Cannibal O

Catalina Barroso-Luque

Published by the CCA in collaboration with PSS with the support of Creative Scotland's Open Project Fund.

Cannibal O is a typeface narrative revolving around an I, a pair of ravenous eyes, a mouth, and a peptic ulcer called O. In the story I is pursued by O through a series of narrative passages set inside the oral cavity and the digestive tract. This internal narrative is interrupted by a second story – set outside the body – where I’s voracious eyes binge ready and her fingers obsessively munch on texts. As the narrative progresses the body break downs, fuelling an interior cannibalism where hierarchies, temporalities, and words lose their structure. The story utilizes narrative as a digestive approach towards research and a means of traversing behavioural obsessions.

Launched as part of Cannibal O, an intimate evening of feminist cannibalism hosted around a circular dining table, premiered at Intermedia Gallery (CCA Glasgow) on the 17th of April 2019.

Eight self-identifying women, alongside artists Liv Fontaine and Catalina Barroso-Luque as host, are invited to sit together, drink red wine and consume female authored art. In keeping with the decor, guests wear burgundy, pink or mauve toned attire. The event consists of four courses: a starter of Catalina's written barf titled Cannibal O, followed by a screening of Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses and a digitalised version of Hot Readings by Erica Scourti. For dessert, a newly commissioned live performance I’m the People Pleaser, by Liv Fontaine, is served.

Catalina Barroso-Luque is a Mexican, Glasgow based, artist. Catalina construct narratives inhabited by surrogate bodies, voices and texts, which foil how she relates to others and myself. Cannibal O is part of a series of fictional works focused on character performativity and the politics of typography; other pieces include: Ñ613 (Commissioned by the Wellcome Centre for Anti-infectives Research, 2020), Ñ (MAP Magazine, 2019) and eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (Wave Farm, London 2018; Radio Space Borealis, Norway 2018; Glasgow Sculpture Studios Fellowship presentation, Glasgow 2017).

  • Pages: 24
  • Dimensions: 138mm × 210mm
  • Published: 20 November 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1-9996428-2-2