That’s Entertainment

 

Newlyn Art Gallery, 2006, as part of  Art Surgery with Andy Whall

http://vimeo.com/2430617

There was some intentional irony in the working title, as it may or may not have been in the least entertaining.

Transitions is a platform for trying things out in the gallery, works in process. Andy Whall & Delpha Hudson had worked together curating other artists’ work, or  worked individually as visual and performance artists but curating themselves was entirely new, as was making theatrical collaborative work.

The endgame was to create a performance in 4 days, one that was engaging in some way, or just a different way.  We built an installation/set in collaboration with Neil Robson ,  collaborated with our ‘mentor’ Mr B clown,( exploring clowning, comedy, breaking the fourth wall and techniques to draw in audiences), improvised and devised, using a range of sources, fragments, narratives and texts, including the story of Walter Benjamin and his black briefcase, journeys, text as landscape, archives from our own work and the gallery’s, examining tensions between live art and performance art, as well as between our ‘curator’ and ‘artist’ personas, personal performance and collaborative issues, alter-egos…

Visitors to the gallery’s were welcome to watch, engage, ask questions, make suggestions, intervene, extrapolate, and stop disputes if necessary.

The whole process was documented by film maker Alban Roinard, and as complete failure to produce anything was a possibility,if the whole process was a fiasco, we would show the film instead. The show did go on, but the film can also be viewed at

 

More Art Surgery projects can be viewed at:

http://www.artsurgery.org/artsurgeryidea.html