Nothing Random Access Memory is an all day screening and performance event, which brings together works by American artist Julia Heyward, shown for the first time in the UK. Since the early 1970s, Heyward’s multifarious practice has explored language through live performance, photography, film and video and interactive digital works. Nothing Random Access Memory includes early, mid-career and recent works including two interactive live performances by the artist titled Miracles in Reverse (1996) and 29 SpaceTime (2017), a series of video vignettes and interactive panoramic projections.

Heyward employs a variety of vocal techniques, musical styles, and visual spectacles in her work. Her films and performances draw on personal biographical narratives, childhood trauma and themes of faith and spirituality as well as larger societal issues, among them class and gender inequality and environmental rights. Heyward’s technically complex interactive projects continue the artist’s pursuit of establishing a “writing that is closer to the way we think, than the way we talk.”

The event Nothing Random Access Memory is organised by Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff. A performance and screening by Julia Heyward will travel to the Bronx Museum in New York City in March 2018.


Julia Heyward (b. 1949, USA) lives and works in New York City and is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program. Also known as Duka Delight, she was a major figure in the city‘s downtown performance art scene during the 1970s. During the 1980s she was involved with the No wave scene, both as a member of the band T­Venus and as producer and editor of several important music videos, including Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House (1983). Throughout her career she has collaborated with artists and musicians, notably Ericka Beckman and Laurie Anderson, and her work has been cited as a major influence by artists such as Mike Kelley. Heyward has been nominated for and granted several prizes and stipends including the inaugural New York Dance and Performance Award, also known as the Bessie, in 1984, the Guggenheim Fellowship in Multimedia in 1999, as well as awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. During her 30 year long career, her works have been widely exhibited, with recent shows at MoMA (2016), Redcat Los Angeles (2016), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2015) and Whitney Museum of American Art (2013). In 2015 she was the subject of the retrospective exhibition Conscious Knocks Unconscious at The Wattis Institute in San Francisco, curated by Jamie Stevens. Recent works, such as the panoramic 29 SpaceTime (in collaboration with Perry Hoberman), employ digital and interactive technologies that fuse stage performance with projection.

Architecture of Storage


02/03/2018 – South London Gallery, London

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screening / performance, NOTHING RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

screening / performance, NOTHING RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

screening / performance, NOTHING RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

installation view