BLOCassembly is a series of one-off events offering new and emerging artists from the region a platform to show or perform experimental ideas or work in progress within BLOCspace and its adjoining courtyard.BLOCassembly#1 took place on Friday 23 September 2005 from 7.00 9.30pm. With performances by:
a.a.s. Richard Bolam Becky Bowley Drunken Chorus Robin Close Mike Cunsolo and James Price
Link to image archive (flickr.com)
The work evolved as a way of finding equivalence to the meditative sensation of my bus journey to and from work. Time flows but a sense of suspension exists, I can see others and be seen yet I live in my own personal journey. This for me is a state of existence in the raw, being but not becoming, flowing and fluid yet a moment that will end.”
Escaping an Unknown Attacker or Coming Face to Face with a Faceless Man.
A list of regrets. Cut. A string of random corpse positions. Cut. The flickering light at the end of the tunnel. Cut. An insight. A journey. A guide. A beautiful guide.n Your Guide to Death is Beautiful is an experimental performance piece, directed by Emma Buck, written and devised by the company.
Putting Words in My Mouth is an audio/visual performance using the artist’s own vocal samples which are manipulated live with an improvised visual accompaniment. Using his own re-cycled and re-sampled voice, Bolam explores the creative process and examines the ideas of originality and influence
The video-performance work of Robin Close is concerned with notions of absurdity and excess. Whereas these notions have traditionally existed at extreme outposts of cultural activity, they have now become increasingly consumed by the mainstream. This development leads to questions about the role and definition of extreme performance art and its ability to challenge. For BLOCassembly, the artist presents an interactive video-performance, Troll (or Pan). This piece explores and reveals a system comprising of rules that have emerged from what was originally a spontaneous and illogical series of actions.
Becky Bowley explores the vulnerability of giving and taking, by inviting you to share an intimate moment of uncertainty in Take Care of Me.
“a.a.s. are interested in why many people think it is more important for things to look pretty than to mean something. a.a.s. are not pretty.”
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