Location: London
Website: www.ladiesofthepress.org
Bio:

The Ladies of the Press* are Ana Čavić and Renee O'Drobinak: a performative press duo that re-imagines the role of the publisher and the publicist into a theatrical persona. Their decidedly multifarious practice involves mincing together print and performance in impromptu settings, often with unexpected results—in print, but not necessarily printed. Their work, on or off the page, enacts a 'press' through a multitude of guises, reinterpreting the act of pressing in an ongoing series of performances that play on the rules and roles of publishing, engage with a readymade idea of press and locate it firmly in contemporary art practice.
The Ladies of the Press* are known to appear (and disappear) in matching costumes at private views and arts events in a myriad of personas, including: press desk personalities; publicists reporting from under the table; on-the-go publishers inviting spectators to join their signature LIVE PRESS! performances of impromptu on site, against-the-clock zine-making; the Mincing Machine, a monstrous entity with two heads and four hands, coauthoring articles and crunching poetry in a giant red cape with the use of an out of control typewriter raining paper and ink. It's a theatre of the bizarre celebrating all things print—press and publishing through role-playing and performativity, involving chance elements and audience participation.
The Ladies of the Press* are the editors and publishers of the annual interdisciplinary arts magazine Cluster Arts Magazine as well as performing, conducting workshops, lecturing, and writing. Whether on or off the page, each theatrical incarnation of the notion of a press develop into personas, where press becomes theatre, and theatre becomes press. It is publishing, enacted.

Exhibitions:

COMMISSIONS

2015 One week workshop residency at Camden Arts Centre as part of Camden 50

2015 One of four commissioned artists for the Camden50 project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Camden. Commissioned by the Arts and Tourism department of the London Borough of Camden.

2014 Audience engagement commission for Wirksworth Festival

2014 Co-editing/designing a publication for BMW Tate Live Workshops: ‘If You Had a Year to Change Something, What Would You Do?’. Commissioned by Tate Public Programmes.

2014 Identity design for the Al Madad Foundation Syria relief charity gala dinner; also performing a Live Press on the night

2012 Ladies* Channel for The News, Live broadcast/performance for Vanilla Gallery, Leicestershire 2012 (Supported by the Arts Council & BBC)

2011 A series of live art performances for the London Word Festival 2011

2011 Four part live art publications for Testing Grounds‘ 2011 programme

2011 LOTP* Channel Presents: TGN News Live at the Zabludowicz Collection, for Testing Ground 2011, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2016.3 The Maximum Wage with the Henningham Family Press, Hackney, London, UK

2015.11 Globe Road Poetry Festival, Queen Mary University, London

2015.11 Common Projects, Tate Education Workshop, Tate Britain, London, UK

2015.11 Against Delivery, Slade Research Centre, London, UK

2015.10 Demo Press at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

2015.10 Counter Plymouth, KARST, Plymouth, UK

2015.9 (x2) Demo Press with the Camden Tour Guides, Hampstead, London, UK

2015.9 Demo Press at Camden & Islington Young People’s Sexual Health Network launch, LIFT, London, UK

2015.8 (x2) Demo Press at Curious? Festival, King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter, London, UK

2015.5 Saboteur Awards, Vout-O-Reenee’s, London, UK

2015.4 Demo Press / Camden50 launch, House of Illustration, London, UK

2015.3 Sex and the Stereotype, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK

2014.11 Enterprise Awards, University of the Arts London, London, UK

2014.9 Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK

2014.8 Opening night of Balfron Season, Balfron Tower, London, UK

2014.3 BMW Tate Live Thought Workshops, Tate Modern, London, UK

2013.2 Everything Speaks, National Trust (Private event), Oxford, UK

2013.9 Science Museum Lates, Science Museum, London, UK

2013.3 The New Art of Making Books, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK

2012.12 When Rockets Burn Through Launch with Penned in the Margins, Toynbee Studios, London, UK

2012.10 Art Licks Annual, ICA, London, UK

2012.9Propositions: Discussions on Art Practice, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK

2012.7 (Im)Possible School Book. As Found., The Tanks at Tate Modern, London, UK

2012.7 Live and On Loan, Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London, UK

2012.6 The Restructure (Chris McCabe, Salt Publishing) Launch, The George, London, UK

2012.5 FADOffice, Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London, UK

2012.5 The News, Vanilla Gallery, Leicester, UK

2011.11 BFAMI Charity Auction, Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK

2011.10 Sluice Art Fair, London, UK

2011.10 This is Not a School, Five Years, London, UK

2011.6Hey, You! What are You Hiding Under Your Art? Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, UK

2011.4The Goodbye Library, London, UK

2011.4 Man/Machine, Richmix, London, UK (video)

2011.2 Testing Grounds – South Hill Park, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK

2011.1 Testing Ground 2011, The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

2010.12 What’s in a Collective? Part II at Brick Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA

2010.8 Real Presence Exhibition, KONAC Knjeginje Ljubice, Belgrade, Serbia

2010.6 Scratch Nights, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

2010.6 Microperformance, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

2010.5 First Independent Book Arts and Publishing Fair, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

2010.5 Thanks For Sharing!, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany

2010.5 Sounds From the Other City, Islington Mill Studios, Salford, UK

2010.4 Microperformance, The Agency Gallery, London, UK

2010.3 Café Carbon at Café Oto, Café Oto, London, UK

2010.2 Testing Grounds, South Street, Reading, UK

2010.1 Art/Science, Architecture/Cycling and the Blue Moon Theory of Magazining, The Gallery, at Cowcross St, London, UK

2009.10 James Taylor Project, James Taylor Gallery, London, UK

2009.7 Testing Grounds, Permanent Gallery, Brighton, UK

2009. 3-5 Enterprise 09 Festival, The Space, London, UK

TALKS

2016.10 Resistance LIVE PRESS performance and series of talks, visiting artist programme, Metropolitan University of Denver, Colorado, USA

2013.03 Presentation of work at The New Art of Making Books conference, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK

2012.10 Artist’s Talk with BA Fine Art students from Kent University, ICA, London, UK

2012.03 Exchange: Five Years, a talk with Five Years at La Scatola Gallery, London, UK

2012.03 A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: a talk with Paul Buck and Arnaud Desjardin, X Marks the Bökship, London, UK

2010.10 Towards a Theatre of the Bizzare: What if John Cage had watched Serbian music television?, at Dalston Brain Trust, St Barnabas Church, London, UK

2010.6 Ladies of the Press* talk at London College of Communication Degree Shows, BA Book Arts, London, UK

2010.3 How to Liberate Yourself From Arial…But Have the Balls to Use Word Art in Shoreditch. And LOVE it., KALEID Editions, London, UK