PERFORMANCE FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER 6PM
EXHIBITION RUNS 13TH – 15TH DECEMBER 12 – 6PM
Nicola aims to explore choreographic movement and interaction within the accumulated gallery space of the Action Relay series. She will create a piece of social sculpture that strives to act as provocation to an audience.
A chalk square will be drawn within the gallery and all accumulated materials pushed outside this space. A single audience member will be invited to step into this demarcated space and respond to a series of directed actions by the artist. These actions will be choreographed to implicitly resonate with that of a traditional boxing match. A referee will serve as facilitator and adjudicator; they will mediate each session of the action within the square.
This confrontation will be explored through each individual exchange between participant and artist, in the potential of this interaction. Choreographed by the artist through tactic and performative presence and by the space in the process of spatial transformation that will have taken place.
Considering movement as an ethical principle or practice, the aim is that this action can be open to resonance within social theories, analyzing societal structures in light of the individual’s own functions and capabilities. Nicola has previously created work for Prague Quadrennial 2011, The Freud Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Dartington College of Arts Campus Festival, Aberstwyth Arts Centre, Bristol Arnolfini and Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Action Relay is a collaboration between The NewBridge Project and Wunderbar, launching as part of Wunderbar Festival 2011. Throughout the exhibition, NewBridge Space will host week-long residencies for seven artists or artist groups. During their week each artist will develop new work to be performed in a series of one-off evening events.
Following each performance, all the equipment and props used will be left in the gallery for subsequent artists to interact and work with. The show will evolve as an ad-hoc and multidisciplinirary series, engaging artists and viewers with a progression of immediate reactions to events held in previous weeks.