"At Start the Bus Project Bristol 21st March 2013. Artists, Kim Fordwoh, Kallan Archer, Roseanna Green. Laura Elms, Eloise Dunwell, Lisa Friedberg, Soon Leong Chong, Marcus ✯ Jake"
"Meet My Representative" was a group show held at the art space above Start the Bus in Bristol. (2013) The artists featured were: Kim Fordwoh, Kallan Archer, Roseanna Green, Laura Elms, Lisa Friedberg, Soon Leong Chong, Marcus ✯ Jake and myself.
Laura Elms and I performed a piece that was centred around autonomy of the body. Dressed as mannequins, we introduced ourselves with a short performative dance, taking turns to place and remove a mask from each other. The person wearing the mask was still, and able to be manipulated. eventually we both donned masks and became still. The crowd was then open to contort and control us at whim. It reminded me a little of Marina Abromovic's performance piece, "Rythm 0". I remember at one point someone placing my hands held upright in front of me in order to roll a cigarette for themselves, using my hands as a sort of table.
The best part about that evening was a clever trick in our marketing where we named our collective "Compulsory Attendance" with a knockoff imitation of the UWE logo, meaning some 200 art students felt obligated to come to the show!