The Other Room: a review

“Our eighth birthday event was initially billed as a sound art night, but as it turned out, two of our performers decided to deliver their poetry, setting up some delicious counterpoints for the evening. In time-honoured fashion we had to have a gimmick – on this occasion it was a complete copy of the annual anthology turned page by page into paper aeroplanes which got fired at various points during the evening at an increasingly wary audience.”

Scott Thurston’s thoughts on our eighth birthday event. Read them in full here.

Rosanne Robertson: a preview

Rosanne Robertson will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday 13th April. The other performers are Stuart Calton, Gary Fisher and Linda Kemp. Scroll down for previews of all three.

Rosanne Robertson is an artist based in Manchester from artist led space The Penthouse which she co founded and co runs. Working with performance, sculpture, assemblage and sound she explores tensions, anxieties and relationships between body, object and environment. Described by Dazed and Confused when selected by Doodlebug as one of the city’s ‘Emerging Ones’ as “working beneath the skin by any means possible”. Her work has been featured and released by The Wire and her live sound art series based from The Penthouse was described as “Elevating Manchester’s underground scene to the top floor of a tower block” by The Wire. Robertson’s solo residency project Risk Assessment at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art was reviewed by contemporary art journal Corridor 8. Robertson has performed and exhibited worldwide from group exhibition For Posterity at Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) and Inside Out/Next Generation at K11 Art Foundation (Wuhan, China) to residencies in New York with Sluice__ /Norte Maar (London/Brooklyn). Recent sound and performance commissions for Call & Response by CFCCA have seen Robertson perform at places such as The Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry and John Rylands Library.

Robertson was recently awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Arts for her research and development project TOO MUCH exploring the contemporary condition of anxiety via forms of performance sculpture and sound with a special focus on women and ideas of anxieties induced by violent displacement of women’s power and forms of breaking through masculine oppression. More here.