Performing the Text

2 Dec 2010

Event times

19:00 - 21:00

Cost of entry


waterside contemporary

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses 141, 21, 271, 76 and N76 stop in New North Rd (Mintern Str) and 394 directly by the gallery.
  • Tube Old Street or Hoxton
  • Old Street / Hoxton

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Lynn Lu, Matthew McKisack with Jeffrey Baker: A performance evening to accompany the exhibition Murmur


Lynn Lu's work gestures towards the connection between the public and private realms of experience and knowledge, empathy and intimacy. Experiments in social and relational exchange, her performances underscore bodily languages relayed between herself and her audiences. Lu's piece for murmur picks up on the imagery and metaphorical connotations of the act of spinning. Recalling ‘spinner' tales such as that of Rumpelstiltskin and the Miller's Daughter who spun gold out of straw, or the myth of Arachne and Athena, Lu's participatory performance investigates spaces of collective and subjective memory. Matthew MacKisack's lecture performance The Incoherence of the Incoherence (2010) played by Jeffrey Baker, translates and restages a paper presented at the l'à‰cole biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem in 1969. It describes an attempt to excavate the Biblical tomb of Lazarus, the failure to do so in the face of problems such as imaginary additions to ancient topographies, and a subsequent turn to aerial photography as an alternative to excavation.

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