17.05.2014 — 31.05.2014
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.
17 | 24 | 31 May, 2-4 pm