Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Thomas Goddard - Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop

IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP is a new performance from Thomas Goddard developed in collaboration with choreographer James Hadaway and students from Stanwell School's Performing Arts course. Presenting hands as the protagonist and performer, an abstracted tragi-comedy performance will use movement techniques such as finger tutting to render familiar forms as beautifully disembodied.

The work will expand upon Goddard's short film Idle Hands are the Devil's Play Thing, to be screened prior to the performance, which combines archival footage of busy hands, from scrolling and tapping to smoking and fanning, to consider the social, psychological and emotional contexts of these movements and activities.

Image: courtesy Thomas Goddard

Image: courtesy Thomas Goddard

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Apr
2
8:00 PM20:00

Rachel Mars - Our Carnal Hearts

OUR CARNAL HEARTS is a celebration of envy, a joyous call for everyone we’ve ever wanted to be and everything we’ve ever wanted to own. A place to whoop at our own fragility and delight against our better nature. A toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly gutter-tramping parts of our souls. A show that seeks to prove that envy makes us better. That politicians are right: that its spirit runs through our hearts, lymph systems and bowels and it’s glorious and we wouldn't want it any other way.

Born from the suspect parentage of an ideological rally, a drunken sing-song and a horrible but seductive dream, this show continues my interrogation of envy, success and song following the pop-up choir Sing it! Spirit of Envy!

www.rachelmars.org

Image: Rachel Mars, Our Carnal Hearts. Photo: Claire Haigh

Image: Rachel Mars, Our Carnal Hearts. Photo: Claire Haigh

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Apr
2
to Apr 3

Heike Roms and Gareth Llŷr Evans- Yr Ymarferiadur: What's Welsh for Live Art?

Contemporary art terms befuddle, infuriate and exclude; but they can also enable, make visible and help give birth to something new. YR YMARFERIADUR offers a playful investigation into discourses on contemporary art and their translatability by creating a new dictionary of Welsh contemporary art terms… Because we do not just name what we create, but we create by naming.

Heike Roms and Gareth Llŷr Evans are performance researchers based in Wales.

www.ymarferiadur.net

Image: Heike Roms and Mike Pearson, Marking Time: A coach trip into Cardiff’s performance pasts, Experimentica 2013, Chapter Arts Centre. Photo: Heike Roms

Image: Heike Roms and Mike Pearson, Marking Time: A coach trip into Cardiff’s performance pasts, Experimentica 2013, Chapter Arts Centre. Photo: Heike Roms

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Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

A.S. - H*w Gr**n W*s M* V*ll** (Dr*ft 1)

In 1941 a film originally titled “The Slag”, beat “Citizen Kane” to win the Oscar for Best Picture. With a coal mine perched on a desert mountain painted black, an Irish director and the most outrageous collection of accents, a bowlderised script and the wrong colour flowers, the film helped shape Welsh stereotypes for a worldwide audience.

What went missing and why? What might we put back?  A.S. (Rosa Casado, Ffion Jones, John Rowley, Richard Huw Morgan) undertake a forensic Cultural Translation and Transcreation of that film stripped down to the bones and reassembled on the fly for a changed world...

Image: courtesy the artists

Image: courtesy the artists

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Apr
2
2:00 PM14:00

Thomas Goddard - Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop (Work in Progress)

IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP is a new performance from Thomas Goddard developed in collaboration with choreographer James Hadaway and students from Stanwell School's Performing Arts course. Presenting hands as the protagonist and performer, an abstracted tragi-comedy performance will use movement techniques such as finger tutting to render familiar forms as beautifully disembodied.

The work will expand upon Goddard's short film Idle Hands are the Devil's Play Thing, to be screened prior to the performance, which combines archival footage of busy hands, from scrolling and tapping to smoking and fanning, to consider the social, psychological and emotional contexts of these movements and activities.

See the finished perfomance on Sat 8 April. Click here for more information.

Image: courtesy Thomas Goddard
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Apr
1
8:30 PM20:30

Katy Baird - Workshy

This is a show about work.

Some people work to make money. Some people work to feel fulfilled. Some people don’t work at all.

For the last two decades, Katy has been at the frontline of the customer service industry. From getting you high to supersizing your whopper meal she has done everything she can to make you happy.

She isn’t sure if she has much left to give but, for this show (like the true professional she is), she will put herself out there one more time to give you everything you want.

Join Katy for a very personal story of the ups and downs of what it means to serve you – the great British Public.

Age rating: 18+ / Features nudity and scenes of a sexual nature

Katy Baird, Workshy. Image: Courtesy the artist. Photo by Guido Mencari

Katy Baird, Workshy. Image: Courtesy the artist. Photo by Guido Mencari

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Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Julie & Robbie - Passing Through

Passing Through is one work-in-progress outcome reflecting the broader ongoing project Julie and Robbie, which involves public actions, performance, film, design and discussion. Evolving over eight years of close friendship and artistic experimentation, their work is founded in a studio-based dance practice and a developed body-specific movement technique. More recently Julie and Robbie have tested the limits of what is possible together in more visible, public spaces. Design of simple objects, embedded within collaborative choreographic actions, become important and economical solutions that overcome simple ideas yet complex challenges such as sitting together on grass or moving over rough ground.

Image: courtesy the artists

Image: courtesy the artists

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Apr
1
4:00 PM16:00

Dustin Harvey and Adrienne Wong - Something Bigger

SOMETHING BIGGER is a choreography for an audience delivered through your smartphone. Part story, part game, individual players are engaged in a deliberately immersive and invasive experience that’s intended to make us question who’s in on it, and the secret ways we connect in the real world. This is a  public test for a bigger piece being developed over the next three years.

To play, you will need a smartphone, a mobile account with data, and an Instagram account. We will meet at Chapter to lay out the rules of the game, then you will play on the neighbourhood streets. Please dress for the weather and for walking.

SOMETHING BIGGER will conclude back at Chapter with an artist talk about the experience.

PLEASE NOTE: To play SOMETHING BIGGER, audience members will need a smartphone with a data plan, the Instagram app installed, and a profile.

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Supported by The City of Halifax and Arts Nova Scotia.

Image: courtesy the artists

Image: courtesy the artists

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Apr
1
3:00 PM15:00

Heike Roms and Gareth Llŷr Evans- Yr Ymarferiadur: What's Welsh for Live Art?

Contemporary art terms befuddle, infuriate and exclude; but they can also enable, make visible and help give birth to something new. YR YMARFERIADUR offers a playful investigation into discourses on contemporary art and their translatability by creating a new dictionary of Welsh contemporary art terms… Because we do not just name what we create, but we create by naming.

Heike Roms and Gareth Llŷr Evans are performance researchers based in Wales.

www.ymarferiadur.net

Image: Heike Roms and Mike Pearson, Marking Time: A coach trip into Cardiff’s performance pasts, Experimentica 2013, Chapter Arts  Centre. Photo: Heike Roms

Image: Heike Roms and Mike Pearson, Marking Time: A coach trip into Cardiff’s performance pasts, Experimentica 2013, Chapter Arts  Centre. Photo: Heike Roms

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Apr
1
2:00 PM14:00

Jonny Cotsen - Louder Is Not Always Clearer

Imagine you are in a small room with 100 people talking all at once. You cannot make sense of the sound. You cannot hear one sound over another. It all sounds like one distorted track, with no words. Imagine living every single moment of your life like that. This is what is has been like for Jonny his whole life.

LOUDER IS NOT ALWAYS CLEARER is an autobiographical exploration into Jonny's world. It explores the shift between disability and ability, how we are all connected and disconnected, Deaf and hearing, and how we all experience isolation and frustration through breakdowns in communication. The performance will use physical language to communicate and will allow the audience to experience the world beyond the spoken word.

An Experimentica Commission, supported by Sherman 5.

Image: courtesy Jonny Cotsen

Image: courtesy Jonny Cotsen

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Apr
1
12:00 PM12:00

These Rotten Words: Artists Films

Alongside the exhibition THESE ROTTEN WORDS, we're pleased to be screening a selection of artist films dealing with language, voice and gesture as part of Experimentica: Secret Language, including:

  • Cara Tolmie, Pley, 2013 (19 mins)
  • Abri de Swardt, Ridder Thirst, 2015-17, (14 mins)
  • Anna Bunting-Branch, The Linguists, 2017 (8 mins)
  • Rob Crosse, Clear as a Bell, 2015 (8 mins)
  • and three films by Steve Roggenbuck, MY LIFE IS GOING TO BE OVER (2016), DON'T QUIT (2016) and I Am Not Responsible For Anything The Moon Does This Month (2016)
Image: Abri de Swardt, Ridder Thirst (2015-17), 13:27min, HD video

Image: Abri de Swardt, Ridder Thirst (2015-17), 13:27min, HD video

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Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Yoanna Blikman & Dan Robert Lahiani - Kung Fu

KUNG FU is a project initiated by Dan Robert Lahiani, who chose to resurface amateur video footage of Kung Fu competitions from Yoanna Blikman’s childhood in Paris, shot with an 8mm camera by her father. The films show the inside of a Parisian gymnasium, where competitions take place in the presence of prestigious Chinese and French Kung Fu masters.

In present day Israel, Yoanna tries to communicate with these videos. In this attempt to interact with the past, she recollects memories in her body and finds new connections through her dance faculties. The fact that her body has changed from one of a child to one of a woman creates this impossibility of a copy, of a perfect “unison”; marking the beginning of a period of research in a different time and a different country.

Image: Yoanna Blikman & Dan Robert Lahiani, Kung Fu. Courtesy the artists

Image: Yoanna Blikman & Dan Robert Lahiani, Kung Fu. Courtesy the artists

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Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Gareth Chambers - Llaeth

LLAETH is an experimental live movement piece, which attempts to explore the relationship the male body once had with the Mother’s body.

Psychoanalytic theory tells us that prior to our acceptance in the order of language and society, we were at peace with feminine energy, living without judgement and repression. The Mother and her body are rejected in order to find our own sense of self and anything that can be associated with the feminine body is abject or taboo. It disturbs, disrupts and transgresses the boundaries of order. Can the truth be found in the body/energy of the Mother?  

Gareth Chambers, Llaeth. Image: Jorge Lizalde

Gareth Chambers, Llaeth. Image: Jorge Lizalde

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Mar
31
3:30 PM15:30

Rhiannon White - CLASS: The Elephant in the Room

The middle classes run the arts, they define value, they define excellence, they define what the next new thing is.

So how can we push for change in an industry that undervalues and distances itself from working class people, culturally, socially and economically?

Join Common Wealth for a conversation, an exploration, an action – a look into what defines us, our place and explores how we propose a new way of making art with, for and by people who often feel underrepresented. In an era of protest how we do to truly take our place, celebrating who we are and where we come from.

Image: courtesy Rhiannon White

Image: courtesy Rhiannon White

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Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

What It Is Not: Artists Films

With Ed Atkins, Mark Aerial Waller, Mark Leckey, Laure Prouvost, James Richards, David Raymond. 

WHAT IT IS NOT is a LUX touring programme which brings together a selection of new works by UK-based artists. Against the new as a merely contemporary form of visibility, the works in this programme consistently interrogate these terms, their own guises, structures and language. 

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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Tim Bromage & Tom Raybould

'The vessel is a freestanding cuboid, its walls are made of concrete and are almost twice as high as they are wide, looking at it from the outside you cannot see its top. There are two small rectangular entrances located in the centre of the opposing walls, each leads to a tunnel at least two metres in length. A point of note is that in approaching one you automatically lose sight of the other.'
- The philosophy of divergent history by Dr Winston Freer

Artist Tim Bromage presents a first showing of his probably anticlimactic who dun-it, featuring shit heel detective Joe Medland in a new performance in which there is music, psychokinetic cutlery and potentially the end of the world.

'I've been banging on about this for some time... talking it up a treat... I should start by saying that all of this is true...although that may be stretching it a bit...

Who is my employer? That's a good question… but its probably better to start by asking... Who is Gordon Lang?'

Music composed and performed by Tom Raybould.

Tim Bromage. Image: Roger Graham

Tim Bromage. Image: Roger Graham

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Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Rachel Helena Walsh - Catholic Guilt

CATHOLIC GUILT is a live art theatre show questioning the systematic and hereditary condition of Irish Roman Catholicism and the subsequent and often secret effects on those exposed from childhood.

It’s time to decipher long standing whispers from truths. It’s time to question the unquestionable.

Rachel (b.1986) is the case study.

Contains strobe lighting.

Image: Rachel Helena Walsh, Catholic Guilt. Courtesy the artist

Image: Rachel Helena Walsh, Catholic Guilt. Courtesy the artist

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Mar
30
2:30 PM14:30

anti-cool - Plena Rondo: Leaving Language

Documentary Film: 72min Location: Japan & Argentina Languages: English, Japanese, Esperanto with English subtitles

PLENA RONDO, follows a Japanese performance artist, on a sixty-day experiment to master the world’s easiest and most egalitarian language, Esperanto, using only free learning tools. Subsequently the experiment takes us on a journey from Japan to Buenos Aires on an exploration of the political, philosophical and personal beliefs of many of the people at the heart of this social/ linguistic movement. On this journey we discover how English becomes the international language and the process of how languages die out. The film leaves us with many questions regarding the place and power of language, in a globalised yet increasingly unequal world.

Produced, Directed and Written by anti-cool.

Image: anti-cool, film still from Plena Rondo: Leaving Language

Image: anti-cool, film still from Plena Rondo: Leaving Language

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Mar
30
to Apr 1

Foundation Press: These Rotten Words residency

FOUNDATION PRESS will set-up a temporary risograph printing studio within the gallery for a short residency during Experimentica. The press is a platform for experimental publishing activity that initiates print projects in collaboration with art students who act as co-designers and producers. In gallery contexts the press creates workshops which function as live artworks, changing over the course of a set timeframe in response to open-ended pedagogical frameworks. For Experimentica, the press will take as a departure point ‘The Colour Experiment’, a series of workshops ran by artist Tom Hudson at Cardiff School of Art in the late 1960s. Working outwards from documentation of these radical and performative workshops – a series of games, performances and graphic responses will play out within the galleries. 

  • Thu 30 March: 12-8pm
  • Fri 31 March: 12-8pm
  • Sat 1 April: 12-6pm
Image: Foundation Press, Curator Fridge Poetry (2017), Risograph print. Courtesy the artist (and the curator)

Image: Foundation Press, Curator Fridge Poetry (2017), Risograph print. Courtesy the artist (and the curator)

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Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN - FRANKENSHOW

FRANKENSHOW is a show about afterwards. It’s about the end of things and it’s about doing too little too late. It’s only just in time.

Deep in the irritable bowels of the theatre, something stirs!! The wretched beast on the floor of the workshop judders and shakesDESPERATE to lose charge, to lose power. But the CACKLING and WILD-EYED CREATOR standing over it, rams its plug into the gaping socket on the wall, and gleefully watches the MONSTROSITY convulse! And so, echoing through the corridors of that shell of a place, once again comes the unmistakable cry: “IT’S ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!”  

Image: courtesy GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN

Image: courtesy GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN

‘GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN are clearly at home in the theatre, and fear absolutely nothing.’
— Slate The Disco
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Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Rose Biggin & Keir Cooper - BADASS GRAMMAR

BADASS GRAMMAR is a theatrical collaboration between a pole dancer and a guitarist, a composition in exploded view. With a mischievous agenda, the performance invites in the mucky subjects of shame, power & privilege. And takes them dancing.

Peering in at the nuts and bolts, the muscle and bone. We draw on the invisible histories of our disciplines, spinning art & language to build a new one, like the back of a live album from another universe.

From award-winning theatre-maker & guitarist Keir Cooper & writer, theatre-maker & Miss Pole Dance UK finalist Rose Biggin. Featuring a bespoke performance from Penny Arcade.

Image: Rose Biggin & Keir Cooper, BADASS GRAMMAR Photo: Caleb Wissun-Bhide

Image: Rose Biggin & Keir Cooper, BADASS GRAMMAR Photo: Caleb Wissun-Bhide

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Mar
29
to Apr 1

Clayton Lee - (◕‿◕✿)

I sit down and open my laptop. The performance begins.

You may or may not be here for the performance. You may or may not notice me at all. The performance continues.

Combining lived experiences, popular culture and personal obsessions, (◕‿◕✿) is a chaotic and often incoherent journey down the Internet rabbit hole, while simultaneously seeking to connect through (sometimes mischievous) gestures of generosity, intimacy and play.

Image: courtesy Clayton Lee

Image: courtesy Clayton Lee

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