IAIN FORSYTH AND JANE POLLARD - Audience/Performer
An exhibition for Brighton Festival 2012
Memories provoked by music through songs people have loved and lived.
Audience/Performer is a programme of acclaimed film and video works by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who are amongst the UK’s leading contemporary artists, working at the edge of performance and new media.
Lighthouse is delighted to be part of Brighton Festival 2012, guest directed by Vanessa Redgrave. We are partnered with the festival on the presentation of two major commissions by contemporary artists, The Otolith Group and Invisible Flock plus the presentation of an exhibition by artist-duo, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
Music is a potent device throughout their practice, and they are noted for their ongoing collaborations with musicians, such as Nick Cave and J Spaceman. In 2009, they were invited by Nick Cave to produce Do you love me like I love you, a series of 14 films, each to accompany the remastered releases of his 14 albums. These works create a portrait of each album, personified through the stories and intonation of the people who have loved and lived them. Audience / Performer also includes the film File under Sacred Music, which takes as its starting point an infamous bootleg video of a live performance by The Cramps for patients at Napa State Mental Institute, California in 1978.
On 12 May Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard present an exclusive performance of Performer. Audience. Fuck Off. at The Basement with a special guest performer. The performance will be followed by an in conversation with the artists at Lighthouse.
About the artists
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard began working together in 1993. Their work unpicks popular culture through re-enactment and repetition, re-staging iconic cultural moments, to examine the past and present. They are pioneers in the use of re-enactment within visual art, from The World Won’t Listen, their first ‘ready-made’ live project in 1996 to their critically acclaimed A Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (1998) a painstakingly faithful re-staging of David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust 25 years after the original event.
They have had major solo shows at BFI Southbank Gallery in London, South London Gallery and Lawrence Eng Gallery in Vancouver. Their work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including at BALTIC in Gateshead, A Foundation in Liverpool, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, Wellington City Gallery in New Zealand, Musée d’Art Moderne in Luxembourg and Art Mu Gallery in Tokyo, amongst other places. They are represented by Kate MacGarry in London.
Preview: Friday 4 May 2012, 4:30 – 7pm
Dates: 05 – 26 May 2012 (Closed Sundays)
Times: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tickets: FREE entry
Performance of Performer. Audience. Fuck Off. at The Basement (24 Kensington Street), followed by a Q&A with the artists at Lighthouse:
Date: 12 May 2012
Performance at The Basement: 7.30pm
Q&A at Lighthouse: 8.30pm
Audience/Performer is co-presented with The Basement as part of Brighton Festival, with support from Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Brighton and Hove City Council.
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