Emma Smith

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Over the last year, artist Emma Smith has been developing a new work for Tyntesfield in collaboration with National Trust volunteers, as part of New Expressions 3.

The project, Magister Dixit, is a sculpture, but also a performance.

It is a curious object, which contorts itself to engage audiences in different ways. You can read from it, play a game on it, explore items from the collection, give a recital, or deliver your very own public service. Focusing on the power of the spoken word, the work is inspired by the history of performance, ritual and service at Tyntesfield. 

The project takes its title from the Pythagorean phrase ‘the master has said’ which stems from an inscription on the door of the Tyntesfield library which reads: Scripta Manent Verba Volant (the written word stays and the spoken word flies).    

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Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, including organised events, performance, participation, sound and text, she explores the inter-relation between people and place. Smith will be working with National Trust Tyntesfield as part of New Expressions 3.