An Exquisite Corpse for 2012

A portrait photo of Andy Smith

In a continuation of our programming and curatorial experiments that in the past have seen Lancaster residents programme the Nuffield Theatre, audiences choose the repertoire for concerts, and young people curate gallery exhibitions, we now launch a new year-long experiment: An Exquisite Corpse for 2012.

With a nod to the Olympic year, we have invited Lancaster-based artist and theatre maker Andy Smith (well known to UK and international audiences for his work with playwright Tim Crouch, and as a solo performer) to begin a ‘relay’ art project that will see him work during January 2012 on a new artwork. An element of this will then be passed to an artist of his choosing, working in any artform and in any country world-wide, who will work in February before handing on, and so on…

In January 2013 the resulting artworks will be revealed or combined to explore the connections, synergies and coincidences when solo artists work collaboratively across time and place.

We have no idea where the project will end up, but we’re very excited to find out. Keep checking back to see how the project develops.

Exquisite Corpse is a Live at LICA Commission, developed in collaboration with a smith. It is enabled by funding and support from Lancaster University and Arts Council England.


Andy Smith (a smith)
Andy Smith has been operating as a smith since 2001. His most recent solo projects are the next two days of everything (2009) and all that is solid melts into air (2011). Along with Karl James he is the co-director of the award winning plays An Oak Tree, ENGLAND and The Author by Tim Crouch, which have been performed extensively to national and international acclaim. He is currently undertaking a practice-as-research PhD at Lancaster University.


Mette Edvardsen
The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field, also exploring other media or other formats such as video, books and writing. With a base in Brussels since 1996 she has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for a number of companies. Her own work includes the pieces Private collection (2002), Time will show (detail) 2004, Opening (2005/ 2006), The way/ you move (installation, 2006), or else nobody will know (2007), every now and then (2009), Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (2010), Black (2011), and the video works Stills (2002), coffee (2006), cigarette (2008) and Faits divers (2008). She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer.


Sara Manente (Italy, 1978) graduated in Communication Science (Bologna) and completed the post-master a.p.t/A.pass in Performing Arts in Antwerp. She works on projects that have a choreographical starting point but also touch the field of visual arts: Democratic forest, a practical and theoretical research in collaboration with Alessandra Bergamaschi about movement of masses, crowds and communities (, the video Some performances in collaboration with Ondine Cloez and Michiel Reynaert and the dance performance Lawaai means hawaai, selected for the prix Jardin d’europe 2009 and presented in Brussels, Antwerp, Vienna, Ferrara.

She works as a performer for Marcos Simoes, Aitana Cordero Vico and Kate McIntosh. She is one of the founding members of the association CABRA vzw ( facilitating the work of seven artists: Sara Manente, Marcos Simoes, Norberto Llopis, Jaime Llopis, Santiago Ribelles Zorita, Kyung Ae Ro and Varinia Canto Vila.

Recent projects: Grand Tourists in collaboration with Ondine Cloez and Michiel Reynaert (, not not a lecture. two commen- taries together with Constanze Schellow (a lecture performance that premiered in Tanzquartier Vienna in December 2010) and the dance quartet Faire un four (2011). 


Anne Lenglet studied literature and dance theory at Paris 8 University, where she obtained a master’s degree in 2005. The same year she integrated Essais, a program for young creators proposed by the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers / Emmanuelle Huynh.

She worked as a performer or an assistant with Loïc Touzé, Cécile Proust, Fabienne Compet, Dominique Brun, Gaël Sesboué, Aurélien Richard, and Ivana Müller.

Her own projects include G.Verdi with J.B.Veyret, Pep Garrigues and Margot Videcoq, baver précis with Margot Videcoq, babar preciso with Cristian Sotomayor, Cold d’après Daniel Foucard, and different articles she wrote about dance.

In her present work, her interest focuses on the relation between the word and the gesture and fields such as movement analysis, hypnosis and hiking.


Cristian Sotomayer


Gabriel Del Favero.

My work uses the language of the documentary to create stories covering topics such as inheritance of the cold war, the territory and the exhaustion of the discoveries or the architecture in extreme areas. In my work, the matter does not extinguish in the economic considerations of the resources, as the work is discerned in the strategies and not in the materials involved. So the work acquires the shape in which the cultural representations are established, that is, the works operate as a sender and receiver of media-cultural codes of the sensitivity of the period. Like in the euphemistic, the work acts as a movement to the inner side itself of the speech.


Camila Téllez. (Santiago, Chile, 1982) has lived and works in Berlin since 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Finis Terrae University (2006) and a postgraduate degree in illustration (2008) given by Finis Terrae University. Since 2003 she has worked as a professor in drawing. Since 2006 her work focuses on performance, installation and photography. In her recent work she is researching text and narratives, and uses of technology in precarious states to discuss issues such as the dichotomy between science and religion, this conflict is what she calls: science fiction.


Conor Ralphs (South Africa). Currently a permanent resident artist at Greatmore Art Studios (, in Cape Town South Africa, Conor received training in Fine Arts from the Michaelis School of Art (2003) and a Masters in Art Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town in 2007. He has recently completed a 3 month residency and exhibition at Hangar  ( in Barcelona. His work is multi-disciplinary in nature, including painting, photography, film, interactive installations and trans-disciplinary research. Ongoing projects include research into illicit migration particularly ship stowaways in southern African ports; developing an artists exchange with Malagasy/South African artists in collaboration with Meghan Judge (Johannesburg) and Tahina Rakotoarivony (Antananarivo); documenting the social and landscape implications of astronomical research in the small towns of southern Africa, particularly related to communities situated near the SALT telescope in Sutherland and SKA projects to be located in multiple sites across southern Africa.


Laurent Lafuma, filmmaker and researcher, is currently writing a masters thesis on the Brussels-based workplace  "SoundImageCulture" (SIC) : A Workspace, in between Artistic Experiment, Cinema and Visual Anthropology..." . He has recently accomplished his film "L'Escamoteur" ("the conjurer", initiated with SIC 2011), which follows Ranavalona III’s tracks, Madagascan last queen, who got caught in the vice of french colonialism and imperialism. The film tackles history/memory as well as political issues in a poetical & experimental form.
He is expecting to start his next project soon: a film starting from the suburbs of Paris, with links to the USA and Algeria. A film about art, migration & exile, the crisis, hybridity, dream, cinema, time and destruction. Laurent has also been working as a photographer, actor and art adviser with various people (Africultures, revue Bordel) and companies (Fahrenheit 451, Gaara, studios Kabako, théâtre DLR2) in locations such as New York, Nairobi, Addis Abeba, Paris & Brussels.