Tension, Intervention and Restraint

9 Jan 2010

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waterside contemporary

London, United Kingdom


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  • 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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An evening of live art, rules and spontaneity with Agnes Yit, Heather Jones, Kiki Taira, Kimbal Bumstead, Benjamin Sebastian and Fabiola Paz


Tension, Intervention and Restraint explores fluid boundaries between concept, action, reception and reaction. Following the principles of contact improvisation, artists will explore the potential of spontaneity through durational performances. With a set of rules created for and by each artist, an environment will be established in which artist and performance(s) will inevitably clash and / or bleed into one another, maintaining a tension between the performer, the audience and the group. The evening will run until reaching its natural conclusion either through physical exhaustion of the artists or disengagement of those involved. The audience are free to engage with the work in any way they like, to wander around the artists, to touch them or be touched, to drink, talk, stand, sit quietly or not. Boundaries can and will fall down. The event hopes to question just how blanketing a set of rules can be, and at what point can or must they be broken.

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