Talbot Rice Gallery

Steven Anderson

May-June 2015

A Fortunate Space

To find the specific language of theatre, Antonin Artuad felt that theatre should look to the high drama of allegorical paintings such as the Sabbath paintings by Goya. Becoming and Fatality are the main properties identified by Artaud in these paintings that are key to the spiritual profundity and formal harmony he wanted in his theatre.

Artaud and Goya are key references in this project by Steven Anderson, where painting and performance are being developed inter-connectedly to find new ways of making images and moving around perceptions of mortality and the fragmented body. In reference to ideas from psychophysical performance and animism an aim of the project is to make new painting and performance through an embodied approach to performing with museum objects, paintings and the gallery space.

 

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Anatomy Lecture Theatre Performance Talk

In summary of a period of research with the art collections and anatomy departments at Edinburgh University, this presentation gave a overview of the process of developing ideas around the ways people move around precious objects; ancient artefacts and human specimens. In addition to spoken presenations, performance actions included a selection of anatomical posters being displayed by the anatomy collections curators, the shawn being played by Ruth Pollitt and 3 invitations to the audience; to paint thier nails with polish the colour of the meninges, and to smell an old motorbike helmet and a bar of carbolic soap.

 

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