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Writer and translator Kate Briggs’ commissioned response to Rebuilding Urania by Renèe Helèna Browne: ‘Tell Me About It’ in UNCHORUS, a publication by Freelands Foundation.
UNCHORUS 2023 features the practices of the twenty artists who have participated as the third cohort of the Freelands Artist Programme. It contains commissioned texts by 21 writers, poets, philosophers, artists and curators, as well as artists’ interruptions and a lexicon of artist development. Photos by Andy Stagg.
Browne presents a new drawing Urania Dreaming at ‘In the Same Breath’, a group exhibition at Freelands Foundation, London.
‘In the Same Breath’ is an exhibition of work by 20 artists in the third cohort of the Freelands Artist Programme. 23 March–29 May 2023. More info here
Renèe Helèna Browne shortlisted for the 2023 Margaret Tait Commission from LUX Scotland
The shortlist for the 2023 Margaret Tait Commission comprises Isabel Barfod, Renèe Helèna Browne, Rhona Mühlebach, and George Finlay Ramsay. The shortlisted artists have been invited to submit a proposal for the £20,000 commission, which will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in 2024, and will subsequently tour with LUX Scotland alongside a solo exhibition at LUX’s space in London. More info here
aemi & Project Arts Centre present: The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye, selected and presented by Renèe Helèna Browne, 2023
4 February 2023 / 18:30 / The Cube, Project Arts Centre, Dublin
In-person screening programme + introduction by Renèe Helèna Browne
The first screening in Ireland of the early works of Cheryl Dunye, the director of the seminal The Watermelon Woman and innovator of a new form of cinema about Black lesbian life. Selected and presented in-person by artist Renèe Helèna Browne as part of Rebuilding Urania (2021-ongoing).
T-Rex in Town by Renèe Helèna Browne features in Before Law by BAMBOAT | MITCHELL, 2023
Before Law is a website that features new and adapted works by artists, scholars, poets, thinkers, and performers. Before Law brings together practitioners invested in questioning the systems and narratives surrounding interspecies relations.
In their poetic narration, Browne muses on the figure of the T-Rex as an embodied form of abstraction, allowing us to think through and attend to the body, sex, gender and desire.
Before Law home: https://before-law.com/
T-Rex in Town by Renèe Helèna Browne: https://before-law.com/projects/t-rex-in-town
Rebuilding Urania Episode Two: A Strange Eight, Intermedia Gallery, CCA Glasgow, 2022
A Strange Eight is an exhibition of new work by artist Renèe Helèna Browne. The show contains drawings by Browne, and a soundscape produced with invited contributors Oreet Ashery, Sharlene Bamboat, Aaron Goddard, Mason Leaver-Yap, Tako Taal, Roy Claire Potter, Hamshya Rajkumar, and Aman Sandhu. The vocal soundscape also contains a score by Malin Lewis titled ‘Are We’, appearing courtesy OVER / AT E.P.: FOLKS’ SONGS. Along with the soundscape and drawings, Browne presents a hand-painted mural using the journal’s manifesto that appeared in all issues.
A Strange Eight is the third episode of an ongoing oral archiving project called Rebuilding Urania. Beginning with their research into Urania, a historic printed journal that foregrounded fluidity as an ideal model of gender and sexuality. Each issue began with the statement, “There are no ‘men’ or ‘women’ in Urania.” Privately distributed and published in London from 1916 – 1940, it was built by reprinting articles from newspapers around the world along with new contributions from its editors and invited writers. With poetry and prose, Urania provided readers with an alternative scientific and cultural basis for expression on androgyny and love.
Rebuilding Urania has involved Browne connecting with people that feel instinctually right to share this thinking with. This simple process built further friendships and in a sense manifested a new network, brought together through a shared interest in the work of revisiting the original journal. In the invitation, Browne asked each contributor the following:
I’d like to ask you to record yourself reading the article and then to respond to it. It doesn’t have to be anything laborious, just saying how you felt about it. Did it make you think of anything else? Were there any points of connectivity for you? Were there the opposite? I’d love if you could think about where you might be in space to do the reading and maybe mention these decisions after in your response; are you on a walk, outdoors sitting down, in your bed, in the aisle of a shop? Is there a song playing in the background (random or chosen) or is it silent? What feel right to be sharing the text aurally? If it’s something you want to read together with another person(s) and discuss, or on your own, then please do whatever feels good.
Along with the soundscape, Browne presents a series of new colouring pencil drawings responding to the articles of Urania and a hand-painted mural using the journal’s manifesto that appeared in all issues.
Biographies of contributors:
if you would like to listen to any contributions please email moi
Photos: Patrick Jameson.
Benches: Jon Young.
Tech support: Kenny Christie
Thank you to Emmie McLuskey, James Clegg, Letitia Browne, Aaron Goddard, Esther Draycott, Beth Hayden, Annie Hazelwood, Eithne Browne, Jon Young, Kenny Christie, Mason Leaver-Yap, Helen Browne, Edward Browne, Ragini Chawla, Hey frens its renee group chat (Georgia dabizz, Daniel Tuomey, Hannah Fitz), Calum Sutherland, Emma Haugh, Jess + Matt at Sundays Print, and Siri Black.
Rebuilding Urania (2021 – ongoing) is a long-term multi-platform project by Browne. It began with Browne’s research into Urania, a historic printed journal that focused on gender and was privately distributed and published in London from 1916 – 1940.
Rebuilding Urania takes the form of multiple episodes with public presentations across radio, gallery and online contexts. The development of the project has involved Browne connecting with invited people to respond via sound to articles from the original journal and in doing so starting to build a community and friendships around ideas in the work.
The first iteration, Rebuilding Urania: Pilot (2021) was produced with Mason Leaver-Yap, Sharlene Bamboat and Hannah Fitz, with an outro by Malin Lewis’ Are We appearing courtesy OVER /AT E.P.: FOLKS’ SONGS. The Pilot was supported by Digital Radio’s Alternating Currents Festival (2021), Cove Park Residencies, and screened with Lux Scotland ‘One Artist One Work’, and Book Works UK for the Happy Hypocrite radio show on Resonance FM.
Episode One premiered at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway in 2021 as a place to sit, read and listen. This episode was produced with Oreet Ashery, Marian Mayland, Mason Leaver-Yap, and Hamshya Rajkumar. Episode Two will be made public at the Intermedia Gallery, Centre of Contemporary Art Glasgow in 2022. ‘Rebuilding Urania’ was first commissioned by the Project Arts Centre in 2020 for the Haven Commissions.
Rebuilding Urania Episode One installed at TULCA Festival of Visual Art 2021. Photo credit: Ros Kavanagh Model: Kate McSharry
READ Clay AD’s writing on Renèe Helèna Browne’s ‘Rebuilding Urania’. Clay AD is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and somatic bodyworker living and working in Glasgow.