'Figure 1', Lisa Skuret (Documentation of commissioned performance installation)

‘Figure 1’, Lisa Skuret (Documentation of performance installation commission)

Lisa Skuret is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her commissions and live works have taken place at MoMA PS1 (New York); Institute of Contemporary Arts (London); David Roberts Art Foundation (London); Spike Island, (Bristol); Parasol Unit (London); PEER Gallery (London); Museum of Work (Sweden); a Swedenborgian Church; and Regents Park in London. Skuret received an Arts Council Award for the major project Communal Materials; Or, Evolution Isn’t Fast Enough. Project works included A Call from the Library. Constructing a future library through the possibilities of sound and listening, the work was a group sound composition and performance installation generated live by ‘listening to’ and ‘playing’ a former public library in Hackney as a building, a concept, utopian project and space of knowledge production. The score was a constellation which included the building, gesture, algorithm, and live text.

Exploring micropolitical strategies within intersections of science, art and life practices, Skuret has both an interdisciplinary academic grounding and practice in which she incorporates forms such as text, installation, sound, gesture, and alternative pedagogy. Her central concerns are transdisciplinary learning and agency, and her practice combines methods, techniques and ideas though live and site-responsive work. Recent performances and installations draw on collective action and dynamics, and take the form of experiments in co-production of knowledge.

Skuret works with text, for example: scores, fiction and live writing. These texts are generated through site residency, performance or action research, and are published through various means including sculpture, live composition, performance, installation, and voice. In Skuret’s practice, ‘writing’ extends to include sound, voice and physical action, and her commissions include performative responses to architectural spaces, objects, concepts and institutions. Working with writing in an expanded sense, ‘fictions’ manifest in various forms and often involve live embodiment to create the work. Forms of knowledge that could be regarded as tangential or superseded are active agents in these fictions, which work towards opening up alternative ways of working and thinking together.

Integral to Skuret’s research-practice are group work and transdisciplinary collaboration. She works both independently and collectively with alternative education projects and international art research groups. In 2010-12, she worked with Vision Forum (Linköpings University, Sweden) on a practice-led research project in London with six others (theorists, curators, artists, writers, and a medical doctor). In 2013-14, she was an Open School East associate artist. Skuret recently completed a clinical training in group analysis and organisational psychotherapy at the Institute of Group Analysis London. She is an associate member of Institute of Group Analysis (IGA), and Group-Analytic Society International (GASI).

Lisa Skuret studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College London (AHRC Research Award 2007-08); Interaction (UX) Design Communication at University of the Arts London; and Psychology and Art History at Smith College (USA) and University College London.

In parallel to her art practice, she contributes critical writing to international visual culture magazines.

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Extract from essay ‘On Building a Voice’ by Dr. Zeynep Bulut (Kings College) on my live installation, A Call from the Library:
‘“The building is the score,” writes Skuret. Following this cue, the installation draws attention to the act of building as a process of listening and playing with the space, with one another. That is, the building itself speaks with the participants, with a voice that is not necessarily known or given, a voice that allows us to question the limits of knowing in the first place. The nature of this voice comes into presence with the process of building a voice together. The implication here is that the activity of building and the voice that emerges from this activity are communal and exploratory, embodied and live. This voice is neither known nor pretending to know. More significantly, it can afford a state of not knowing.’