I understand performance and action as a site of encounter, between identities, bodies and ideas. These encounters are charged with the potential for transformation.
I am concerned with the interplay of bodily and textual poetics.
I value sustained attention and focus, challenge, discomfort and connection. My queer identity and politics charges my work.
I work with ritual action and mythic forms, reassembling old stories and fashioning new ones to form a queer mythos of desire, memory and endurance for the age of the anthropocene.
My performances are acts of mythopoesis - embodying other ways of being, in other possible worlds. Ritualistic performance is the technology through which this transformation is attempted.
These rituals involve difficulty, duress and actions make visible the tensions and complexities inherent in human experience, such as that between violence and desire.
I understand landscape as the encounter between self, place and time. My performances are often both drawn from encounters with landscape and are an attempt to construct them.
I do not ask you to be a witness. My work foregrounds the immediacy of the sweating, nude, bleeding body before you, but through this body I hope that you may process, desire, mourn or commune.
Joseph Morgan Schofield (b. 1993, Rochdale, UK) is a performance artist. They are the lead artist of 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.
Joseph co-produces move close, with Es Morgan and Sara Sassanelli.
Joseph has performed throughout the UK, including at Tempting Failure, Arnolfini, Camden People's Theatre, Fierce Festival and ]performance s p a c e[, where they were recently a PAUSE & AFFECT residency artist. Internationally, Joseph has performed in Maubourguet (fr), Darmstadt (de), Thessaloniki (gr) and Venice (it). In 2020, Joseph will be a guest artist and lecturer of Venice International Performance Art Week.
As a collaborator and performer, Joseph has worked with//for Benjamin Sebastian, David Hoyle, Es Morgan, Eve Fehilly, hancock and kelly live, John King, Kate Stonestreet, Martin O’brien and Sheree Rose, Nat Norland, Neil Bartlett and Sara Sassanelli.
The following statement was amended, September 2019.
joseph morgan schofield (b. 1993, Rochdale, UK) is an artist working in performance.
they understand performance as a space ripe with the potential for transformation. through their work they seek to interrogate visible and invisible tensions, using ritual and mythic forms to articulate a language of desire and endurance.
across the body and text, joseph utilises mythopoetic fictioning to create performances where memory, history, and imagination blur. from out of these acts queer archives, obscured traumas, forgotten terrains emerge.
things unfold with intensity and determined force; across a duration spectacle, and masc notions of heroic suffering are subverted or undercut. the body itself becomes a [queer] structure for ritual, for processing, for communing.