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TF2016 Day 8 - Evening

  • Hackney Showroom Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT UK (map)

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 supporting 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.

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.