• Spekyng Rybawdy

Jackson, Melanie, 2020, Show, Exhibition or Event, Spekyng Rybawdy

Abstract or Description:

MattFlix presents Melanie Jackson’s spekyng rybawdy (2020), a video work created for MattFlix and a book published by Procreate Project.

Spekyng RybawdyeMED s.v. “ribaudi” (n.), (b): “obscenity, scurrility, bawdry; coarse speech; an obscene story”;
DMLBS s.v. “turpiloquium” (n.): “foul or offensive speech.”

The video and book draw on a particular set of medieval “obscenities”. Pilgrim Badges were small cast tin or lead alloy brooches that were mass-produced and easily affordable, and part of a vast and profitable pan-European trade. They are often discovered in the banks and the beds of its rivers. They are exquisite, rough-hewn and lively-sculpted reliefs. A group of these – of which little was written or acknowledged but many made and found – are known as the bawdy badges, or the secular badges, sexual badges, or the erotic pins. These badges delight in hybridity – an extravagant imaginary of social and sexual reproduction.

In spekyng rybawdy, a parade of these figures has been re-imagined and re-drawn reinstating their spectral effect with ink and pigment – to join once again in the public places that we currently have available to us, albeit at distance, where the eye and hand can wander in print as a succession of plates, and online as an animated assembly.

Being called a name – being reduced to one’s organs can be the site of injury, but that name-calling may be the initiating moment of a counter-mobilization…insurrectionary speech becomes the necessary response to injurious language, a risk taken in response to being put at risk, a repetition in language that forces change.

Judith Butler, Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative, 1997

Spekyng Rybawdyonline13 Nov – 18 Dec 2020One person show
Official URL: https://www.mattsgallery.org/mattflix/spekyng-ryba...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 13:38
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 13:38
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5403
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