Posts Tagged ‘Performance Art’

A Review of Mental by The Vacuum Cleaner

The latest performance from the Vacuum Cleaner (in conjunction with Arts Admin) bravely explores his mental health issues, all from his very own bedroom.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Vacuum Cleaner - Mental by Jenny Robins

Vacuum Cleaner - Mental by Jenny Robins.

I have known James the 'Vacuum Cleaner' for many years through activism, and have always admired his openness about his 'mental' condition - but I've never been a close enough friend to delve any deeper. For his solo performance piece, Mental, James candidly invites viewers into his home, into his bedroom and finally into his bed, where we are invited to snuggle up under his oversized pristine white duvet as James sets about unravelling the 14 years of data that has accumulated since he was first described as having a Borderline Personality Disorder by the NHS. Against the spotless white walls he projects highlighted sections of hospital notes and photos of a squalid bedsit and impersonal hospital room. Indeterminate comments from confused doctors are mixed in with police Forward Intelligence Team notes, until finally the extreme… read more

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The Rodnik Band: S/S 2012 ‘Cod Save The Sea’ Diffusion Line for ASOS Interview with designer Philip Colbert

Our exclusive interview with The Rodnik Band designer Philip Colbert, talking about his work and the launch of a diffusion line for ASOS from his S/S 2012 'Cod Save The Sea' collection in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

The Rodnik Band SS12 ‘Cod Save The Sea’ by Claire Jones Art
You studied History of Art and Philosophy. Tell me a little about these roots, how you ended up working …

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Introducing The Rodnik Band: S/S 2012 ‘Cod Save The Sea’ Diffusion Line for ASOS

We paid an exclusive visit to the studio of unique British brand The Rodnik Band to preview the launch of a diffusion line for ASOS from his S/S 2012 'Cod Save The Sea' collection. In part one we introduce designer Philip Colbert.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

The Rodnik Band SS12 ‘Cod Save The Sea’ by Helena Maratheftis
On a fine London morning in early June – I know, hard to believe – I had the privilege of …

A Review of the 2012 Art Car Boot Fair

It was baking hot at this year's affair, but that didn't stop the punters from coming out in force to grab themselves an art world bargain...

Written by Amelia Gregory

This year’s Art Car Boot Fair was a fantastically hot affair with a distinct lack of shade: not really the place for a newborn Snarfle, who travelled on my chest …

Larmer Tree Festival 2011 Review, Sunday: Show of Hands and the Recycled Safari Carnival

My final round up and verdict of 2011's Larmer Tree Festival. Plus happy music in the rain from the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, magical folk from Show of Hands and the fabulous Recycled Safari Carnival.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jaipur Brass Band by Cassandra Yap.
Our first destination on Sunday at Larmer Tree Festival was the main stage to witness the joyous sounds of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, who …

Anarchidinner, an Experimental Banquet by Companis at the Barbican: a review

On Thursday 28th April the Companis art group staged an interactive performance-led meal served up by professional chefs. Anarchidinner took place in the Barbican Garden Room, where we sat around long communal tables.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Anarchidinner by Claire Sells.
I loved the art exhibition Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s, currently showing at the Barbican, so when an offer was extended for me to …

More Soup and Tart at the Barbican: a review

Featuring the likes of lobster lover Edwina Ashton, furry dancing from Marcia Faquhar, acrobatic clowning from Frauke Requardt, plate slinging from the aptly named Holly Slingsby and Martin Creed, Simon Bookish and Ryan Styles... this was certainly a night to remember (in parts).

Written by Amelia Gregory

More Soup and Tart by Ben Jensen.
It was always going to be a tall order to recreate the seminal work of underground performance artists, but the Barbican programmers clearly like …

The lobster within: Performance artist Edwina Ashton at Jerwood Space

Did you know lobsters in captivity rearrange their caves? Edwina Ashton knows, and she has created a performance art piece where we can watch her do just that in full lobster garb. It’s quite something, what goes on at Jerwood Space. Illustrations by Mina Bach and Caz Lock.

Written by Jessica Furseth

Lobster woman by Mina Bach
Reading the brochure only served to confuse me further ahead of my visit to Jerwood Space. The descriptively-named ‘Show’ seeks to examine “the integral role …

Barbican Art Gallery: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s

A new Barbican Art Gallery exhibition takes a look at the pioneering work of Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark - key artists in the New York Downtown scene of the 1970s. Here's my review.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Floor of the Forest and Trisha Brown. Illustration by Jane Young.
Yesterday I was actually invited to attend a Barbican art gallery media view for the first time, so I feel …

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A Conversation with Jordan McKenzie

…On Barbara Cartland, masturbation and the elusive art critic vigilante.

Written by Amica Lane

‘Spent’ All images courtesy of Jordan McKenzie
Within the opulent walls of The Courtauld Institute lies a mirage of great artwork; from the classical to contemporary, Da Vinci to, now, McKenzie. …

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London International Mime Festival: Where Performance Art meets Circus and Narrative

Wherein I attend three mime performances by Blackskywhite, Ockham's Razor and Kitt Johnson X-Act. With illustrations by Rosalie Hoskins.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ockham’s Razor by Rosalie Hoskins
I’ll admit it. I’ve never been to much performance art or modern dance before. But let’s just say that my circumstances have somewhat changed of late …