Tuesday 26 March 2024

Lucy Furlong - Translocation and Dislocation (words by Dean Reddick)

Welcome to the Translocation and Dislocation exhibition, a selection of eclectic artworks that have been placed or screened beyond the tradition gallery walls. Alongside the art, you can read written works by our First Responders. We will choose a different location for each artwork, the art might be placed in a complementary location (to add to the narrative) or juxtaposed against a competing backdrop to create new meaning.

Created by artist and poet Lucy Furlong, this Asemic Airways flight was first flown outside the British Library on a very wet day. Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. First Responder Dean Reddick has recorded his own interpretation for us, read it below.

Lucy Furlong

First Responder: Dean Reddick


Flat to start with a rippled skin, a premonition and prayer for rain.
Then the folds, carefully administered with your tongue sticking out,
A small concentration crease on your brow.

Pristine and new, sharp nosed and eager, waiting
For the fuel of your arm to enter the air and let me go.
Briefly alight, slicing, gliding, falling.

The destination is wet, muddy and puddled.
All my hard edges gone soft and loose.
A single flight from here to there.


The writing journey of Lucy Furlong has taken her from signing a record deal aged 19, as a singer and lyricist in a band, to a stint in corporate communications working on in-house publications in the 1990s and early 2000s. She attained a degree in creative writing and journalism at Kingston University, and then a MFA in creative writing, specialising in poetry, alongside a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE). Lucy has published and performed poetry for over a decade, and her work is taught as part of the Open University MA in Creative Writing. 

Dean Reddick is an artist and an art therapist. He frequently works with casting process and loves drawing trees. https://deanreddick.blogspot.com/

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