Between is a season of new performance art commissions taking place in Cornerhouse’s empty gallery spaces in the time between exhibitions. Three events will take place in March, June and September 2012, featuring new performances by Hayley Newman, Trisha Baga, Annika Ström, Louise Adkins, Ruth Barker, Helen Collet and Lois Macdonald.
Between aims to explore the varied approaches of contemporary female performance artists. Based on a series of legendary performance events called Between at the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle from 1969 – 1973, the central idea is to make use of the gaps between exhibitions for short, additional, experimental activity. The Between programme at Cornerhouse will present one-off events, responding to the specific context of the galleries in change-over.
Following on from Hayley Newman and Trisha Baga’s commissions for Between 1 which took place in March 2012, Between 2 and Between 3 feature Annika Ström, Louise Adkins, Ruth Barker, Lois Macdonald and Helen Collett.
Commissions by Annika Ström (SWE) and Louise Adkins (UK)
Fri 8 June, 7 - 9pm
For Between 2, artists Annika Ström and Louise Adkins will, for one night only, take over Gallery 3. Ström will present The Inept Five, a performance featuring five student actors who will stand in as extras for the evening, supporting the event and ‘helping out’ in a highly unexpected way. Originally from Sweden, Ström lives and works between the UK and Berlin. Recent exhibitions include projects for Frieze Art Fair in London, as well as soloshows in Turin, Paris, and Stockholm.
Louise Adkins will present Material Balance, a re-enactment of the legendary 1972 world chess championship clash between the American challenger Bobby Fischer and Soviet champion Boris Spassky. Billed as the battle between ‘good and evil’, this most famous of all chess matches will be recreated in Gallery 3 by local junior players. Adkins has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and Europe and is currently working as Artist/Curator of Between. She lives and works in Manchester and is Curator of the Between series.
Commissions by Ruth Barker (UK), Lois Macdonald and Helen Collett (UK)
Friday 21 September, 7 - 9pm
For Between 3, Ruth Barker, Helen Collett and Lois Macdonald will explore a personalised sonic environment and a claustrophobic CCTV installation. Ruth Barker's performance work involves scripting and memorising substantial literary monologues that draw on classical or mythological narratives to remake them as resonant, current, events. Sheuses traditional techniques of mnemonic and storytelling to create challenging new performance works in a visual arts context.
Helen Collett and Lois Macdonald have been working together as artists and curators since December 2008. Their partnership formed when they took over curating the Link Gallery, Manchester. Since then, they have created the Free For Arts Festival, simultaneously working on a large-scale solo exhibition in an unused archway which resulted in their first performative video work; a process which now dominates their working practice. Since then their videos and installations have been exhibited in various group exhibitions.
Image: Annika Ström: Bored Girls (2008)
Where: Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
When: Fri 8 Jun, Fri 21 Sep 2012, 7 - 9pm
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