Browsing Category: performance art

  • Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Freedom (2011)

    Freedom from Eva and Franco Mattes aka 01.ORG on Vimeo. In the terms of the ongoing wars, there is really only one side you or I can be on in the infiinte struggle between freedom and tyranny. But Eva and Franco Mattes have questioned the extent of that freedom, with a novel approach to playing …

    April 14, 2012
  • Sarah Maple and Beverley Knowles, It’s just like any other job really… (2012)

    It turns out that despite ourselves, even the most urbane and politically correct audience can still love a beauty pageant.  The sequence of young women in swimsuits could not be more easy on the eye It is obvious what heterosexual men might get from this. But women too were enjoying it. There were no shortage …

    March 31, 2012
  • Plastique Fantastique, Impossible Diagrams

    What to make of a flicker between a bandaged head and a face carved in a brieze block. Or an unshaven mouth which hi-jacks a news report. Or self-immolation illustrated as if for a kids’ book. Quite a bit happens in the Plastique Fantastique show at Grey Area. Not all is easy to describe and …

    May 27, 2011
  • Liberate Tate performance @ Tate Britain

    Disclaimer: this is not an eyewitness account, but then an eyewitness account would be missing the point. This is a response to a press release and a news story. By all accounts, the unendorsed performance went like this: two veiled figures poured an oil-like liquid over a naked man in the foetal position on the …

    April 20, 2011
  • Edwina Ashton, Peaceful serious creatures (lobster arranging), 2011

    Most of those lucky enough to see Edwina Ashton’s performance at Jerwood Space in the next five weeks will be, presumably, non-plussed. How else to react to people dressed as lobsters? For three hour stretches the lobsters may be seen to rearrange objects. There may be more to it, but that’s the gist. It’s a …

    March 18, 2011
  • Marcus Coates, The Trip (2011)

    Towards the end of this 35 minute film, a horrible thought occurred to me. Maybe Marcus Coates is making the whole thing up and playing an unethical trick on a terminally ill man. In voiceover, with a view from a hospice room, he describes a trip up the Amazon in vivid detail. It is lush, …

    March 3, 2011
  • Rory Macbeth, The Wanderer by Franz Kafka, 2011

    Looking at art and reading can seem poles apart. Galleries are public spaces in which we move from one room to another. Reading is usually sedentary and usually in some way private. But The Wanderer by Franz Kafka, by Rory Macbeth, suggests otherwise. The title promises a mobile activity, while the reading which took place …

    February 1, 2011
  • John Maeda is the Fortune Cookie, Riflemaker

    Despite better intentions, this blog post is all about me. And you can see none other than myself in this Polaroid taken by artist, academic, and sometime futurologist John Maeda. I met John earlier today in a sandpit where he is spending four days in performance as a sort of live interactive fortune cookie. That …

    November 17, 2010
  • Antti Laitinen, The Bark (2010)

    Around the last corner of his show at A Foundation, you stumble upon this workshop of nature-loving Antti Laitinen. The scene is not filled with charm or wonder, but rather shock and horror. Something unexpected and industrial is going on. There are gas cylinders and what look to be tar bricks. Work has suddenly stopped, …

    September 30, 2010
  • Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1980-1981 (1980-1981)

    A man enters a room and punches a clock every hour on the hour for 365 days. It is like something from the Guinness Book of Records. The achievement is so athletic it transcends art. But there is nothing quirky or sporty about the current exhibition of Tehching Hsieh’s performance. More than 8,000 documentational photographs …

    September 23, 2010