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.
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 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. She uses 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.