Sandra Johnston. Photos by Tristan Broers.

Day time session in Romney Marsh

St Augustine at Snave

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.

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

“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.
James Jordan Johnson (b.1997, London) is an artist working in site-specific performance and sculpture. He is interested in thinking about illegible knowledge systems surrounding material and geological Black histories by using methods of mundanity, slowness, walking, site interventions, and found as well as chosen objects.


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

"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.
Lynn Lu (PhD, AFHEA) is a visual artist from Singapore, trained in the US, France, Japan, and Australia.

Her research-led multidisciplinary practice emerges from her interests in context and site specificity, participation and collaboration, and the poetics of absurdity. Engaging vigorously with the present reality of all that is here-and-now, the meaning of her works often manifests in the resonant relationships created between herself and her audience, and between the audience themselves.

Lynn exhibits and performs extensively worldwide. Selected venues include National Gallery Singapore (2022), SFMOMA (2021), Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2019), Framer Framed (2018), Science Gallery London (2017), Saatchi Gallery (2017), Palais de Tokyo (2015), The Barbican (2015), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2013), Tate Modern (2010), Beijing 798 Art Zone (2009), and Singapore Art Museum (2007).

Lynn lives and works between Singapore and London. She is a Visiting Artist at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Associate Lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and Associate Artist at ]performance s p a c e [.


Sandra Johnston. Photos by Manuel Vason.

Sandra Johnston has been active internationally as an artist since 1992 in the field of site-responsive enquiry into ‘contested spaces’ working predominantly through performance art and video/audio installations. Johnston has held several teaching and research posts since 2002, including an AHRC Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster, Belfast, investigating issues of ‘trauma of place’. In 2007 she was the Ré Soupault Guest Professor at the Bauhaus University, Weimar. Between 2012-2021 she was joint-lead on the BxNU MFA programme at Northumbria University, England. Currently, she lectures at Ulster University in the Photography & Video Department. In 2013, Johnston published her Ph.D. research project entitled ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation of Doubt, Risk and Testimony through Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice’. Additionally, she has been committed long-term to exploring collaborative processes of improvisation, facilitating workshop encounters, alongside engaging with the development and sustainability of creative networks.

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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