Vito has been WRITING and PERFORMING poetry for the best part of a decade. He draws inspiration from social interactions. From amazing poets to random stories he hears from lonely people in QUESTIONABLE bars. His ART is his life, thus he lives both in conjunction. LIFE & ART are inseparable that’s why he takes himself to any EMOTIONAL state he feels is necessary when writing, no matter where that path leads. Recently he has started writing PLAYS and SHORT films. Transferring his skills over to these formats opened a whole new world of expression and ARTISTIC INDULGENCE.
Watch this space for more of his material, ‘sure to make you feel,’ is his slogan.
Influences: “HOWL” By Allen Ginsberg, Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick.
She is based in LONDON. Focused on alternative methods of engagement and sound’s role in everyday life, her works take on the form of INTERVENTIONS, INSTALLATIONS and PRINTS which aim to highlight forgotten dependencies. Lisa has exhibited and contributed to a wide range of arts events and exhibitions including Folkestone Triennial, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Cafe Oto, Resonance Fm, Framework Radio, Whitechapel Gallery, Speculum Artium and Whitstable Biennale.
Most recently she created a moving audio performance at the V&A Friday Late, sited on 12 models who moved through the museum.
BUBBLECAM is a playful exploration of online streaming and LIVE FEED possibilities. It is a partnership with Mike and Andie, a couple in Florida who set up the online bubble cam in their garden. It consists of an internet controlled bubble machine that can be activated and watched online. People from around the world visit the website to ‘blow bubbles’.
She partners with mike and Andie to create relays of this CAM, furthering the reach of this online request for bubbles. In each of the relay cams the audience are invited to participate in different ways, so as to explore the human impulse and reaction to this simple idea that has been captivating an online audience for over 10 years. Each relay cam explores what it is to be the live audience, the BUBBLE BLOWERS, the button pushers, those making anonymous demands through the internet and those affected by them.
For ONE OF US, the events guests will become the live audience, to discover how it feels to be watched.
INFLUENCES: Edgar Allan Poe, Billy Wilder, David Lynch, Punchdrunk, Film Noir
She is a ONEOFUS alum, having written and directed a short immersive play inspired by Elizabeth Fry and Ruth Ellis for ONEOFUS : WHITECHAPEL in 2012.
Her latest piece, DARLING, is an OPERA-THEATRE experience which invites audiences to help create the SOUNDSCAPE. It loosely uses the ghosts and ill-suited lovers of the 1959 horror film ‘HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL’ as a springboard for the story, and musically, the evocative, religious organ strains of FINZI’s choir music and unearthly harmonies of FAURE’S REQUIEM and ERIC WHITACRE.
She also has an MA in Writing for PERFORMANCE & PUBLICATION from the University of Leeds and was the Yorkshire editor Whatsonstage.com.
ONE OF US artistic director Maya Korn and ONE OF US sympathiser Kirsty Young went on a GOTHIC pilgrimage to WHITBY, known for being the first place Dracula landed in Stoker’s novel (among other things).
The journey is not a simple one if you are not a resident of the North with a car. It involved an overnight stay in Leeds, a 7AM bus to Whitby (that lasts 3.5 hours), a return coach to Scarborough (16:30PM), train to York and then London meaning they returned at 23:30PM. BUT this epic journey is well worth the trip to bring you:
HOW TO MACABRE
1. GET CREAM TEA @Sherlock’s Coffee House
The year is 1890. In August, the Demeter, a schooner, is discovered adrift off the English coast near Whitby Harbour, its crew missing, its murdered captain lashed to the wheel, and its only passenger is a sinister black dog. This impenetrable mystery is clearly a case for the inimitable Sherlock Holmes who is approached by Thomas Parker, on behalf of his Whitby Editor, to take up the case, which he does. But for the first time in his illustrious career, the great detective is baffled. Clearly the crew have been murdered and dumped overboard, but what can account for the captain’s expression of imponderable terror and his acute loss of blood, or the ship’s strange cargo — fifty boxes of earth?
The game is afoot, and Sherlock Holmes, aided as ever by the faithful Dr. Watson, finds himself on the trail of no mortal enemy, but the arch-vampire himself — Count Dracula…
Obviously, WE couldn’t not therefore go to the Sherlock Holmes tea house. Maya got Lady Grey, Kirsty got Earl. The scones were fresh baked and warm with crunchy sultanas. An indulgent breakfast for 2 world weary travelers.
There are lots of cute bric-a-brac shops in Whitby that are fairly priced and good quality. Maya’s favourite was the above (Whitby Antiques and Collectibles Emporium) where she discovered Whitby Jade, bought a vintage 50s Vulcanite cross, a doll (ONE OF US PROP), a 70s beaded bag and peacock feather fan, all for way under £100. Kirsty got a beautiful Bakelite bird pin (that will be photographed later).
3. GOTH’S BE GETTING THEIR RUNES READ @Spiritual Connections (Whitby’s Witchcraft Shop)
If a rune reading comes your way why would you refuse? It’s £3 a pop and you get to keep your rune and hang out with the lovely Barry. What did the reading say? Well that would be telling! Barry also gave us both budding daffodils which may have made our day. WHITBY GOFF’s are just nicer than normal people.4. THE ABBEY
It was windy.
Legend has it that you can never count the right amount of steps up to the Abbey/East Cliff (it’s supposed to be 199). Kirsty was 1 off the total, Maya was 5 off (fail). FUN FACT: the steps were built over 200 years ago originally in wood.
6. WITCH BITCHES NEED FAMILIARS SO LET’S DINE @The Magpie Cafe
Maya was very tempted to buy a song bird. M & K went into a pet shop that only sold fish, finches, canaries and budgies. Maya decided she wanted to pretend she was from the 20s and buy a canary to put in an ornate vintage cage. This didn’t happen. Instead they channeled the birds they had just seen and went to local classic Magpie for fish ‘n chips. Be warned, this is everyone’s favourite lunch spot so there is always a 15-20 minute queue but it’s well worth it.
7. The Dracula Experience
No photographic evidence… Did it even happen? We kind of saw Christopher Lee’s cape in the dark…
Very tacky, very fun: Whitby Gothic style.
8. WHITBY ART GALLERY & MUSEUMThe art gallery is free, the museum and all its weird curiosities isn’t. The museum was near closing and the lady behind the counter said the time we had left wouldn’t do it justice. But then we found out there was an undergarments expo. Kirsty, being a costume maker, was keen to see it and the ticket master said if we gave Clarence a donation we could sneak in.
This is Clarence.
This museum is worth the trip up the hill (there are a lot of hills in Whitby).
9. LET’S AMBLE
There’s so much weird shit to encounter in Whitby, some of the best advice we can give is wander about with an undefined plan and see what you discover.
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.