Extend Your Neck is an exhibition and programme of performances at Café Gallery Projects on 24 June and at The Event, a free festival in the surrounding Southwark Park on 7 July.
Performance acts as a catalyst to communicate with others, rousing our spontaneity and causing us to act on instinct. Expanding on notions of what performance art is, Extend Your Neck uses language borrowed from different genres of entertainment. Highlighting cultural issues that at times create jarring or satirical insights into the world around us, the artists utilize performance not just as a form of expression but as a tool to address ideas and issues. Both the gallery and surrounding park are used as environments to present the exhibition, so the work exists in different contexts, extending how it is perceived. Like the performances of Andy Kaufman in which he stretched restrictions of genre, location, duration and content Extend Your Neck baffles, as it embraces the unconventional in an attempt to test the norm.
David Blandy, Marcus Coates, HK119, William Hunt,Mark McGowan, Giuseppe Mistretta, Alison O’Daniel, Claire Shallcross, Trouble Squad,
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