Cally Spooner was born in United Kingdom (1983), and now lives and works in Turin, Italy.
Rooted firmly in her training in philosophy, her practice is generated through writing and unfolds as installation, sculpture, drawing, film, sound and performance. These manifestations often incorporate duration, erosion, waiting, rehearsal and collapse as acts of resistance, aimed at exploring the difference between what is alive and what is dead in our present, techno-capitalist climate.
Spooner investigates the demand for bodies to perform and enact themselves as currency in a chrononormative regime, which transforms previously embodied knowledge into stagnated bodies, products of predictive behaviours, visual currency, and economic codes. In response, her work takes on the task of sustaining negotiations that are subjective, social, and ongoing. As Catherine Wood has stated in her book, Performance in Contemporary Art, this is Spooner’s unique understanding of performance: a call for the enabling of ‘that which lives’ as a state of restlessness; a refusal to settle.
Cally Spooner’s most recent solo shows include DEAD TIME, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2019; SWEAT SHAME ETC., Swiss Institute New York, 2018; Everything Might Spill, Castello Di Rivoli, Rivoli, 2018; DRAG DRAG SOLO, Contemporary Art Centre Geneva, Geneva, 2018; Soundtrack For A Troubled Time, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2017; On False Tears and Outsourcing, New Museum, New York, 2016
On False Tears, her monograph, was published by Hatje Cantz and Edizione Madre in 2020. Her book Scripts (2016) is published by Slimvolume, and her novel Collapsing in Parts (2012) is published by Mousse Publishing.
gb agency, Paris
From July 11 to July 31, 2020
gb agency, Paris
From November 30th 2019 to January 11th, 2020
Grand Palais, Paris
October 17 - 20, 2019
12-16 June 2019
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York
Centre National de la Dance
10-11 November 2018
MABA Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne
May 31th to July 22th 2018
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
March 02 — April 18 2018
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
2 March 2017 to 21 May 2017
Independent Régence, Brussels
From October 27 to December 17, 2016
October 15 to November 27, 2016
March 3-6, 2016
Spring Studios, NY
La Ferme du Buisson. Centre d’art contemporain
13 February 2016
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
16 Jan - 17 Apr 2016
On False Tears and Outsourcing, 2016
Contributions from Helga Christoffersen, Cally Spooner, Dan Graham and Hendrik Folkerts.
7 1/4” x 9 3/4”
Color images throughout
Editor Helga Christoffersen
Publisher New Museum, 2016
On False Tears and Outsourcing, Peep-Hole Sheet #28, 2016
Edition of 350
broadsheet, 48 x 33 cm
On False Tears and Outsourcing (the pop song!), 2016
With essays and contributions from Charles Aubin, Sabrina Tarasoff, Pete Waterman - pop music guru, Cally Spooner and Cally Spooner’s Lawyer.
Printed and bound on Riso 7150 ComColor printer
on October 2016 at Lafayette Anticipation – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
A selection from Cally Spooner’s scripts edited by Andrew Hunt and Cally Spooner with an introduction by Will Holder
208 pages, 12 black and white illustrations
210mm x 150mm
Collapsing in Parts, 2013
Published by Mousse and International Project Space
Andrew Bonacina, editor
Text by Cally Spooner
Softcover, 11 x 18 cm