Rachel Cattle

Research Group: Contemporary Art Research Centre
Award studied: PhD (TECHNE AHRC)

Project title

I am a Stylus: Play, Erase, Replay and Overdub as Strategies for Contemporary Fine Art Practice


My research asks what we might learn by employing oblique and sideways strategies linked to counter cultural and intuitive approaches. Discoveries brought about by becoming a stylus and the reinvestigation of experimental and overlooked work by artists and writers (often women) are cut-up and re-examined both digitally and live as improvised, looping performances and works utilizing text, drawing, print, object, voice, and video. My research is AHRC TECHNE funded.

Recent exhibitions and performances include Project, Maureen Paley, Gaming Gaming, New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, Black Hole Hums B-Flat, a performance as part of the public programme for Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta- Clark, Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s, Barbican Art Gallery, and Ffooaamm, a national touring show of artist records curated by Mat Jenner. I also have a collaborative practice with Steve Richards as The Central Polytechnic and am a member of Bishopsgate Experimental Noise Theatre.


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Organised by the ARTIST ROOMS RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP, The Fruitmarket Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland, 2014
Future Bourgeois: A Symposium and Workshop for new work on Louise Bourgeois. Sing Me To Sleep, spoken word performance of a lullaby For The Insomnia Drawings.

Funding received


Rachel Cattle. Photo by Roger Thomas