Ceri Hand Gallery, Booth YG4
1-3 March 2013
VIP Preview: 28 February 2013
Olympia Grand Hall
London W14 8UX
Ceri Hand Gallery will be taking new work by Matthew Houlding, Juneau Projects, Hannah Knox, Eleanor Moreton, Samantha Donnelly, Bedwyr Williams and Mel Brimfield.
Bedwyr Williams and Doug Jones will also have sculptures in the Art Projects section of the fair.
Art13 London will also stage Art13 Performances – a dedicated platform for performance art Art13 Performances will address the recent revival of the medium, taking performance art out of the gallery and placing it in a new context. A dedicated booth, designed by Bedwyr Williams, will showcase 11 performances by international artists, representing the range of contemporary performance art being produced today.
Art13 Performances will be curated by Amanprit Sandhu, who has overseen projects for the Liverpool Biennial and outdoor commissions for the Cultural Olympiad. Set against a site-specific backdrop designed by Williams, the presentations range from dysfunctional monologues to performances in which the audience are invited to become active participants.
Fair Director Stephanie Dieckvoss commented “Art13 Performances will acknowledge the diverse practises which constitutes performance art today. The addition of a booth dedicated to performance art addresses the recent revival of the medium, in line with the proliferation of performance in museums and institutions. The booth will give performance art a dedicated space at the Fair, and a core to our programming. This innovative programme will take performance art out of the gallery and place it in a new context, meeting the demands of an audience that wants to feel empowered, engaged and involved.”
Diverse in their language and form, the artists featured in the Art13 Performances programme have common threads running through their practice. The role of the narrator and the artists’ voice as a purveyor of truths is ever present in the sardonic tale presented by Bedwyr Williams (Ceri Hand Gallery), and Juneau Projects’ (Ceri Hand Gallery) short radio play. Bedwyr Williams, who will represent Wales at this year’s Venice Biennale, will perform a 20-minute reading describing a burglary. Williams draws on his own experiences to draw out everyday neurosis, coupling the humour of a stand-up comic with increasingly dark observation. Meanwhile, Juneau Projects will perform The Infocalypse Stack, a live radio play that will feature a musical score and text being read aloud. The text considers possible means of artistic production in a post-apocalyptic society. The music will be played on electric guitars and homemade instruments, generating fractured sound effects and a drone-based soundtrack, punctuating the text being read out.
The body, as a site of resistance and representation, is central to the performances of international artists Joel Yuen (2092 Gallery, Singapore) and Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter (Alexander Ochs Gallery, Germany/China). Singaporean artist Joel Yuen will present Anthem, a critique on the political indoctrination within the Asian and Southeast Asian context. Clad only in a pair of black running shorts and with his skin covered in red paint, the artist will use action and repetition, colour and perspiration to debunk the aura of secular rituals. The performance duo Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter from Kenya and Germany respectively, will use a live camera to capture distinct moments of touching and handling fruits that are reminiscent of Mwangi’s childhood in Kenya. Sequences of the video will be projected so that previous moments are related to new actions of the performer, and a gesture made in hiding will later be
revealed via its video recording.
The use of the body as both a tool and source of production is explored in the performances of artists Helena Hunter (Jerome Zoda, Italy) and Myriam El Haik (Vincenz Sala Paris-Berlin, France/Germany). Hunter will present Conversation Piece, a performance that draws on Victorian séances through a series of one-to-one dialogues with visitors to the Fair. Moroccan artist Myriam el Haik will use movement, improvisation, gesture and mark in a live performance entitled Still Working. Trained originally as a composer, El Haik uses music as a starting point, while a large floor composition made up of duct tape and a wall drawing, is continuously amended and reconfigured.
The voice and the feedback loop are concerns that arise in the ritualistic, visceral, performances of Plastique Fantastique (IMT Gallery, UK). The performance duo will perform Welcome Neuropatheme Feedback Loops, a sonic and visceral performance made up of a troupe of six to seven performers/avatars, taking the body as site, presenting a sculptural sound display. Hugo Dalton’s (Fine Art Society, London) practice is rooted in observational drawing and concerned with the relationship between architecture and movement. Dalton will work with a choreographer and dancer to create an evolving live sequence of ‘studies’ – stretch, improvisation, structure and partner. Through the progression of each sequence, the dancer and artist create an intimate choreography and dialogue comprised of movement and mark, transforming the space into a series of moving psychological diagrams.
Language and writing is central to a number of the performances, including that of Tom Benson (Hidde van Seggelen, UK), who will invite six artists to produce 7-minute performance works in response to
Samuel Beckett’s play Quad. From musical reinterpretations of soul classics from the sixties, to performative readings, each consecutive performance explores and plays with the idea of the voice, language and writing in performance. Rebecca Lennon’s (Ceri Hand Gallery, UK) fantastical, absurd monologue concerns the number zero. Seated in front of a mirror, the audience will see themselves reflected, while only the artist’s legs will be visible, and her voice deferred to the soundtrack being played.
Furthermore, the performance program will be punctuated with archival footage of seminal performances by Tony Morgan (Richard Saltoun, UK), entitled Beefsteak (Resurrection), 1968, Double Happening, 1970 and Düsseldorf ist ein guter Platz zum schlafen, 1972. A Family Guide, produced by artist Nina Mangalanayagam in association with Art13 London’s Educational Partner the Zabludowicz Collection, will focus on photography at the Fair.
Full list of performances:
Tom Benson with Manuela Barczewski, Kati Kärki, Kyra Kordoski, Claire Potter, Mary Rinebold and Beatrice Schulz | Hidde van Seggelen, UK
Hugo Dalton, Movement and Mark | The Fine Art Society Contemporary, UK
Myriam El Haik | Vincenz Sala, France/Germany
Helena Hunter, Conversation Piece | Jerome Zoda, Italy
Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter, The Fourth Stomach | Alexander Ochs Galleries, Germany/China
Juneau Projects, The Infocalypse Stack | Ceri Hand Gallery, UK
Rebecca Lennon, 0 | Ceri Hand Gallery, UK
Plastique Fantastique, Welcome Neuropatheme Feedback Loops | IMT Gallery, UK
Tony Morgan, Beefsteak (Resurrection), 1968, Double Happening, 1970 and Düsseldorf ist ein guter
Platz zum schlafen, 1972 | Richard Saltoun Gallery, UK
Bedwyr Williams, Untitled | Ceri Hand Gallery, UK
Joel Yuen, Anthem | 2902 Gallery, Singapore
Notes to Editors:
About Art13 London
Art13 London is organised by Art Fairs London Ltd, which has been set up by two of the original founders
of ART HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus.