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Mary Coble

Senior lecturer

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

Postal Address: Box 132, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 41137 Göteborg


Valand Academy (More Information)
Box 132
405 30 Göteborg
www.akademinvaland.gu.se
info@akademinvaland.gu.se
Fax: +46(0)31786 51 19
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Mary Coble

Coble is a gender queer artist, activist and educator working mainly with live art, photography and installation. Coble aims to manifest problems of bodily, societal and symbolic navigation particularly focusing on issues of social injustice and normative boundaries. Recurrent themes in Coble’s practice revolve around trans*/queer/ feminists politics, play, failure and intersectional activism. Often working site-specifically, research-based and collectively, engagement with artistic practices and interventions within and outside of established institutions and the use of activist strategies are integral to Coble’s ways of working. Coble’s artistic activities not only involve creating performances and other art works, but also leading and engaging in workshops, making publications, community organizing and activism.

As an educator Coble supports others in considering the complexity, potential and power that their work can hold in society. Methods of play, experimentation, failure, re-examining, and re-contextualizing are used to challenge and support a mode of working that translates into their own artistic practice, research and visual language. Coble also challenges others 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.


Learning about and collaboratively engaging in modes of radical and critical pedagogy is an ongoing focus for Coble which recently manifested during Lets Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy? (co-organized with Valand students and educators Rose Borthwick, Kanchan Burathoki, Andreas Engman and Eva Weinmayr). This was a year-long investigation of questions such as: "How can feminist and queer admission policies be developed and implemented within institutions? Can management be thought of more in terms of care than administration? What does it actually require to decolonize the curriculum? What is possible within self-organized learning environments, that is not within the institution? When do we learn? And what is the agency of publishing and documenting, of citation practices?" The project resulted in a three-day public seminar at Valand Academy as an investigation of feminist and queer pedagogies and the self-publishing of a workbook, 144 pages, (print and online) with national and international contributors. http://whatisfeministpedagogy.tumblr.com

Also working together with colleagues from Valand Academy Coble is active with the group P*D*A* (Public* Display* of Actions*), co initiated together with Kjell Caminha, Andreas Engman and Jeuno Kim. P*D*A* in its current manifestation is excited by the potential of radical empathy as an imaginative prism. A prism creating a spectrum of possibilities to find new tools of action and awareness. How can the visual and performative literacy of art be shared and used collectively among artists, activists, researchers, and the general public to navigate the swiftly changing social and political climate?

Working together on a performance called Radical Empathy: A Continuous Score (2017-ongoing) the group is sending out a call to action that has been mobilized from the urgent need to resist the intensifying normalization of fascism that litter the everyday public spaces and shape imaginaries. Using performance and speech tactics from street and guerilla theater, agitprop, Speakers' Corners, and political assemblies, the aim of Radical Empathy: A Continuous Score is to initiate contexts for collective experience, demonstration, and dialogue insisting on vigilance and direct process as a dramaturgical method and approach.


In general Coble’s current artistic work and research evolves around Queer Performance and Activist Strategies, looking at and performing iconic symbols, bodily gestures, chants, and signals used in political protest and as forms of resistance. With this practice-based research project the aim is to create a body of live works that activate queer performance’s social, artistic and political potential. This will in part involve identify the parallel dramaturgies of queer performance and activist strategies in the form of a physical vocabulary that will be activated in the new performance works. Whereas the project has its outset in queer performance, it will contribute to the wider critical discussions of performance art in an expanded field, which also include sound, spatial installation, political and experimental theater, dance and activism.


Teaching Background
Originally from a small farming community in Julian, North Carolina, USA Coble attended graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Living in the area for 10 years Coble taught at various art institutions 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 included: 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.


Moving to Copenhagen, Denmark-Coble, from 2011-2014 was 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); Shame and Performitvity in collaboration with The Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Frans Jacobi) and Valand Art Academy (Jason Bowman)


Artistic Background
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 Ingen rök utan eld. Shout Fire!, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, SE; Homosexuality_ies, The Schwules Museum*, Berlin, GE; TATTOO, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Turin, ITL; 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 //BUZZCUT// Performance Festival, Glasgow, SCT; Voices Performance Weekend, KODE-Art Museums of Bergen, NO; 13 Festivalen, Festival of Performance Art in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Rapid Pulse Performance Festival in Chicago, Illinois; the MADE Festival, Umea, Sweden; 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 Acting in Number, Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK; Still Deferred, The Center of Arts and Education, Umea, Sweden; Gestures of Defiance at the Vita Kuben, Umea, Sweden; Protest in Pride a work commissioned by the Gothenburg Pride Festival at Gothenburg City Library; Deferral, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and Maneuvering, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
www.marycoble.com

Coble currently works and lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. Pronouns are they/them.
MC Coble/2019
 

Latest publications

Acting in Numbers
Mary Coble
Galleri Image, Aarhus DK, Artwork 2018
Artwork

PULSE (Gothenburg)
Mary Coble
Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, SE, Artwork 2018
Artwork

One Movement
Mary Coble
Galleri Image, Aarhus DK, Artwork 2018
Artwork

Assembly
Mary Coble, Sara Arenfeldt, Jakob Niedziela, Nicolai Nielsen, Timo Viialainen
Commissioned for and included in Acting in Numbers: Linking Photography, Performance and Activism Seminar-a collaboration between Mary Coble; Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, DK and Galleri Image, Aarhus DK, Artwork 2018
Artwork

PULSING (Gothenburg), PULSING (Aarhus)
Mary Coble
PULSING (Gothenburg), Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, SE PULSING (Aarhus), Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK, Artwork 2018
Artwork

WE ARE HERE (Aarhus) & WE ARE HERE (Gothenburg)
Mary Coble
WE ARE HERE (Aarhus)- Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK WE ARE HERE (Gothenburg) - Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, SE, Artwork 2018
Artwork

Red Rover - Live Performance and Performance as Political Assembly Artistic Research and Development Workshop
Mary Coble
Performance as Political Assembly Artistic Research and Development Workshop was developed at KODE - Art Museums of Bergen and Bergen Academy of Art and Design , Norway Red Rover - The live public performance debuted as part of Voices/Stemmer Intern ational Performance Weekend; KODE - Art Museums of Bergen, KODE 1 /Byparken; Bergen, Norway, Artwork 2017
Artwork

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

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2016

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

Kings presented by The Schwules Museum* and the Deutsches Historisches Museum as part of the exhibition Homosexuality_ies
Mary Coble
“Homosexuality_ies”, The Schwules Museum* and the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Gestures of Defiance/Performing Defiance
Mary Coble
The Defibrillator Gallery, RAPID PULSE INTERNATINAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL, Chicago, Illinois, Artwork 2015
Artwork

Dancing to the News-Workshop, Co-organized with Ulla Hvejsel,
Mary Coble, Ulla Hvejsel
At the 13 Festivalen-Festival of Performance Art, Konstepidemin, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden, January 2016, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

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