AboutBetween 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.
The performance programme will be complemented by a seminar that will follow the first Between on Saturday 31 March. It will explore the challenges of collecting an art form which by its very nature is ephemeral and resists commodification. An expert panel will debate the issues, asking how and why it should be collected.
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 âhelping 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 solo shows 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 âgood 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.