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Tempting Failure brings an eclectic selection of performance art and noise art from some of the most exciting artists around the world. Book tickets via: www.temptingfailure.com/tickets


Jul
29
to Jul 30

TF2016 Day 9 - Evening

Day 9 - Evening

Rudolf Eb.er

Rudolf Eb.er’s rites and artefacts are portals to the traumatic expanses and abysses of human existence his trail of work leads deep down to - and through - the nethermost regions of the human psyche. Rudolf Eb.er’s research de-occults the psychic body through psycho-physical tests and trainings. He employs and combines abreactive and cleansing actionism with sonic rituals, psychoactive acoustics and close-up field recordings of nature and decay, generating audio- environments into which he plants grotesque psycho- magic rituals and tantric exercises to trigger a nondual, higher awareness. Rudolf Eb.er (also known as Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck and now focusing on his new project Conscious Dying) founded the Schimpfluch extreme and outsider artist collective in Zürich in 1987, highly regarded for their unique and obscure aural and visual work. Their confrontational, physically demanding performances and shock treatments remove the boundaries of the body and open up accesses to the collective unconscious.

www.runzelstirn-gurgelstock.net

Jin Bells - Cleansed

An exploration of forgetting, memory and exorcism. 

Mentored by Manuel Vason

KYLIE MINOISE – ORETU NI

KYLIE MINOISE WILL PERFORM HIS VERSION OF THE NIRVANA ALBUM ‘IN UTERO’ IN ITS ENTIRETY. KYLIE MINOISE is Jesus Christ’s favourite noise artist. Over the last decade he has unleashed a zodiac of unforgettable collisions while performing in over twenty countries breaking hearts, microphones and minds. His recorded output provides limitless opportunity for bickering and confrontation with over fifty releases on various international record labels including Harbinger Sound, Dirter Promotions and his own label Kovorox Sound. His insistent aural savagery has made him a hero of young and old alike and a great number of exotic members of the animal kingdom admire his dedication to absolute antisocial provocation as a life force. He is watching you while you sleep. He is in love with you. He will probably kill you.

www.kovoroxsound.com 

Louis Fleischauer - Primordial Kaos Invocation (return to Gaia's womb)

The ritual will include elements of the Modern Primitive (hooks), dance, sound/Human Instruments (hooks in skin and heartbeat as sound source) and audience participation. The womb as an archetype for a primordial source of our core being, the source of where we came from. Modern human has been disconnected from this. The Idea behind the ritual is create a raw primal energy and embrace the element of Pure Kaos, therefore creating a link to the Womb Gaia. Kaos separates the living creature from the machine, humanity's destructive obsession with order and control violates the earth, until balance is restored, Pure Kaos is the antidote!

http://louisfleischauer.com

Robert Hesp - Bathe

A site of attempted rebirth. Of retreat and healing. The need for more than a vessel. The desire to return. To vanish and slip beneath the glass. Reanimating the classical figure of the nude bather, Bathe functions as part performance installation - part participatory experience, creating a shared liminal space; a body of water and light in which self can be lost or compounded. A choreography of both privacy and visibility, Bathe invites you to soak or observe as part of a durational communal experience. Bathe is a installed sculpture, open for audience and participants over a 3 hour period. Bathers must sign up in advance via the form below. Places are strictly limited. 

https://roberthesp.co.uk Jessica Barter - Lighting/Sound.

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Jul
29
11:00am11:00am

* SOLD OUT * TF2016 Day 9 - Emma Lloyd

Day 9 - D:NA

Emma Lloyd - Piece for…

- You are the dedicatee and the sole audience member of this piece.

It is the only time you or anyone else will hear it. -

"This piece is about non-verbal communication. You can communicate with me in any way you wish, be it musical, colourful, gestural…but no words can be spoken or written. My response will be a musical improvisation.  This piece is about ephemeral experiences. "

Each exchange will be different and unrepeatable. No recording is permitted, only memory.

This piece is about intimacy and implicit trust.

"There will be no spectators, only you and I. Whether you have been my friend for years, or whether this is our first encounter we will for a short time have a relationship uninfluenced by others, unaffected by language barriers, and built on mutual trust."

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Venue Information: Regretfully due to the period features of this domestic venue, it is not wheelchair accessible.  All performances are strictly limited capacity.


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Jul
29
10:30am10:30am

TF2016 Day 9 - Artsadmin TF2016 Family Artist Surgery

Day 9

Free Event for Programmed Artists Only. 

Artsadmin and Tempting Failure would like to offer a unique opportunity exclusively for TF2016 artists to come together and discuss aspects of their practice with members of the Artsadmin Advisory team.

Following a brief introduction to Artsadmin, the informal session will be led by artists' questions, offering space to open up conversation and raise questions related to aspects of your practice, including existing or further projects, creative quandaries, marketing, audience or funding.

To register your interest and be a part of the session please submit a short paragraph briefly outlining your practice, and indicating any questions that you would like to raise in the session.

Capacity is limited to 15 places only, and is strictly for those programmed to perform at TF2016. 

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Jul
29
9:00am 9:00am

TF2016 Day 9 - Chelsea Coon

Day 9.

Chelsea Coon - Diastole

My work explores questions about beginnings and endings, life and death, the internal and external, and imminence of existence; collisions of space, phases, the simultaneous speeding up and slowing down of time, cycles, and the way in which the body on an elemental level is rooted to space.

Diastole, a phase of the heartbeat, is a 10 hour durational piece that will result from an accumulation of actions each hour and will slowly reveal more through the fragments pieced together over time.

http://chelseacoon.info

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Jul
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

TF2016 Day 8 - Evening

Day 8 - Evening.

Richard Herring - Me 1 vs. Me 2

As a lonely schoolboy Richard Herring wiled away many hours playing himself at snooker on a 6ft by 3ft table and providing his own commentary. As an adult he decided to recreate this battle for a podcast whose avowed aim was to continue until it no longer had any listeners. It started with 30,000 subscribers but over the years and approaching 100 frames that has dwindled to less than 5000 die hard fans, who are as determined to make Herring continue as he is to punish them with sports based tedium. It is a bold attempt to waste his own time and that of the people who listen to it, but it has much to say about the human condition: the tripartite (or more) nature of the soul, the battle for control over your own impulses, the ultimately unwinnable contest that is your own life, the pointless ways we try to fill our time and the fragile nature of our mental balance. The random nature of the cascading balls, plus the inadequacy of Herring as a player, commentator and referee add an improvisational element and means each frame is truly spontaneous. And the amazingly equal skills of the two main players (one a happy, if dull family man, the other a more volatile and unpredictable force) mean that the contest is usually incredibly tight. Herring says, “This is not an art exhibition, but a genuine sporting contest. I am annoyed that I will be sharing my sporting arena with a load of pretentious artists, doing poos in bowls and making their genitals perform karaoke. Frankly they should all grow up. If they want real danger they should try playing snooker against themselves in a basement for five years and see how they come out of that. But at the moment the sporting authorities are trying to freeze out the whole sport of self-playing snooker, preferring to promote the clearly inferior two person version. So I am reluctantly taking the only stage that has thus been offered me, even if it is by people that I abhor." “The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.” Plato

www.richardherring.com supporting www.scope.org.uk through an auction of snooker balls from this artwork following the end of the performance. 

 

Natalie Ramus - 16000:2 TEETH(OF)MY CHILDREN

A fascination with the materiality of the body has led Natalie to question its edges and boundaries. Her children’s teeth came into existence inside her body and left inside the bodies of her children. As her children lost their teeth they came back into Natalie's possession; with those teeth as material, a meditation through action will consider where the mother’s body ends. 

This performance is the second instalment of a long term project in which Natalie makes use of a stack of paper which equates to her body’s height. This stack will be used to explore and document the body through action- the traces of which will be captured and documented. creating an archive of time, memory and body.

www.natalieramus.com

Tim Bromage - Shift

'The vehicle sat on the red bock driveway, squat and sullen. The ritual should have been simple... but there was so much he did not know, he had not observed it for so long, and now fear, coupled with a sense of obligation had led to an unexpected cry for help. After all you heard horror stories, heard of those moments when a vehicle died with no warning, at eighty mile an hour…out on the great tarmac. One moment hurtling forward, and then...nothing. Not a whisper, nor cough, taut pedals suddenly lifeless, pumping helplessly up and down. Coasting mockingly to a halt, never to move again' from 'The Driver' by Gordon Lang 1945

Tim Bromage presents a new performance scored for Tempting Failure. The work draws upon Greek mythology, in particular the practice of the Delphic Oracle. Combining a wide variety of disciplines, including music, prose and other activities, the work explores truth, fiction, and FATE. Its not all doom and gloom though, There's alternate realities, mind reading, and possibly even an appearance by Bobby Darin.

Photo Credit: Marco Beradi

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Sadly we regret to inform that Martin Lorenzo de Masa will be unable to appear this evening.


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Jul
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

*SOLD OUT* TF2016 Day 8 - D:NA - New Networks, hosted by Ernst Fischer

Day 8.

Free Event.

Ernst Fischer holds a communal court to create new artist networks. 

Alongside a selection of invited of artists,  Ernst hopes to offer place for artists to meet to create new beginnings and foster the start of future support networks.  

If you are an artist who feels left out or wants to feel more connected, or if you already have a network and you'd like others to feel welcome then come along.  

Located in the intimate setting of D:NA, this afternoon hopes to inspire a more connected future for everyone who takes part.  

Venue Information: Regretfully due to the period features of this domestic venue, it is not wheelchair accessible. 

This meeting will be FREE but booking in advance is essential. 

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Jul
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

TF2016 Day 8 - Amy Sharrocks

Day 8 - A virtual happening on a street in England

Free Artwork.

Amy Sharrocks - heading for a fall

On 28 July at 1pm, I will fall.

Whatever happens between now and then, this thing is certain: at 1:01pm, I will be flat on my face. You can rely on me.  I was thinking of things brewing. Of potions, of beer, of babies and tea and trouble. Of the dread that comes before a fall, when you know it's coming, the drop in your stomach, the wake in the night. The time spent contemplating the drop, before you step off whatever ledge you're on, before you make a move or it happens.

Often, of course, it all turns out much better than you feared. But not always.

Falling is a spectator sport. So if you want to see me fall, text me. 

I’ll fall for you.


To take part, add my number to your contacts then text: IWANTTOSEEYOUFALL to 07934654538 via What'sApp.

 

Photo Credit: Iris Long

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Jul
28
10:00am10:00am

TF2016 Day 8 - Jonathan Polkest

DAY 8.

Free Installation. 

Jonathan Polkest - Draw Me Tempted

Jonathan Polkest’s ‘Draw Me/Tedna Ve' drawing installation has been appearing in public spaces around the U.K.since 2004 ,TF2016 invites you to create a masterpiece in the drawing booth which is an adapted camera obscura, allowing people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to draw a seated companion using simple marker pens and paper.  Although simple and fun to use,  it is much more than a drawing that is produced, the person drawing generally captures the personality of the subject, often leading to a deeper understanding of the relationship between subject and image maker.  A curiosity about imaging is deepened as the experience is likened to being inside a large camera, the pictures are temporarily attached to surfaces in the immediate vicinity to create an instant portrait gallery.  people can photograph their work or return later to collect their portrait at the end of the event.

TF2016 community art in street locations contributing to interaction, recognition and understanding.

Watch the Draw Me Portrait installation in action: https://vimeo.com/31215928  

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Jul
28
12:00am12:00am

TF2016 Day 8 - Gillian Jane Lees & Adam York Gregory

Day 8 - Overnight Durational (Starting at 00:00). 

Gillian Jane Lees & Adam York Gregory - Present Tense

Present Tense is a task-based performance that creates and examines tension in an enclosed space.

Gillian moves through the space carefully setting several hundred conventional wooden mousetraps on the floor. Her hands and feet are bare and vulnerable being close to the trap mechanisms. She continues until she is backed into a corner. She then begins the process of skilfully moving through the set traps to exit the space.

Gillian and Adam aim to create a cumulative physical tension through the spring loaded traps and observe if it equates to a growing sense of emotional tension in anyone witnessing the piece – whether the repetition of a task that contains an inherent physical danger becomes more tense when performed repeatedly.

This marks the premiere of the full length version of this artwork. 

Gillian Jane Lees is Co-Artistic Director of Proto-type Theater and a freelance performer and collaborator. Adam York Gregory is a scientist, visual artist and film maker. Together, their practice seeks to explore the notion of 'the imagined ideal' through subjective performance, objective experimentation, documentation and observation.

http://proto-type.orghttp://thesecretsurface.co.uk

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Please note the start time of this performance is 00:00am on 28th July.  To view this performance you will need to either hold a day 8 ticket or a festival pass. 


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Jul
27
to Jul 28

TF2016 Days 7-8 - Rosana Cade

Days 7-8 (24 HOUR DURATIONAL). 

Rosana Cade - The Origin of the World, in collaboration with Will Dickie

created in His own image from the golden egg she ate the apple that sinful maiden and nothing went before this there is no beginning no end and He was the creator and all life stems from His body His body opened up and we were born the purpose of the universe unfolds in linear direction and in the illusions of time we begin where we started as God opens His eyes and closes them again time space BANG space time again them closes and eyes His opens God as started we where begin we time of illusions the in and direction linear in unfolds universe the of purpose the born were we and up opened body His body His from stems life all and creator the was He and end no beginning no is there this before went nothing and maiden sinful that apple the ate she egg golden the from image own His in created.

The Origin of the World is a 24 hour performance experiment involving labia lip syncing to male voices explaining the beginning of life and time. Through repetition, cyclical rituals and giant images of a talking vulva the performance is a queering of the idea of origin and linearity, and an undermining of patriarchal creation narratives. The painting in the image is L'Origine du monde by Gustave Courbet

www.rosanacadedotcom.wordpress.com

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To view this performance you will need to either hold a day 8 ticket or a festival pass.  


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Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

TF2016 Day 7 - Evening

Day 7 - Evening.

Kamil Guenatri - 10-14

My practice focuses mainly on sickness, in relation with my physical disability. I develop, in the frame of writing and visual arts, conceptual, philosophical and poetic forms. Through performance, I confront my almost inactive and dependent body (as a body without organs) with an action based media. With the help of my day carers, who are also my artistic assistants, best witnesses of my daily life, this paradox becomes an excuse to evoke the thin border between : impossibility and hope, immobility and movement, constraint and freedom. In this way the idea of "impossibility" is exceeded by an affirmation of different with personal rituals.

http://guenatrikamil.wix.com/artaction

Vela Oma - Primal Void

Primal Void is an attempt to extract the Void at the centre, or the source, of phenomenal existence from a large stone and replace it with my blood and sperm. Failure is an option.

www.templeofmessages.com

Johannes Bergmark - Stringed Stirrups

The Stringed Stirrups is literally walking on a vertical tightrope. I am playing two piano strings that are suspended from the ceiling, with me hanging in the lower end. The strings go through loops on a resonator that is tied around my chest. I give tension to the strings with my weight between the feet that stand in stirrups attached in the lower end of the strings. It is played with two bows and specially made wooden beaters. Sometimes the longitudinal vibrations of the strings are excited. It is amplified with a contact microphone.

Johannes Bergmark - I have been in you, you have been in me

Through a swallowed contact mike (covered in silicon glue), the audience hears my stomach devour drinks and snacks as well as my heart beat.

http://bergmark.org 

Johanna Bramli - The Larsens // Noise/Feedback Choir

The Larsens (French for the tone created by sonic feedback) is an all female noise / feedback choir. The group of 7 experimental vocalists are using their voices through amps, synths, effects and other gadgets to create a disembodied choir. Going from 'soft' or 'pure' unamplified voices to full, dominating and effected noise, they explore how one is to be perceived by the tone of their voices and what impact this plays.

www.johannabramli.com

Marina Barsy Janer & Isil Sol Vil - Descarnar fronteras

Their artistic practice takes the corporeal mimesis to the eXtreme, in a specific space and in a given environment, exploring alternative sensitivities that challenge the historical chronologies imposed while suppressing the male/female dichotomy. Their point of union, as vanishing point, is a constant pulsation where the plural presence of the body, the border destruction, and the decolonisation of the mind-body is an act of rebellion and subversion.

De-borderise the imposition of the ‘I’. The activation of disOrder. To connect with the OtherOneSelf by peeling-off the ego. De-serialize, deface, to crack the mirror of the soul. To become the shattering of Otherness and to resist the suffocation of the matter of Capital.

www.marinabarsyjaner.com and www.isilsolvil.com

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Jul
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

TF2016 Day 7 - Funding Scrum, with Andrew Ellerby (Arts Council England)

Day 7.

Free Event. 

andrew ellerby tempting failure

Do you have an idea for a performance? 

Are you thinking about applying for funding or are you in the process of writing a funding application? 

As part of TF2016 Andrew Ellerby from Arts Council England is hosting a group workshop, offering the opportunity to discuss, unpick, challenge, advise and generally get nitty gritty with Grants for the Arts.

This is an active session within a supportive group environment in which you will be able to develop your proposal and gain practical advise on the ways and means of funding within the context of your own idea. 

The scrum will be FREE but booking in advance is essential. 

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Jul
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

TF2016 - Day 6 - Evening

Day 6 - Evening.

Helena Goldwater - embed

This 4-hour performance explores the task of transforming a vast space with small actions. By covering, enclosing and ordering, these actions hope to nourish the ground. Nourishing the ground is a labour of love. Small actions take time to fill the space. They are hard work. It takes the whole body. Goldwater is bedding down, in the hope of finding a place, to rest one’s head awhile, or to journey toward.

Helena Goldwater’s performance works can equally be seen as installations. She shifts bodily materials and territory over time, transforming the everyday or repetitive tasks into extraordinary acts and environments to dwell upon. She creates miniature spectacles, which are concerned with re-positioning, revealing and re-forming the spaces we inhabit. 

www.helenagoldwater.co.uk Supported by: www.hair-development.com

Nathaniel Wyrick - Not an Egg in the Hayloft

Nathaniel Wyrick utilises the use of objects to locate a history or placeness. Through this use of objects, he explores the connections between fragments of memory and image. Much of his sculptural and performative work is a process of the creation or re-creation of this fragmented imagery; he thinks about colour palettes, smells, sounds, and the seemingly choreographed task of a live action. All of this working together to trigger or create connections between the artist’s own personal history and that of the viewer.Nathaniel will place slip casted porcelain eggs into small jars one at a time. Eventually dissolving, cracking, and breaking, they will release their insides. Concurrently, he will be weaving a basket from start to finish. Once finished, the jars will be emptied by hand into the basket and the liquid will be consumed by the artist. Through these actions, the artist hopes to think and investigate ideas of birth, abortion, and gender roles through this year's provocation "In-Utero".

www.nathanielwyrick.com

Selina Bonelli - honey-glassed

honey-glassed explores themes of violence, desire and loss. Actions and materials act as carriers for haunted memories and paralysed wakefulness. The inability to verbalise sensations, the silence that ensues, the attempt to express and hold shame, the guilt feeding off self blame and the body's enduring loyalty to scarification, all play out into a mix of sharp edges and failed dreams.

http://selinabonelli.blogspot.co.uk

Esther Neff - The Scraping Shape of the Socially Cyclomythic Womb

The Scraping Shape of the Socially Cyclomythic Womb assembles unsubstantiated perceptions, reclaiming parallels between menstrual cycles and abilities to communicate, transfer, and share sensual, mental, and somatic phenomena in order to dissemble essentialist and pathologizing notions of womanhood and madness.

http://www.panoplylab.org/estherneff

Link+Pin & Rats 9 Gallery Nominee.  Photo Credit: Clarinda Mac Low.

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Jul
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

*SOLD OUT* TF2016 Day 6 - Challenging Spaces: Access and Performance Art, hosted by Clara Giraud (Unlimited)

Day 6.

Free Event.

Tempting Failure is about finding ways to programme that which is challenging, risky and potentially avoided by mainstream venues. 

How do we embrace issues surrounding access when what is being programmed may demand more from the audience, venues, producers to begin with?

Clara Giraud Project Manager of Unlimited (delivered by Shape and Artsadmin) in London, is joined by a section of this years TF2016 artists and producers, including Rhiannon ArmstrongKamil Guenatri (pictured), Rosana CadeFrancesca Steele and Helena Sands to creatively open, challenge and discuss issues surrounding access and performance art.  Creating a dialogue together this talk will consider what practices are and can be and what it means to engage with wider audiences. 

The talk will be FREE but booking in advance is essential. 

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Jul
26
1:00pm 1:00pm

TF2016 Day 6 - Zierle & Carter

Day 6 - Zierle & Carter

Zierle & Carter - Spilling Pearls – Cycles of Nurture and Deceit

Positioned to fail, knives stab into backs. The gaze returned through hand bound mirrors, reaching and stretching beyond boundaries. The search for the other initiates the dance.

The ground is laid for a live relationship dynamic to surface and unfold. A silent conversation follows; a precarious territorial dance on plates circles around the void within. A continuous investigation pivots between hostility, mechanisms of deceit, resistance, futile attempts at gifting and receiving, tension, tenderness, care, and an underlying endeavour for harmony.

‘Spilling Pearls – Cycles of Nurture and Deceit’ explores the restrictive nature of co-dependency in human relationships through a cyclical unfolding process of inhibited exchanges between two people, highlighting conflict and unvoiced tension, searching for ways to diffuse and bridge the distance that separates them in order to give light to new possibilities of coexistence. As the dialogue deepens, a womb space is carved out, emptiness draws the outer perceptions inwards and a new paradigm emerges.

www.zierlecarterliveart.com

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Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

TF2016 Day 5 - Evening

Day 5 - Evening.

FK Alexander - NOT(I)

Samuel Beckett's Not I, written out in blood over 2.5 hours, set in rubble and drone.  

 A meditation on futility, female madness, isolation and life force. 

…..speechless infant no love such as normally vented not suffering imagine not suffering for no particular reason for its own sake the tongue is in the mouth no speech possible so what one is saying the whole beinghanging on its words no idea what she's saying and cant stop no stopping it could not make a sound something begging in the brain guilty or not speak up woman stand up woman……

 http://fkalexan.de/r

Natalie Ramus - 16000:1 OPENING

A fascination with the materiality of the body has led Natalie to question its edges and boundaries. This performance will mark the beginning of a long term project in which Natalie will make use of a stack of paper which equates to her body’s height. This stack will be used to explore and document the body through action- the traces of which will be captured and documented creating an archive of time, memory and body. The primary performance will be an action based meditation exploring the notion of ‘opening’ in relation to body and performance. The stack will be revisited on Thursday 28th where Natalie’s children’s teeth will enter the space. Her children’s teeth came into existence inside her body and left inside the bodies of her children. As her children lost their teeth they came back into Natalie's possession; with those teeth as material, a meditation through action will consider where the mother’s body ends. Overall this project will consider performance itself and ask the question, when does performance begin / end? Part two can be seen on Thursday 28th July.

www.natalieramus.com

*This performance replaces Ruthless Jabiru, who due to circumstances beyond our control will sadly no longer be able to perform. 

Francesca Steele - Tease

Tease brings together elements of fetish exchange and intimate familial discourse. It speaks of tangible broken conversations.  The piece ‘stands in’, as embodiment of empirical but disjointed knowing. The actions mirror lost or imagined dialogues.  Our interaction will be abbreviated and unsatisfactory; the piece will hang like an unobtainable climax or float as an misconfigured question.

http://francescasteele.co.uk/biography

GRIMALKIN555 - DSM III - No Demoniacs!

“She is forced to scream. She screams abuse. The minute she screams she hates herself for the sound she makes. She sounds just like the person he wants her to sound like. She is a stranger to her own discursive or expressive sounds. Her sounds either have no meaning or they are the sounds he says “hysterics” make. She hates her own voice.” - Adele Olivia Gladwell, Catamania - the Dissonance of Female Pleasure and Dissent.

Since 1980 the concept of hysteria as a medical condition has been obliterated by the contemporary mental health industry, and dismissed as a historical diagnosis conferred upon sexually frustrated females. Yet, hysteria is a powerful emotional state. Gendered madness and the heavily symbolic sound of the female scream tap into primal emotions and socially constructed responses, as well as providing personal catharsis for the individual experiencing a hysterical episode. Down with DSMIII! Long live the Demoniacs! 

GRIMALKIN555 is the performance persona of Sarah Glass http://sarahglass.kovoroxsound.com

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Jul
25
to Jul 29

Tempting Failure & Barberette present, Short Chat and Sides

Days 5 - 9.

From 4pm each day - PAY WHAT YOU CAN.

Want to get to know some of the TF2016 artists a little better?

Each day from 4pm Tempting Failure has teamed up with Barberette to offer a series of intimate conversations with some of the artists involved in the festival this year.  

Barberette is a gender neutral boutique barbers, and alongside an intimate audience of only 10 people you will get to watch each artist have their hair styled whilst also talking about their lives and artistic practice.  

Monday 25th July - Zierle and Carter

Tuesday 26th July - TBC*

Wednesday 27th July - FK Alexander

Thursday 28th July - Chelsea Coon

Friday 29th July - Richard Herring

Find out more about Barberette by going to: www.barberette.co.uk

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Sadly due circumstances beyond our control Poppy Jackson is no longer able to appear on Tuesday 26th July.

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Jul
25
10:00am10:00am

TF2016 Day 5 - LADA Study Room Day

Day 5.

Free Event.

Tempting Failure Study room LADA TF2016
For me personally, my mind moves away from heteronormative binaries or maternal and paternal drives and is drawn to thoughts of cycle, of eddies and currents of noise...
— Thomas John Bacon on TF2016's in-utero provocation

 

Following the festival theme, in-utero, Tempting Failure and LADA are once again coming together to offer the opportunity to discuss, engage and examine cycles, new beginnings, creation/destruction, depression and disease.

You are invited to join the day long event consisting of an introduction from TF and the chance to browse the curated materials from the LADA study room. Using the format of an open mic platform there will be an open invitation to share texts, images or create spontaneous responses to the discoveries made in the study room.

This will culminate in an afternoon Round Table session featuring Lois Keidan, Anne Bean, Esther Neff, Thomas John Bacon, Gillian Jane Lees and Adam York Gregory.  Here we will open the discussion from the day's research, responding to conversations upon the themes emerging from the open mic sessions as well as considering the theme in-utero.

This event is Free, but booking is essential.  

 

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Jul
24
11:30am11:30am

TF2016 Day 4 - Toorchen Tours

Day 4 - Toorchen Tours.

Ernst Fischer - Toorchen Tours

A walking tour offering surreal encounters with the negligible, the lost and the discarded – with art and rubbish, objects and people – in the streets of Herne hill, south-east London.

In memory of local artist Anthea Toorchen (died 2015), who had a particular fondness for found materials and dismantled structures. 

Photo Credit: Manuel Vason & Ernst Fischer

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Jul
24
11:00am11:00am

TF2016 Day 4

Day 4.

Alanna Lynch - Concealed and Contained

With this ongoing project, since 2009, I have been collecting my hair as it falls from my head and spinning it into a yarn. During the performance I continue the process of crocheting from the top of my head down over my body. Eventually I plan to completely cover myself. The very qualities of my natural kinky hair that make it unruly and coarse are those that facilitate the manipulation of the material. I work with these qualities and the affective state of my hair: the way it can be perceived as beastly, as something not-human, something to be feared, to challenge constructed aesthetic notions and values.

http://alannalynch.com

Sebastian Hau Walker - Ausculta (Vision Serpents)

Creates a performance installation of warm noise and rough memories, live-feed projection and VHS tapes; fetal dopplers and Mayan bloodletting rituals. (Re)mediated bodies, continuously growing, regressing, demonstrate the twinned physical process of (my) human and taped memory; invoked when re-played, re-presented, cyclical and serpentine, within the performance itself - a post(?)modern ritual.

www.sebastianhw.info Photo Credit: Greg Veit at Steakhouse Live for Home For Waifs And Strays artist development programme 'Homegrown', supported by Jerwood Charitable Trust and Arts Council England. 

Robert Watts - UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

If the present position is clear, the future direction is unclear. If the future direction is clear, the present position is unclear.

"Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is a fundamental, inescapable property of the world" - Steven Hawking.

This performance/sound piece explores a paradoxical conversation. Removing art from art, science from science and bringing the two together to form a conversation in which one informs the other and vice versa.

www.robert-hughwatts.com Mentored by Ernst Fischer.

Phillip Bedwell - Echoes

A simple breath can lead to a transformation. A union of mind and body and a knowledge for that everything we can strive towards that we have to leave our old selves behind. Through a everyday setting, my body and base materials I seek to explore this twinning of both memorial and celebration. I invite you to witness this exploration.

https://lyingprone.wordpress.com

James Sherman - IN/OUT

A sound/noise action with vocal/body elements in an attempt to explore the relationship between polarities and the nature of dichotomy. Sound, silence and noise will converge around, and within, the body to form a unified dialectic investigation.

Mentored by Clive Henry.


Venue Information: Regretfully due to the period features of this domestic venue, it is not wheelchair accessible.  All performances are strictly limited capacity.

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Jul
24
10:00am10:00am

TF2016 Day 4 - Gallery

Day 4 - Gallery.

Free Admission.

Daniel Nicolae Djamo - Territorial marking / 2015

I’m marking the area surrounding the home of my mother in Nogent-sur-Vernisson (Loiret, France) with the flag of Romania. I marked a Romanian territory in France. My mother left the country when I was 20, being one of those who left in the first waves of immigration after the acceptance in the EU. She works as a doctor and has her own private business close to Montargis, France. The sound represents my mother’s reaction to a work I had planned to do in Paris, on July 14th, 2014. I wanted to take yellow graffiti spray and transform all of the French flags from Champs Elysee into Romanian ones.

http://djamo.weebly.com

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Jul
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

TF2016 Day 3 - Evening

Day 3 - Evening.

Anne Bean - 5 Duets with Strangers

Featuring five strangers, some of which may be very familiar to you!  Anne Bean has requested Tempting Failure to programme five artists, unknown to her in advance to perform in the moment without any preparation.  Duets with 5 Strangers is another strategy towards incising biopsies of consciousness, as Anne Bean continues to live work, to work live.

www.annebean.net 

Alicia Radage - Extension Off Land

9 yarns of wool extending from an arsehole and a metal spike balancing above a head. Attached to the end of each piece of wool is a small mirror. Extension: Off Land exists in the body's ability to host and birth whilst fighting against its actuality. With the knowledge that the cycles of what enter and exit the body are predetermined the work explores the elements of control within this as well as imaginaries of other trajectories.

www.aliciaradage.com

Bristol Biennial Nominee.  Photo Credit: Marco Berardi.

Nicola Hunter - Lost Bodies

Her body transpired into the darkness that day. Her last breath grew wings: pulling the soul from beneath her bones to the next life. Grief births a visceral journey, which swells and tears the skin, spitting you out onto barren lands. There was death and it took me with it. ‘Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. The wildish nature comes to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped' (Clarissa Pinkola Estes). 

This new performance is the first few breaths of a new life, with a new voice, in new flesh. In ‘Lost Bodies’- artist Nicola Hunter (formerly Canavan) will be celebrating loss as a strengthening process, a metamorphosis and a return to the wild.

www.nicolacanavan.com

Natalie Raven & Dagmar Schwitzgebel - Sackcloth & Ashes

The elders of Daughter Zion

sit on the ground in silence;

they have sprinkled dust on their heads

and put on sackcloth.

The virgins of Jerusalem

have bowed their heads to the ground. - Lamentations, 2:10

Acts of repentance

for Our sins;

the sins of Our flesh.

In the name of the father

Our men. - Church of Performance, 1:1

Sackcloth and Ashes explores the complex relationship between religious ideology and the female body. It attempts to re-frame female lived experience, presenting emancipation through acts of strength, poise, compassion, and tenderness.

www.natalieraven.co.uk Photo Credit: Dagmar Schwitzgebel

Becky O'Brien - Hera

This body based work explores the history of the female form in art, paying particular focus to Greek sculpture and the hero status associated with the nude form.

Mentored by Poppy Jackson

 

 

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Jul
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

*SOLD OUT* TF2016 - Artist Picnic, hosted by Helena Sands

Day 3.

Free Event.

queenie and tempting failure

Fancy taking a break, feeling the grass between your toes and spending an hour or so to sit and chat in the sun? 

Helena Sands, TF2016's Legacy Prodcuer, hosts a meet n mingle, to discuss any issues on artists minds with no agenda.

Come and join in Croydon's lovely Wandle Park (Just two stops on the Number 3 tram from George Street) for an artist picnic - we’ll provide the blankets and there may even be a little cake too :) 

No preparation required just time, space and lovely people! We may even play frisbee! x

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Jul
23
12:00pm12:00pm

TF2016 Day 3 - Rhiannon Armstrong

Day 3 - Street Intervention: Croydon.

Free Performance.

Rhiannon Armstrong - Public Selfcare System

Public Selfcare System is a one-to-one performance, a tandem jump into the unknown, direct action, and a masterclass in self-care and the radical act of stopping.

As the government dismantles our public health and welfare systems, the future of “no money, no care" looks like chronic illness for all those not at the very top of the pile (and trust me, you are not at the top of the pile). Without access to public healthcare, what remains are shared public acts of self-care.

I am an expert in resting in public thanks to a neurological condition that forces me to lie down wherever I happen to be, and stay there until I am well enough to get up again. In order to carry on living we may all have to learn to stop in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day, and rest. Get ahead of the curve, get your training in now.

"Come with me to a place you may have seen, walked past, but never been to. We are going to lie down and have a rest: I will look out for you and look after you. You have right to be here, you have a right to do this. We can do it together."

http://rhiannonarmstrong.net

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Performance Information: 
1. Please come to the Descartes Gallery in Matthews Yard, Croydon 30 mins prior to your start time for instructions on where the performance will take place.  
2. This performance will take place in all weathers and you must be prepared to lay down in a public space with the artist.  
3. Please dress appropriately.  
4. These tickets are free, if you plan to cancel (we really hope you won't) but you must give 48 hours notice. 
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Jul
23
10:00am10:00am

TF2016 Day 3 - Jonathan Polkest

DAY 3.

Free Installation.

Jonathan Polkest - Draw Me Tempted

Jonathan Polkest’s ‘Draw Me/Tedna Ve' drawing installation has been appearing in public spaces around the U.K.since 2004 ,TF2016 invites you to create a masterpiece in the drawing booth which is an adapted camera obscura, allowing people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to draw a seated companion using simple marker pens and paper.  Although simple and fun to use,  it is much more than a drawing that is produced, the person drawing generally captures the personality of the subject, often leading to a deeper understanding of the relationship between subject and image maker.  A curiosity about imaging is deepened as the experience is likened to being inside a large camera, the pictures are temporarily attached to surfaces in the immediate vicinity to create an instant portrait gallery.  people can photograph their work or return later to collect their portrait at the end of the event.

TF2016 community art in street locations contributing to interaction, recognition and understanding.

Watch the Draw Me Portrait installation in action: https://vimeo.com/31215928  

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Jul
23
10:00am10:00am

TF2016 Day 3 - Gallery

Day 3 - Gallery.

Free Admission.

Hywel T Cardew - 016 your contribution

Cardew’s practice encompasses film, installation, photography and writing as vehicles in addressing tacit agreements of self: of repression, consumption, comparison, and competition ... how we constitute and arrange value within a society structured upon consumption and individual gain; what lies beneath all that, when all the armour is shed? - A gradual decay of one’s own sense of self and, perhaps more profoundly, the resultant decay of community. To what ends will we need to go to feel? ... Just to feel? It is all incredibly absurd - that we all chase more, never questioning what ‘more’ actually is. Sincerity & love drift further away along the strong current of nervous laughter and staring endlessly into the mirror. And so, for him, it is necessary to communicate these meditations as artworks, in the belief that art contains the power to subvert & reveal the latent.

Cardew has exhibited within the UK & screened works internationally. In 2015 he was commissioned to produce a temporal public space installation & held a solo show exhibiting film and photography. He studied architecture at the University of Bath and Technical University of Munich, attaining a high first class honours & a prize winning thesis project. Thereafter, he worked for the eminent practise Herzog & de Meuron at their design HQ in Basel, Switzerland for two years before returning, in 2014, to the UK to focus on his own career.

Like a leisure activity; like a walk in a park, or watching the football; he regularly writes in third person.

www.hyweltcardew.com

This exhibition is not suitable for those of a sensitive nature. 

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Jul
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

TF2016 Day 2 - Evening

Day 2 - Evening.

Xavier De Sousa - Post

There is a word in Portuguese that signifies a constant need for completeness, for wholeness: ‘saudade’. Untranslatable, the word alludes to living in a constant state of longing for what is now gone, a desire for presence as opposed to absence. We live in an ever shifting political and geographical landscape. As a generation that grew up into an open-doors Europe and the advances of the internet, we have been accustomed to travel, exchange, engage with and collaborate with people with different nationalities from us. The freedom of movement has allowed us to expand our knowledge of what ‘place’ and ‘borders’ mean. ‘Post’ is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, of constantly inhabiting a ‘national limbo’ and failing to be adhering to border and identity-defining norms. 

www.xavierdesousa.co.uk

Hollie Miller - Stigmata

The soul expresses itself as a body. Source of temptation and torment, the body is also a beloved companion and facilitator. Flesh as weight that pulls down the spirit.

http://hollieclairemiller.com

Malik Nashad Sharpe (marikiscrycrycry) - A S S I M I L A T I O N

A S S I M I L A T I O N is a solo choreography that cogently collects images placed together in order to secure multilogical Afrofuturity. The imbrication of queer, anarchist, and pro-Black ontologies alongside a current state of socio-political affairs creates choreographic systems that suggest new existential possibilities through recalling and re-situating the allostatic load (the wearing and tearing of the body due to consistent stress) faced by the Black body as caused by frequent abuse, and also as the ripest site for radical discourse.

http://maliknashadsharpe.com

Clive Henry & Yol - Boxed In

Cardboard noise, caveman Houdini (low rent), contaminated recycling.

www.clivehenry.org & https://yolnoise.bandcamp.com

Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) - Dancing With Strangers: from Calais to England (Film Version)

This is a 10-minute documentary film of the devising process in Calais to accompany the performance that took place in the streets of Croydon.  Find out more about today's performances by clicking here.  The film will offer an insight into the company’s time in Calais running the ‘dance tent’ and creating the project, and it will feature interviews with the Calais-based participants and the rest of the team: media sociologist Maria Rovisco, humanitarian worker Ifty Patel, film-maker Lucy Barker, and artist Rita Marcalo.

http://dwsfromcalaistoengland.tumblr.com and www.instantdissidence.co.uk

Daniel Holmes - Dialogue

'Dan has words. Lots and lots of words. Some might say too many. Heartfelt words. Meaningless words. Words of frustration. Words of regret. Words of joy. Words for him, for you, for people who don't exist. Words that aren't actually words. Words that are just sounds. Words you wish you'd said. Words you wish he hadn't. Dan has words. Lots and lots of words. But whose voice is his? Speak.'

Mentored by AMINAL.

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Jul
22
11:00am11:00am

TF2016 Day 2 - Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence)

Day 2 - Street Intervention: Croydon.

Free Performance.

Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) - Dancing With Strangers: from Calais to England

A choreographic act of border transgression.

A woman on the street with outstretched arms and a t-shirt that says ‘Dance With Me’.

Will you accept her invitation?

Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) is going to ask you to dance. She’s been dancing with refugees in ‘The Jungle’ camp in Calais and they have created a series of duets that they would like to perform with a person in England. As none of them is able to cross the border, if you accept Rita’s invitation you will (through her and the exchanged gift of dance), perform a duet with one of those refugees. Dance with a stranger and complete the connection.

And if, by any chance, any of the refugees featured in the project manage to cross over into England before our Tempting Failure performance date, they will take over from Rita and perform their own role in the duet.

A 10-minute documentary film of the devising process in Calais will also be screened, click here for more details

http://dwsfromcalaistoengland.tumblr.com and www.instantdissidence.co.uk

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Dancing With Strangers:From Calais to England is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional funding/support from The People’s Street Kitchen, the University of the Arts Helsinki, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Bradford Festival, Tempting Failure Festival, University of Leicester, York St John University, and Hull Dance. An Instant Dissidence production.

Rita Marcalo is supported with generous sponsorship of these companies.
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Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

TF2016 Day 2 - Gallery

Day 2 - Gallery.

Free Admission.

Sue Fox - The Forgotten (The Unborn)

Fox will present a series of still images of babies that died pre-term, in-utero for TF2016.  These are beautiful bodies like tiny sea-shells. We do not readily see such things and push them to the back of consciousness and out of our recognition. These beings lived and died without being known. It is a calling to remember such lost beings, discarded and forgotten.

Fox is a punk buddhist artist who photographs, performs and writes about sex and death. Her first transgressive novel is entitled ‘The Visceral Tear’ and was published in November 2015 by Oneiros Books. Fox has exhibited globally in such notorious shows as ‘The Dead’, ‘Six Feet Under’, ’Flying Over Water’, ‘Encountering Corpses’ and features in a myriad of publications such as ‘Post Mortem’, ‘The New Invisibility of Death’, ‘Art & Obscenity’, ‘A Contemporary Western Book of the Dead’, ‘Pornographic Arts & the Aesthetics of Photography’ and ‘Transgressions , The Offences of Art’. Her art and philosophy are discussed in the Channel 4 series ‘Vile Bodies – Photography and the Crisis of Looking’ with Joel-Peter Witkin, Jenny Saville, Sally Mann and Andres Serrano; her works are presented in a Euro TV Arte documentary called ‘The Exposition of Death’ with Christian Boltanski and Gregor Schneider. Fox likes anything that is subversive and pushes the corporeal to its limits. Fox has performed with such artists as Ron Athey, David Hoyle, Michael Mayhew, Jeff Noon, Alexis Milne, Rosie (Lugosi) Garland, Paul Koudounaris, and Teresa Margolles. Fox is a Photography Lecturer and has been teaching since 2002 on the Film & Media B.A. Hons Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/sfox

This exhibition is not suitable for those of a sensitive nature. 

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Jul
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

*SOLD OUT* TF2016 Day 1 - Private View

Day 1 - Private View

Free Admission.

The private view will feature an exclusive performance by:

Anthony Elliott & Wajid Yaseen - CrossingLines

‘CrossingLines’ is an improvised vocal and sound-drawing performance involving Wajid Yaseen's experiments in extended vocal techniques with Anthony Elliott's sculpture-sound-printing rheostat to explore a balance between all-gate square wave generators that allow on-off vocal input. A contrast in frequency and sound texture generated by the two performers and two systems will be suspended between the systematic and the unplanned.

www.wajidyaseen.com & www.elliottart.co.uk

Additionally, the private view will feature exclusive previews of:

Sue Fox - The Forgotten (The Unborn)

Fox will present a series of still images of babies that died pre-term, in-utero for TF2016.  These are beautiful bodies like tiny sea-shells. We do not readily see such things and push them to the back of consciousness and out of our recognition. These beings lived and died without being known. It is a calling to remember such lost beings, discarded and forgotten.

Fox is a punk buddhist artist who photographs, performs and writes about sex and death. Her first transgressive novel is entitled ‘The Visceral Tear’ and was published in November 2015 by Oneiros Books. Fox has exhibited globally in such notorious shows as ‘The Dead’, ‘Six Feet Under’, ’Flying Over Water’, ‘Encountering Corpses’ and features in a myriad of publications such as ‘Post Mortem’, ‘The New Invisibility of Death’, ‘Art & Obscenity’, ‘A Contemporary Western Book of the Dead’, ‘Pornographic Arts & the Aesthetics of Photography’ and ‘Transgressions , The Offences of Art’. Her art and philosophy are discussed in the Channel 4 series ‘Vile Bodies – Photography and the Crisis of Looking’ with Joel-Peter Witkin, Jenny Saville, Sally Mann and Andres Serrano; her works are presented in a Euro TV Arte documentary called ‘The Exposition of Death’ with Christian Boltanski and Gregor Schneider. Fox likes anything that is subversive and pushes the corporeal to its limits. Fox has performed with such artists as Ron Athey, David Hoyle, Michael Mayhew, Jeff Noon, Alexis Milne, Rosie (Lugosi) Garland, Paul Koudounaris, and Teresa Margolles. Fox is a Photography Lecturer and has been teaching since 2002 on the Film & Media B.A. Hons Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/sfox

Daniel Nicolae Djamo - Territorial marking / 2015

I’m marking the area surrounding the home of my mother in Nogent-sur-Vernisson (Loiret, France) with the flag of Romania. I marked a Romanian territory in France. My mother left the country when I was 20, being one of those who left in the first waves of immigration after the acceptance in the EU. She works as a doctor and has her own private business close to Montargis, France. The sound represents my mother’s reaction to a work I had planned to do in Paris, on July 14th, 2014. I wanted to take yellow graffiti spray and transform all of the French flags from Champs Elysee into Romanian ones.

http://djamo.weebly.com

Hywel T Cardew - 016 your contribution

Cardew’s practice encompasses film, installation, photography and writing as vehicles in addressing tacit agreements of self: of repression, consumption, comparison, and competition ... how we constitute and arrange value within a society structured upon consumption and individual gain; what lies beneath all that, when all the armour is shed? - A gradual decay of one’s own sense of self and, perhaps more profoundly, the resultant decay of community. To what ends will we need to go to feel? ... Just to feel? It is all incredibly absurd - that we all chase more, never questioning what ‘more’ actually is. Sincerity & love drift further away along the strong current of nervous laughter and staring endlessly into the mirror. And so, for him, it is necessary to communicate these meditations as artworks, in the belief that art contains the power to subvert & reveal the latent.

www.hyweltcardew.com

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This is festival is for this aged 16+. It is not suitable for anyone of a sensitive nature. The festival may feature nudity, extreme body art, sexual content, loud noise, smoke and strobe. This festival will be documented. By purchasing a ticket you agree to the release and free use of your image in any documentation produced. Wheelchair users can access all events except those at DN:A due to the period features of this building. If you are a wheelchair user or have specific needs of access please email: contact@temptingfailure.com BEFORE PURCHASING A TICKET.
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