FREE EVENT: As part of Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan's Studio Voltaire offsite events at Bloomberg SPACE.
‘Errors Hit Orient’ is a collaborative music performance by Will Holder and Chris Evans. The performance takes football match newspaper reviews written by BS Johnson and sets them to musical accompaniment, with Evans playing base and Holder reciting the match reviews.
Chris Evans often works in the spaces where patronage, be it private, corporate or public, meets art, muddling the roles of artist and patron, author and muse. Sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts and unwieldy social situations often become indexes of a larger structure through which his projects push bureaucratic systems into becoming sites of absurd and often animated dysfunction.
Typographer Will Holder makes books with artists, using conversation as tool and model for publishing conditions – whereby roles of commissioner/ author/ subject/ editor/ designer are improvised and shared.
PLEASE NOTE: All guests must bring ID and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to event start for security checks.
Tatham & O’Sullivan have worked collaboratively since 1995, creating works that are choreographed situations; using objects, text, images and performance to consider and critique the status, value and role of contemporary art. These works are made directly in response to the situations within which the artists are invited to work, whilst maintaining and acknowledging the artists’ roles as ambivalent outsiders. Recent works have considered, in particular, how contemporary art can be expected to function in an instrumentalised role in relation to the diverse agendas of both the public and commercial realms. Their works often use text in performed, spoken or published form with, in many ways, their sculptures acting as necessary foils within these wider configurations.
For their Studio Voltaire commission at Bloomberg SPACE, Tatham & O’Sullivan will develop a work that engages both with the site of Bloomberg and the context of the commission. This new work will transpose ‘DOES THE IT FIT’, a project produced in response to Stephenson Works, a regeneration site in Newcastle-upon Tyne, to Bloomberg in London. Tatham & O'Sullivan have developed this strategy through a six-week production residency at Studio Voltaire, producing a single work involving multiple elements, which react with and respond to Bloomberg’s corporate identity. Using discursive lines of enquiry, Tatham & O’Sullivan will explore and challenge the conventions of architecture and space, the sharing of information and its value, and the constructs of the gallery space, as well as the wider corporate model.
Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan – DOES THE IT STICK
Studio Voltaire offsite at Bloomberg SPACE
17 April – 15 June 2014
Find out more: www.studiovoltaire.org/programmes/joannetathamandtomosullivan/