Military Craft II, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Military Craft II

19:00-19:30, 20.2.2013

Performed at opening of Imagined Communities

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Curated by Miguel Amado

I performed Military Craft II, a progression of Military Craft, performed at Guangzhou Live. This is also showing as a video work and installation in the gallery.

See Imagined Communities exhibition here

See panel discussion here

Read a Sunday Times Review here

Military Craft, II, Video excerpt

3 mins 33 secs from 19 mins 36 secs

A sequence of small gestures, actions and interactions involving the audience that considers such issues as territory, formation of communities, identities and beliefs/rights. Through actions and gestures, I enact the military might of the authoritative commander who territorialises, advances and forges empires, armies, communities, land… combined with the antithesis- lightness, compassion, openness of seer, savant who emanates compassion and an instinctive humility towards others- scaling emotions and acts in between.

This piece considers the carving, destruction, re-construction of individuals, nations and possession. It seeks to rethink the forming of belief systems, margins and borders, of self-needed acceptance, belonging, justice and the fragility that contrasts the results that come with self-defense. The I-Ching, chance and an improvised nature is central to this piece and opens a rupture space to in a bid to begin from the present. The performance lies in my catalyst actions and the effects are in response to the audience- perhaps their physical movement, playful perhaps in its liveness to seek the narrative the audience helps to build..


Performance stills

There was a pervasive, non-existent quality in the space throughout. It was really interesting how you incorporated objects… is this from religion (Communion) it made me think of this. Spectator

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I think it took me by surprise… how energetic it was. You can find that live performance in Belfast, and everywhere else i suppose, to focus on repetitive action or endurance, so I felt it quite refreshing to feel intimidated by your presence. At the beginning I remember being impressed by your flexibility and wondering if you were a dancer of some kind previously or as a child. You definitely took command of the room, and the entire exhibition at that point. I was intrigued at how you interacted with the objects and what they represented. But I’m still not entirely sure. It felt like you were creating a kind of playful historical, sociopolitical dialogue between two cultures.

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I found your movements seductively mesmerising and I was very engaged. Also as a pretty female in a pretty dress there was a kind of voyeuristic element to it all. Then you grabbed my friend Ben! He’s my best friend so I could see instantly he felt very uncomfortable and and bit shy from your sudden interaction. But that’s performance! You just have to go with it! So at that point I personally clammed up as i hadn’t expected a third wall like that to be broken. I don’t do very well acting or speaking in public so the idea of you approaching me physically was very intimidating. I still very much enjoyed the humour and diversity of your actions and how you interacted with others. There was a gentle harshness to it all. A bitter sweetness…I enjoyed the experience very much. Was i in the final edit of the recording?? I’ll have to go back to the exhibition and have a look if i get the chance.

Miguel Martin, spectator

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Erratic and erotic.. A dangerous mix… Spectator

Click here to see video excerpt

See Military Craft I here

Details of Talk here

Take It To The Bridge and Sunday Times reviews here

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