Firmly grounded within an eco-socio-political context, Jules Bishop’s artistic practice addresses the discourses of terror, trauma, and crisis. She applies a methodology of approaching her work using a prism of liminality. Her practice has evolved, with versatility, to encompass a multitude of different mediums including sculpture, video, performance, and, most recently, audience engagement.
Initially informed by a close personal relationship with acts of terror, Bishop has diversified her inquiries to encompass notions of liminality on a broader scale. Her particular research interest and studio practice focus on agency during the liminal moment. The urgency and agency of the climate crisis, mirror, in a contemporary temporal view of eco-aesthetics, the Duchampian-Burdenesque definition of the ‘inframince’ (the ultrathin) moment. Marcel Duchamp described this as, that moment between the sound of a gun being fired and seeing the mark of the bullet appear on a target. To Bishop, this defines the same ‘ultrathin’ moment of a vacuum as a bomb goes off. To the planet, this liminal period of the ‘betwixt and between’, is now. Her current enquiry poses the question of agency before the ‘tipping point’ and the place of no return.
Visceral in its nature, Bishop’s practice thrives on liveness. Improvisation, within predefined parameters, takes on the unknown. There is no script, and, the experiential nature of live performance becomes an individual yet collective happening.
Jules Bishop is a Fine Art student at the University of Northampton.