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TF2016 Day 8 - Gillian Jane Lees & Adam York Gregory

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

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.


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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. 

Earlier Event: July 27
TF2016 Days 7-8 - Rosana Cade
Later Event: July 28
TF2016 Day 8 - Jonathan Polkest