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Mary Coble

Senior lecturer

Mary Coble
Senior lecturer
mary.coble@akademinvaland.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 132, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 41137 Göteborg


Valand Academy (More Information)
Box 132
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Mary Coble

Embracing unpredictability, messiness and failure Coble has worked with performance art for over 15 years, through this time aiming to manifest problems of bodily, societal and symbolic navigation particularly focusing on issues of injustice and normative boundaries. Recurrent themes in Coble’s work revolve around queer politics and poetics often working site-specifically, research-based and - from time to time - collectively/participatory. Engagement in artistic practices and interventions within and outside of established institutions and the use of activist strategies are integral to Coble’s work.

As an educator Coble supports other in considering the complexity, potential and power that their work can hold. Methods of play, experimentation, failing, re-examining, and re-contextualizing are used to challenge and support a mode of working that translates into their own artistic practice and visual language. Coble also challenges them to question their praxis and aesthetics, re-invent themselves, expand outside of what they see as safe and familiar and to give themselves the freedom to experience an energy of making art that may not always be comfortable.

Coble’s current artistic work and research “Gestures of Defiance (working title) evolves around tactics, props and gestures used in the history of queer activism and related political protests; specifically focusing on the raised fist and the practice of glitter bombing. ”Tactical frivolity” typically involving humor, performativity and peaceful non-compliance in reaction to social injustice such as pieing, drag, glitter bombing, and various forms of political theater are also keys points of research with Coble’s current work. Considering manifestations of resistance through symbols, actions, language or silence and asking how can resistance be formulated from a queer or marginalized position Coble thinks through and with a performative practice.

Coble’s argues for the necessity of the “killjoy” figure (Sarah Ahmed) as a position of resistance within marginalized communities and normative structures that are based on particular set of codes, rules and expectations. The killjoy figure or symbol of defiance confronts the power that is executed from within this homogeny and opens a space for resistance. Coble calls for a queer insistence on deviance as a deconstruction of the power that the norm performs (Judith Butler).

In the live work from 2015 Performing Defiance (image seen here; photo credit: Photo Credit: Tongyu Zhao/Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival), Coble repeated the gesture of the raised fist combined with extensive glitter bombing in order to re-activate these gestures in a durational act of protest. The piece incited exhilaration and exhaustion, allowing for again, this unpredictability, messiness and failure which are particular points of interest and excitement for Coble and refers to Jack Halberstam’s proposal that resisting heteronormative standards of success and deliberately failing is a queer art in itself.

Originally from a small farming community in Julian, North Carolina, USA Coble attended graduate school in Washington, DC and lived there for 10 year. Coble taught at various art institutions in the United States during this time including at The George Washington University in Washington, DC as a Professorial Lecturer in Photography and at Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. Courses designed and taught include: Time, Space and Technology in Video and Performance (co-taught with Siobhan Rigg); Professional Practices, Contemporary Photography; Color Photography; Advanced Digital Printing and Introduction to Black and White Photography.

From 2011-2014 as a Professor at the Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark Coble designed and facilitated workshops such as Performance in Practice; Non-Traditional Photography; Dark Matter: The Politics and Practice of Art in Urban Spaces; Site Specific Installation as Radical Transformation and Another Kind of Public Education (co-taught with Jeuno JE Kim).

Collaboration and spaces that support dialogue and community are ideals that Coble values and finds in part through residencies and artist in residency programs. Coble has been an artist-in-residence through IASPIS: Swedish Visual Arts International Residency Program in Umeå, SE; Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Ranier, MD and in Washington, DC as part of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Artist at Work With Youth Program. Coble has attended numerous residencies most notably the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.

Coble’s work, which has been included in exhibitions such as Queer Objectivity, The Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive, Nikolaj Center of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark and in the traveling archive re.act.feminism #2-a performing archive.

Coble has performed live as part of 13 Festivalen, Festival of Performance Art in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Rapid Pulse Performance Festival in Chicago, Illinois; the MADE Festival, Umea, Sweden; Commitment Issues: An Evening of Performances at Oasis Aqualounge, an ‘up-scale sex club” supported by FADO Performance Art Network, Toronto, Canada; Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY and in Performa 05, a visual art performance biennial at Artists Space, NYC, NY.

The most recent multimedia solo exhibitions include Still Deferred, The Center of Arts and Education, Umea, Sweden (2015), Gestures of Defiance at the Vita Kuben, Umea, Sweden (2015); Protest in Pride a work commissioned by the Gothenburg Pride Festival (2014) at Gothenburg City Library and in the “Pride Parade”; Deferral, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2013) and Maneuvering, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012).

Coble currently lives and has a studio in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mary Coble/2016
www.marycoble.com
http://gesturesofdefiance.blogspot.se

 

Latest publications

Let's Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy? Workbook
Eva Weinmayr, Mary Coble, Andreas Engman, Rose Borthwick, Kanchan Burathoki
Gothenburg/London, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg co-published with AND Publishing, London, Textbook 2016
Textbook

This is not a party
Mary Coble
Jan 4-6, 2016. 13 Festivalen, Performance Art Festival, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Timeline of Disruption-Live Performance and Glittivism and Fistivism: Gestures of Defiance-Lecture
Mary Coble
//BUZZCUT//, Performance Festival, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland //BUZZCUT// Sideburns Symposium, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy
Rose Borthwick, Kanchan Burathoki, Mary Coble, Andreas Engman, Eva Weinmayr
● Three-day mobilization: Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy took place at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, SE 12—14 Oct 2016● Online Blog/Archive: Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy: http://whatisfeministpedagogy.tumblr.com● Publication/Workbook: Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy Workbook (print and online), Valand Academy Gothenburg, AND Publishing London● Krabstadt film screening (Jeuno Kim and Ewa Einhorn): A-Venue Exhibition Space, Gothenburg, SE● Participation in Exploiting Justice Symposium: Processes, Performances and Politics-a multi/ interdisciplinary symposium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Gothenburg, November 27, 2016, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Performance Matters Archive, Curation and Presentation
Mary Coble
A-Venue, Gothenburg, Sweden, Artwork 2016
Artwork

PULSE-Live Performance; PULSE Golden Book-Publication; PULSE-Daily Workshop
Mary Coble
Performed at: In/future: A Festival of Art & Music, Ontario Place Park, Toronto, Canada. Commissioned and presented as part of MONOMYTHS, FADO Performance Art Center, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Let’s Mobilize! Here’s what we learned: Pedagogy and Social Justice.
Eva Weinmayr, Mary Coble, Rose Borthwick
Exploiting Justice. Processes, Performances and Politics, Symposium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Gothenburg (27-28 November 2016) , Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Still Deferred, Solo Exhibition
Mary Coble
Exhibited at Konstfrämjandet i Västerbotten The Center of Arts and Education, Umeå, Sweden English, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Spaces for Resistance
Mary Coble
Vita Kuben Contemporary Art Exhibition Space, NorrlandsOpera Umeå, Sweden, Artwork 2015
Artwork

RAISE YOUR FIST!
Mary Coble
Exhibited at Konstfrämjandet i Västerbotten (The Center of Arts and Education), Umeå, Sweden, Artwork 2015
Artwork

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2016

Let's Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy? Workbook
Eva Weinmayr, Mary Coble, Andreas Engman, Rose Borthwick, Kanchan Burathoki
Gothenburg/London, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg co-published with AND Publishing, London, Textbook 2016
Textbook

This is not a party
Mary Coble
Jan 4-6, 2016. 13 Festivalen, Performance Art Festival, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Timeline of Disruption-Live Performance and Glittivism and Fistivism: Gestures of Defiance-Lecture
Mary Coble
//BUZZCUT//, Performance Festival, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland //BUZZCUT// Sideburns Symposium, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy
Rose Borthwick, Kanchan Burathoki, Mary Coble, Andreas Engman, Eva Weinmayr
● Three-day mobilization: Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy took place at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, SE 12—14 Oct 2016● Online Blog/Archive: Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy: http://whatisfeministpedagogy.tumblr.com● Publication/Workbook: Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy Workbook (print and online), Valand Academy Gothenburg, AND Publishing London● Krabstadt film screening (Jeuno Kim and Ewa Einhorn): A-Venue Exhibition Space, Gothenburg, SE● Participation in Exploiting Justice Symposium: Processes, Performances and Politics-a multi/ interdisciplinary symposium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Gothenburg, November 27, 2016, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Performance Matters Archive, Curation and Presentation
Mary Coble
A-Venue, Gothenburg, Sweden, Artwork 2016
Artwork

PULSE-Live Performance; PULSE Golden Book-Publication; PULSE-Daily Workshop
Mary Coble
Performed at: In/future: A Festival of Art & Music, Ontario Place Park, Toronto, Canada. Commissioned and presented as part of MONOMYTHS, FADO Performance Art Center, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Let’s Mobilize! Here’s what we learned: Pedagogy and Social Justice.
Eva Weinmayr, Mary Coble, Rose Borthwick
Exploiting Justice. Processes, Performances and Politics, Symposium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Gothenburg (27-28 November 2016) , Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

2015

Still Deferred, Solo Exhibition
Mary Coble
Exhibited at Konstfrämjandet i Västerbotten The Center of Arts and Education, Umeå, Sweden English, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Spaces for Resistance
Mary Coble
Vita Kuben Contemporary Art Exhibition Space, NorrlandsOpera Umeå, Sweden, Artwork 2015
Artwork

RAISE YOUR FIST!
Mary Coble
Exhibited at Konstfrämjandet i Västerbotten (The Center of Arts and Education), Umeå, Sweden, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Showing 1 - 10 of 27

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