- 28 April 2021
- The British Art Talks podcast is an audio series from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It features new research and aims to enhance and expand knowledge of British art and architecture.
Maria Fusco, working class writer and Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Dundee, talks to Anna Reid about formative influences on her practice.
This series, Experiments in Art Writing, features a set of highly innovative UK-based art writers, asking them to describe the encounters, materials, voices and texts that have shaped the very form of their writing.
Works referenced in this episode
- Maria Fusco, ‘Legend of the Bronze Bell’, Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (London: Vanguard Editions, 2017).
- Audre Lorde, ‘Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power’ (Brooklyn, NY: Out & Out Books, 1978).
- Quatermass,1979,Written by Nigel Kneale, Euston Films for Thames Television.
- Jon Snow interviews Gerry Adams subject to British Broadcast Restrictions Act 1988-1994.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQXQbDpIdY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtn7Gwm3LI
- Leigh Bowery on The Clothes Show, 1988. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om0MrCOXPcE
- Maria Fusco, ‘A Belly Full of Irreversibles’, Un Un Un Un Un Un, ed. Sean Edwards (Liverpool: The Bluecoat, 2020).
About the speaker
Professor Maria Fusco is an award-winning Belfast born writer, working across the registers of fiction, performance and theoretical writing. She is Chair of Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Dundee, her texts are published internationally and translated into ten languages and she is Editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a bi-annual journal for experimental writing.
Recent sound and performance works include Mollspeak (2020), an eleven-channel sound installation in the Museum of Home; ECZEMA! (2018) a touring performance commissioned by National Theatre Wales to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, and Master Rock, a repertoire for a mountain, performed and recorded inside a granite mountain on the west coast of Scotland commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4.
Her latest books are Give Up Art (2018), collected critical writings, of which Lisa Robertson has said ‘Fusco’s scintillating mobility invites us to savour a new kind of critical empathy’ and Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (2017) an ambient novella described by Chris Kraus as ‘a new classic of female philosophical writing’.
She is currently working on a new hybrid opera about the peacelines in her hometown, Belfast, supported by the Royal Opera House, London and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.