My works are acts of mythopoesis - process driven embodiments of other ways of being in other possible worlds. I utilise ritual action as a technology of divination, a way to vision, prophecy or fiction [other] [queer] futurities.
From the shards of myths and memories, I distil a queer poetics of body, material, text and space. My ritual actions often involve difficulty and duress, foregrounding the immediacy of the sweating, bleeding, leaking body.
I understand my self to be made up of many selves. I am a Romantic.
I both draw on landscapes – which I understand as the encounter between self(s), place and time – and (un)earth them, finding, remembering or imagining new and lost terrains.
I value sustained attention, focus, connection, challenge, discomfort. In distillation, I hope to complicate. I seek to tug on all kinds of (in)visible tensions - noise violence beauty silence resilience refusal plurality excess hope.
My queer identity and politics charge my work.
I often work in ways that are semi-scored, ‘channeling’ desires, impulses and ideas as ‘spirits’ in unfolding explorations of desire, memory and endurance.
I make performance to offer a site of encounter, through which you might process, desire, mourn or commune.
Joseph Morgan Schofield (b. 1993, Rochdale, UK) is a performance artist and writer. They organise F U T U R E R I T U A L, a performance and research project considering ritual and queer futurity, which they established with Thomas Yeomans in 2017.
They are an associate artist of ]performance s p a c e[, and a frequent collaborator of Venice International Performance Art Week. Joseph has performed throughout the UK – including at Tempting Failure, Arnolfini, Camden People’s Theatre and ]performance s p a c e[ - and internationally in France, Germany, Greece and Italy.
As a collaborator and performer, Joseph has worked with//for Es Morgan, Sara Sassanelli, John King, Kate Stonestreet, VestAndPage, Benjamin Sebastian, Martin O’Brien and Sheree Rose, Nat Norland, hancock and kelly live, David Hoyle and Neil Bartlett.
Image: between crisis and stasis I wait, 2019. Credit: Zack McGuinness.