(8 off) marks the end of Joe Hancock’s extended residency at & Model Gallery where he has been developing work centred on the theme of repair.
- Joe is constructing a 14.4 metre long bench within & Model, occupying the entire ground floor. The bench is the literal and figurative site of repair (the woodworker’s workbench, the surgeon’s operating table, the ephemeral space between the reconciling lovers).
Repair takes many forms: from a punctured bicycle tire or a wobbly chair, to more extended meanings such as surgery to correct medical problems, therapy for emotional or psychological issues or a conciliatory conversation between lovers after an argument. Repair can be seen as a universal activity and Joe regards it as having a fundamentally important social function as well as a practical one.
After lengthy preparations, material and conceptual, construction will take place from Friday 14th– Wednesday 19th October (2-7pm), and during this time the gallery is open to visitors.
All visitors are invited to bring something to repair whilst standing or seated at the bench. This need not be a physical object; indeed it could be any thing or idea that you consider in need of repair. Refreshments will be provided, and you are welcome to bring friends and family members though please be aware that unfortunately there is currently no disabled access to & Model.
- Performance – 20th October
Having been imbued with the stories and traces of the acts of repair made by visitors, Joe will cut the bench into eight separate sections as a live performance. All are welcome to join us for this performance event that will mark and celebrate the end of this phase of the project in residence at & Model.
- Benches – the project continues
The resultant eight benches will, over the forthcoming months, find their way to new locations and have new acts of repair performed upon them. Joe will be following each of the benches and speaking with the new users to discover what repair means to different people and how the bench functions as a place where things are repaired. Eventually it is envisaged that the eight benches will be temporarily reunited to form an artwork that will carry the material traces and the narrative histories of its multiple use.
Part of REPAIR, an on-going artistic research project investigating the social and practical function of repair.
Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts