Mary Paterson

Crossing Borders 2019 | 26 November 2019 | 7-8:30pm

The Performance in My Head
Karen Christopher and Mary Paterson

Unrealised projects act on our thinking and working and hold a place in our heads, lives, and dreams. They influence the navigation we follow along paths of construction. Starting with prepared statements and continuing with a live conversation, Mary Paterson and Karen Christopher will focus on the way unrealised works flower in the mind where finished work might not. The project that never gets made lives as a kind of horizon that urges us forward asking a question we can't answer. This question is food.

Mary as a performance writer and Karen as a performance maker come to the problem of translation between interior thought and exterior demonstration or action from opposite sides of the inside/outside flow of idea. As makers (of performance, or writing, or both), how do we leave room for other people’s imaginations? How do we guide and encourage acts of imagination, without proscribing their boundaries?


Mary Paterson is a writer, artist and producer. Her publications include Imagination and Potential (LADA, 2017), and Joshua Sofaer: Performance | Objects | Participation (Intellect, forthcoming 2019). With Maddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin she co-edits the journal Something Other, a platform for experiments in writing and the live.

From 2006-2014 Mary was part of the experimental writing collaboration, Open Dialogues, whose publications include RITE (2008) and NOTA (2014), and whose workshops and performances toured the UK, Europe and the US. As a producer, she works in socially engaged practice and community arts, as well as towards radical forms of arts evaluation. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the disabilty arts company, Extant. She prefers to work in collaboration.