My background is in experimental theatre and music with a DIY ethos. This has informed my work both in terms of attitude and motivation. In an age of division and distraction, I am drawn to immediacy. I want to feel something and I want you to feel something too. Inviting an active audience is at the core of my practice. Here and elsewhere I employ the familiar language of popular culture - mirror balls, drum-stands, radios, white noise – to navigate unfamiliar terrain. Alongside my solo work, I often collaborate with Eoin Furbank under the name Dot Dash. Together we make noisy theatre, live and installation art.
I have recently been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 18, exhibiting with them at the Liverpool Biennial and South London Gallery this year.
Jessica Jordan-Wrench (b1983, UK) explores immediacy in live and installation art, both in terms of performer presence and modes of spectatorship within the audience experience. She is a founding member of dotdash (more information here) and a writer and sub editor (more information here).
2017 Associate Artist, Open School East
2007-08 MA Classical Acting, Central School of Speech and Drama
2001-05 Masters of Drama, University of Kent
2018, you took the words right out of my mouth
Video installation in a phone-booth as part of The Violet Hour, curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp at the Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate.
Created from clips of phone conversations in popular films, cut up and re-ordered to create a new narrative, you took the words right out of my mouth, places the watcher in an intimate conversation with a lost love / lover / life.
2017, I told you there was something in the air
Immersive installation as part of The Well at Open School East.
1% of static on detuned tvs and radios is afterglow from the big bang. In I told you there was something in the air I use this scientific theory as a launch pad to explore connectedness, memory and intimacy, via a road-trip to the apocalypse.
2017, All We Ever See of Stars (with Dot Dash)
“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everyone is going to die. The feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. Oh well, whatever, nevermind. Come watch a show, you lucky so-and-so.”*
Part performance, part gig, part megaphone guided meditation, performed across Dreamland Margate, All We Ever See of Stars featured: a disco ball, a mirror maze, rambling non-sequiturs, a singing seagull and a dancing bear.
*Camus, Cobain, Deerhoof, dotdash, Morty.
2016/17, Passing Phase (with Dot Dash)
24 lights. 24 loops. 24 minutes. A dazzling ode to chaos, performed in circles.
DOTDASH present an immersive performance installation, that explores patterns in chaos and order in disorder. Ultimately asking, is hope a Passing Phase?
Originally commissioned by Margate Festival and performed on Dreamland’s Big Wheel using 24 phasing lights (controlled wirelessly via dmx), sound loops and live performance. It then transferred to the Quarterhouse in Folkestone (a black box studio space), as part of Profound Sound Festival in 2017, following an R&D period supported by Arts Council England and the Tom Thumb Theatre.
“Wow, wow, wow, Passing Phase was incredible and clever … [it was] about daring to hope in times like these, even though we are cheering for sandcastles.” Margate Theatre Club
“Mesmerizing and fundamentally beautiful.” Gemma Cairney, BBC Radio1
For more work with Dot Dash please see here.
2016 - 2018 Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Lecturer
2016 - 2017 Gallery Manager, Hantverk & Found
2013 – 2017 Co-Artistic Director, Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
2013 – 2017 Co-Producer, Looping The Loop, Thanet
2015 – 2016 Curator, International Festival of Projections, Canterbury
2015 Creative Producer, Margate Festival
2015 Venue Programming Consultant for Fuel, London
Ongoing Freelance Writer, for more information please see here