4th June 2013
Curated by Laura Hemming-Lowe
JULIE ROSE BOWER
JULIE ROSE BOWER is a live artist, writer and performance director. She makes original performance installation work concerned with oblique storytelling and making the everyday extraordinary. At SMASH LAB Julie Rose Bower will present The Spinning Dress, the second of a triptych of dress pieces, the first of which was The Teabag Dress. The Dress Triptych explores unusual dressmaking processes and how they may invoke unusual activities in the wearer. The Spinning Dress uses a knotting motif and takes as its action the appearance, disappearance and reappearance of a crocheted dress. This piece is inspired by the idea of a very long hex or spell, and the audience may make suggestions for what the subject of such a spell might be. Using drone music and projection this durational performance installation enters into an arena of uncanny wish fulfilment as in the story The Three Spinners by the Brothers Grimm.TWISTED LOAF are Libby and Nina, a female clown duo who interweave character sketch comedy into their set. Politically incorrect and sexually unashamed the characters teeter on the edge of absurdity and propel the show into uncertain calamity. "Classic shticks with a completely stupid modern spin. These two girls are totally idiot and we love them for being so horrible at everything they try and do - however stupid it is"
LOUISE ORWIN is an artist working in performance, video and photography. She is preoccupied with liveness, awkwardness, femininity and masochism- but above all, she likes to have fun. Am I Pretty/Ugly? is a performance which follows Louise's trail of research into how Generation YouTube uses the ever widening field of social networking to reach others. Using as its starting point a worrying trend in which teenage girls post videos on YouTube asking the faceless viewers of this platform to judge their looks, taking into account her own forays into this genre of vlogging, throwing in a live experiment, and some embarrassing stories from her teenage years, she will be attempting to ask questions about how recent advances in technology are changing the way we perceive ourselves and each other. What happens when we find YouTube answers all our questions? If it has become a mirror of our society, what is being reflected?
NIKE are a new multi-disciplinary performance duo hailing from the north. Samuel Kennedy and Jacob Fairclough are influenced by hyper representations of gender and personality in culture. For SMASH LAB they will present b-day. The piece is improvised physically and musically based around ideas of easily consumable sexuality.
JULIE ROSE BOWER
All photographs by Ludovic Des Cognets