Camilla Nelson is a British language artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines. Her current focus is Reading Movement, a series of movement language solo works and collaborations with the Palestinian dancer Khaled Barghouthi. The performance script for Reading Movement was long-listed for The Leslie Scalapino Award in 2016. Her first full poetry collection, Apples & Other Languages (Knives Forks and Spoons), was long-listed for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in 2015. Camilla is founding editor of Singing Apple Press, a small independent press that produces hand-crafted, limited edition poem-prints, books and other objects.
This work explores our connection with the other-than human world through acts of language-making. It focuses on the creation or juxtaposition of human language (and associated tools, materials, practices) with elements of the world that we perceive to be ‘natural’ in an effort to unravel and reform these ideas and distinctions. How does other-than human agency obstruct, disrupt and reform human authorship? What do we learn from these evasions and obfuscations about our attempts to control what human language is and does?
[Philip Davenport, Guest-Editor 1]