Kelly, Mary (6 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-13, 2004-09-14

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    The British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Kelly, Mary, 1941- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Tape 4: Side A: MK recalls her move to London, 1968, and cultural climate of the time; describes her sixties attire. Mentions Charles Harrison, editor Studio International, teaching at Central St. Martin's [CSM]. Refers to Anthony Caro, Gilbert and George, Richard Long. Talks about her double talent as artist and writer. SOUND FAULT where MK talks about influence of other artists at CSM and discovers insight into how daring one could be in terms of the visual. Remarks on screen prints on plexiglass using elements from architecture. Mentions Robin Blackburn [RB] and Fred Halliday. Talks of sense of glamour and excitement within the intellectual and artistic milieu in which MK found herself; interweaving of sexual cultural and political. RB writing for New Left Review. Mentions Maxine Molyneux, Juliet Mitchell [JM], Perry Anderson [PA]. Talks about PA. Mentions ( Juliet Wezon?). Branca Magas and Quinton Hoare. Liz Merrington married to John Merrington; Sally Alexander and Gareth Steadman Jones, also Ben Brewster . Importance for MK of gradual alignment of theory and practice in her artwork; interest in work of Art & Language and communication with Terry Smith and Terry Atkinson. MK emphasises significance of Joseph Kosuth and refers to Wittgenstein; points out gap in Conceptual Art practice. Remarks on Steve Willets and Control Magazine; refers to Peter Wollen [PW] and Laura Mulvey [LM] and Victor Burgin [VB]. Mentions Althusser. Refers to group called Theoretical Practice; also Screen Magazine's development of cultural ideas rooted in semiotics and psychoanalysis. MK joins Berwick St. Film Collective to do “The Nightcleaners”. Remarks on formation of 'The History Group' 1969; arousal of interest in Jacques Lacan. Mentions magazine 'Shrew' and articles by JM 'Why Freud?' and MK “ National Liberation and Women's Liberation” published in 'The History Group' edition of “Shrew”. MK talks about thinking behind this article and clarifies notions of separateness and autonomy. [PAUSE] Necessity of The Women's Movement for its own discursive methods and practices. Talks about distinguishing features between European Women's Movement and American Women's Movement called “Now”.

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