broken, and to engage in an intimate exchange. Your broken object – ideally ceramic or porcelain – might be in pieces, or simply chipped or cracked. Lynn's offering during Tiding will be a one-to-one exchange invol ving these items.

Over the next months, Lynn will resurrect these items using kintsugi*. Stanford research scientist Amy Price has described the practice of kintsugi as “radical empathy in action” (2021), representing resilience and the regaining of function with new splendour. Each restored object will be photographed then returned to their owners.

* Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the breakage with lacquer dusted with precious metals.

The Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe

Evening Session in Folkestone

Monstera Deliciosa + Kelvinatmadibrata + Léann Herlihy 

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Tiding continued into the evening in Folkestone at the Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe, a site of worship since the 7th century, with more vegan food and a further three performances by Monstera Deliciosa, Léann Herlihy and Kelvin Atmadibrata.

Kelvin Atmadibrata photographed by Manuel Vason.

“Aporisms of un (be)longing tug on the rope on the pew.

Scissors in hand:

open, closed, pointed
with legs uncrossed

you cut a whole in your knees:
a patellar viewing platform

capped to your joint,
on the edge of the scream: does it balance the care that your hands can’t contain?

You look through shins that hold the marks left from praying too hard for the rain to stop:

the blow of silence, no. one. notices.”

A Tiding with Kelvin Atmadibrata between Ivalice and St Eanswythe, selina bonelli writing on A Knight No More

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A Knight No More is a site-responsive work involving a body performing a (silence-d) gesture of grass whistling. He seemingly answers a series of occasional screams but remains muted throughout the performance. Accompanying him are four stacks of paper scattered around the site with a segregated script for the prologue of Square Enix’s 2007 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions- which the screams are also borrowed from. Adopting elements of masculine identities, death and potentially violence, the presence of the work in The Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe unintentionally echoes with the church’s Unknown Soldier.

Léann Herlihy photographed by Manuel Vason.

“It's 18:32

“We're building something here for you and me
A platform to recline on


I'm looking at you
thinking that your recline is arresting

Could this be a love letter?

f**gt, Madinah Farhannah Thompson writing on Léann’s work

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Monstera Deliciosa photographed by Manuel Vason and Tristan Broers.

“Watching Monstera sit at a church pew flipping through theory books - casually engaging with them, gripping and disregarding them - I am reminded of how the things I read stay with me, blend into my life or just pass through. In this context those theory books look heavy, but also comforting to think about the loud cacophony of thinking that is always going on, like a white noise.”

Horizonless Hopes, Sara Sassanelli writing on works by Sandra Johnston and Monstera Deliciosa

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“Hey there, Monstera here. Good on you for reading this! Since you’re here, I thought you should know that (spoiler alert) the majestic photograph exhibited is by Andrea Abbatangelo and portrays the gorgeous friend and icon Keijaun Thomas as she graced the banks of the Warren right here in Folkestone. Today we’re also taking contributions for her funding campaign for her upcoming gender affirming surgery: keep an eye out for the collection trays passed around during the performance or do approach us if you wish to make a donation otherwise. Happy to take your email address and send you a receipt of the donations transfered. Ah, to top it all of, you might also be hearing, seeing, sensating (traces of) works by ARCA, SOPHIE and Bence Magyarlaki - bring on this moment of trans and queer excellence and thank you for your soulful presence today!”