MARK LEAHY is a writer and artist operating among textual practices and performance. Born in Ireland, he lives and works in the South West of England. He works with the body as sensing and affected, using language, models of perception, and everyday objects. Including spoken word, task-based actions, and song his performances address the body as a site of inscription and mediation. His textual practice utilizes constraints, structuring rules, and operates to cross or question category and genre divisions. Recent performances include ‘his voice’ (Plymouth, Oct 2015; Manchester, Feb 2016; Totnes, Aug 2016), ’flat-head self-tapping’(London, May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 (Cardiff, Nov 2014). He was commissioned to write texts to accompany work by artists including Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and LOW PROFILE. Critical publications include essays in C21 Literature, Open Letter, Performance Research and Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; a chapter in Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007); an essay in Salt Companion to John James (2010), and a chapter in The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy (2013). He was MA Programme Leader at Dartington College of Arts (2007-2010) and teaches at Falmouth and Plymouth Universities.
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