The Bohman Brothers, Melanie Gilligan, Emma Hedditch, Janice Kerbel, Olivia Plender. Co-curated by Lina Dzuverovic (Electra) with Lizzie Carey-Thomas (Tate Britain) and Katharine Stout (Tate Britain).
Tate Britain, Millbank, London
Saturday 8th September 2007
A day of performance works that explore ideas of participation and storytelling. Melanie Gilligan presented the European premiere of The Miner's Object, a performance which combines information and storytelling in a strange parable about the social character of knowledge. In a new work Emma Hedditch generated and published texts in dialogue with the curators of Art Now, visitors to Tate Britain and others, as a means to discuss how we act and represent our participation in public life, through the cultural and political ideologies of democracy.
The Bohman Brothers offered personal responses to works on display in select galleries through a series of commissioned spoken word interventions. Olivia Plender enacted a live ghost story from her comic book series The Masterpiece, with the help of a few audience members. Presented for the first time as a live performance, Janice Kerbel's Nick Silver Can't Sleep tells a narcotic tale of thwarted desire through the voice of six nocturnal plants.
London based artist and writer Melanie Gilligan uses unfolding narratives to investigate the way we understand and communicate our knowledge and perceptions. She examines relations between politics, aesthetics and their political economy. Writing sits at the heart of Gilligan's practice and she is known for her critical contribution to art magazines and journals as well as her own artwork.
The Bohman Brothers are London based artists Jonathan and Adam Bohman. They are known for their unique experimental sound based live performances that use found objects, text and an innumerable array of sound sources. The duos work is influenced by Fluxus, musique concrete and sound poetry, creating their own soundscapes in humourous visual set-ups.
London based artist Emma Hedditch makes work based on the ethos of knowledge-sharing, participation and the 'can do' attitude of DIY culture. Hedditch examines existing communities and works on projects that facilitate further collaboration. Predominantly, she uses video, conversation and live events as her practice, the final product secondary to the experience and action of building something together.
Olivia Plender's ongoing interest in historical research takes form in her artistic practice. She draws a vast array of influences extending from 19th century fine art and literature to 20th century science fiction and surrealism. Her work varies from pencil drawing and publications, to performance and installation.
Janice Kerbel's work often takes the form of a 'plan' or 'study', and is produced in reaction to existing systems or logics. Kerbel is exploring the relationship between reality, illusion and imagined ideals. Typical of Kerbel's approach is the play's understated form which belies the methodical processes behind it.