As an artist and choreographer I present work in both dance and visual arts contexts. Formally trained in visual art, my practice is rooted in social dance through Bboying (Breakdancing) and House dance. My practice incorporates contemporary choreographic and improvisational practices. I develop compositions combining video, the body and text to explore choreographic relations between gesture, context and their affects. My current work explores how We handle things; people, objects and how objects handle Us through: environments, architecture, and social structures. Can the gallery and the choreographic field provide a space to present and re-examine these relations that our bodies are in constant dialogue with?



Current Projects

Schema Chapters I-IV

How we Handle Things





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Mark Bleakley
Born 1990. Lives and works in Glasgow.
markrbleakley@gmail.com

Education
2009-2013: Newcastle University,
BA Fine Art 1st Class Honours

Performances
-June 19, Schema Chapter III (draft 2), performance as part of Present Futures , CCA Glasgow, Glasgow
-April 19, How We Handle Things, performance research presentation, Rhubaba Studios and Gallery, Edinburgh
- Oct 18-Jan 19, Schema chapters I-III, research commission: Talbot Rice Projects. Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
- June 2018, Imprinting (Close your eyes and- ) by Mark Bleakley and Claricia Parinussa performance at Basic Mountain part of Annuale.
- March 2018, Fathoms, opening performance with MollyMae Whawell. Embassy gallery, Edinburgh
- Oct 2017, Collision. Colliding. At We Were Arguing About Kenneth Koch’s 'One Train May Hide Another’ Kingsgate workshop, London. Curated by George Vasey, Nadia Hebson and Paul Becker
- April 2017, Slide Night #7, Rhubaba, Repose, Suspend, Oblique (for T.B.) collaboration with Claricia Parinussa.
- April 2017, The Northern Charter, Newcastle, A Boy stands in for a rock or vice versa. Choreographer/ performer.
- Oct 2016, Ludlow 67, New York, To Stage curated by Chiarina Chen
- August 2016, Dancebase, Fringe Festival, Heads-Up program, Marina City part 2.
- May-June 2016, Collective Gallery, A Nude Descends into a Lump Performance Programme, Choreographer/Performer.
- October 2015, Dancebase, Autumn Showcase, Marina City part 2
- March 2015, The Varieties, Harris Museum, Preston, Performing 3 Movements of Funny
- Oct 2014, Sentinel Space Birmingham, Or From Werner to Dan and back.
-Feb 2014, A Crack in the Window II, A3 Project Space, Birmingham, Performance by Dennis Isou
- Jan 2014, Globe Gallery. Letter to Hotbird3, Lead Artist
- Oct 2013, The Northern Charter, A Crack in the Window, Performance Lecture by Dennis Isou (Josh Wilson and Mark Bleakley)
- June 2013, The Northern Charter, Newcastle, 3 Movements of Funny,
- March 2013, Northern Stage, Newcastle Arts Festival,
3 Movements of Funny,
- March 2013, Hold Tight #4 Newcastle, Blark Meakley Live 2013,

Exhibitions

-Nov 2020, Platform Exhibition, Edinburgh Art Festival, City Arts Centre. 
- March 2018, Fathoms, collaborative exhibitons and performance with MollyMae Whawell. Embassy gallery, Edinburgh
-Dec 2017, (Cartographies) - Exhibtion at Basic Mountain, Edinburgh
- May 2016, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, A Nude descends into a Lump.
- Feb 2015, Resonance FM, Radiocity broadcast, Dennis Isou sound collage
- Feb 2015,The Varieties, Harris Museum, Preston
- June 2013, Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show, With Josh Wilson.
- March 2013, Re-Use Aloud, Newbridge Project/ basic.fm. Online radio station
- Jan 2013, SWG-3, Soundscaping, Glasgow
- Oct 2011, VideoRaum, Vejle Kunsthalle Denmark,

Funding / Awards

Creative Scotland Open Project Fund: How we Handle Things.
Edinburgh Council Visual arts bursary.
Dance Base Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme (DEBs) 2015-2016
Creative Scotland Professional Development Fund
NICAP Fund
NCL AASI (Alumni assoc. Student intitiative) Fund
Bartlett Travel Scholarship, South Korea, Newcatl University.
How we handle Things.
 


How we handle Things. is a parformance installation exploring the shifting relationships that we have with bodies, objects, memories and touch. Investigated through a contemporary lens, performers and audience build a landscape together – a mix of flesh and plastic, simultaneously revered and disposable. The environment is one akin to a laboratory, inviting us to contemplate interactions between body and object through dance, sculpture and conversation.

The work will ebb and flow throughout the duration of the day, meandering from near-static installation to a fluid, mobile landscape. The cycle of activity will repeat after approximately 50 minutes. Audiences are welcome to enter at any point during the day, and will be invited to take part in creating sculptural forms at the beginning of each cycle.

Developed through an ongoing research into the inter-relations between bodies, objects and value strucutres. This work continues to adapt and learn through incorporating new contexts and collaborators.

Past Performances:
Rhubaba gallery and studios, Edinburgh, April 2019.

Upcoming Performance:
20th May 2020, CCA Glasgow, Take Me Somewhere Festival.

Image: Carmel Pia,
Video: Lucas Chih Peng Kao