single-channel projection, HD, 38:59
this website edits together four 30sec extracts from the completed work
Berthing Bone is a video work by artist Victoria Gray, conceived as a durational series of performed sculptures for the hands. Through corporeal and moving-image based strategies of stillness, slowness and close proximity, the work explores incipient action, honing a micro-attention to the affective experience of movement before movement takes form (Manning, 2009).
The video is accompanied by MANUAL, a collaborative publication that includes texts by Gray and artist-writer Emma Cocker. The publication is a response to Berthing Bone and comprises photographic stills from the video alongside writing by Gray and Cocker. The texts are not conceived as an explication of Berthing Bone, but rather as a set of proposals or thought-fragments imagined alongside which exercise the practice of attention that the video calls forth.
Berthing Bone was filmed on location at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Longside Gallery, Wakefield. Performance and direction by Victoria Gray. Camera and post-production by Orillo Productions. Funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Supported by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Arts Council Collection. The publication MANUAL is designed by PRIMARY (Nottingham) and supported by Nottingham Trent University.
To request a full version of the video or to request copies of MANUAL please email.