Performing Matter ShareThis 17.05.2014 — 31.05.2014 Modern Art Oxford

John Reardon, Goldsmith’s College, presents Performing Matter, part of an ongoing research project into skills and practical knowledge that are slipping away from society:

‘’We obsess about productivity; yet we tend to overlook and discard people as ‘no-longer-productive’ or useless because the skills they have – sometimes honed over a lifetime of training, use and care – are not seen as worthwhile, cost-effective, or contemporary enough anymore.  Often these skills of making and making-do were once vital to livelihoods, communities and even industry, but have either fallen from favor, been overtaken by new technologies and cultures of disposability, or just found themselves relegated to the realm of ‘hobbies’.’’

For Test Run Reardon presents a series of performances by contortionists, reflecting on the physical these skills have upon the body and also their increasingly incongruous status in society, alongside documentation of previous projects and related research materials.

Contortionist Performances:
17 | 24 | 31 May, 2-4 pm



About Andreia Sofia Paixao

I’m an architect but at the moment I’m doing a PhD in the “Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories” at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). I have worked teaching children in a primary school, in performance studies and as a production assistant in dance and events on ecological themes. PhD Researcher _ Architecture / Contemporary Dance / Permaculture My research is situated at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, public art and urban development.

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