EMMA & YATES are the creators of the upcoming ONEOFUS piece AGAINST NATURE. WE caught up with them to examine their influences behind the work.
Against Nature will be a drawing/poem sequence that draws on the grotesque and the monstrous, especially decorative grotesque marginalia. We are interested in how text and image play off one another, and the theatrical possibilities of this. To this end, Emma is writing short pieces of poetry and script, and Yates is drawing. We are going to interweave these so that each person who sees it can piece together their own narrative.
Broadly speaking, our work is interested in the relationship between space, things, people, texts and images. For Against Nature, we have been focusing on the ways in which our relationship with everyday objects offers ways of thinking through the uncanny, a concept in much of our research and making. Drawing on Yates’ research into French eighteenth-century ornament, we have considered matter and affect in decorative schemes, and have considered the relationship between ornament, description, and narrative. This intersection between writing, looking, visualising, and feeling has been integral to our work as a whole. Many of our collaborations deploy text, image, and material as ways of thinking through our research interests.
Emma Stirling is a writer, director, and performer. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2012 and is Artistic Director of Recursion Theatre Company (recursiontheatrecompany.wordpress.com). She recently worked with Katie Mitchell on Women As Artists. She is currently developing a cross-disciplinary practice that explores the intersections between live and video performance. As a poet she is interested in feminist reworkings of the lyric ‘I’, dialogue, and stillness in language.
Yates Norton is a graduate of Cambridge and Harvard Universities. He is currently taking his masters at the Courtauld Institute, London. His artistic practice includes collaborations with poets and artists in London, Cambridge and New York. Recently, he and Emma Stirling have been working on a piece exploring the role of narrative in poetry and image.