(in three acts)
a deconstructed adaptation
Curated by Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris
Prufrock (in three acts) was an experiment in deconstructed adaptation surging from research undertaken by artist/curator Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris during her time in CuratorLab, Stockholm (Sept 2013 - Sept 2014). T.S Elliot's poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, is a melancholic and cadenced narration of the end of a life. This adaption followed the stylistic rules of a three act play; first act: meet-the-characters, second act: conflict and third act: resolution. Over four 'acts' Prufrock was adapted into music, experience, science, script and an exhibition.
In collaboration with key Stockholm-based contemporary artists, scientists and thinkers, Prufrock entangled intimate audiences into unexpected visions and sonic happenings. Purposely intersecting with locale and site specificity, there is a vital sense of ephemerality and precariousness to each Act. The adaptation exists in the liminality of a post-genre context and this proposed space embraces inter-sectionality, while repurposing the language of dance and theatricality for its own.
Project supported by Konstfack, as part of the 2013/2014 CuratorLab initiative.
Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris is an Australian born, Swedish-based curator and artist. Research interests are focused upon processes of ecology in contemporary art, water as a social metaphor, and feminist methodologies. Working with practical learning platforms, artistic research, publications, and exhibitions, she works internationally as a curator and lecturer. Currently, she works in Stockholm as a curator at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Arts Foundation, and is a PhD student at the University of New South Wales investigating Nordic artistic approaches to the climate crisis and ecology. She is also on the Editorial Board for international arts journal, Oberon.