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The Varieties Show

Harold Offeh, High Bar, 2015

Saturday 28 March 2015

Special event
Performances by: Mark Bleakley, Mexico, Harold Offeh, Florence Peake, plus a gymnast from City of Preston Gymnastics Club

Speakers: Adam Sutherland (Grizedale Arts), Gavin Wade (Eastside Projects), Harold Offeh, Clarissa Corfe
 
Featuring performances from artists in The Varieties exhibition alongside presentations by two of the UK’s leading curators:
Gavin Wade, Director at Eastside Projects Birmingham, and
Adam Sutherland, Director at Grizedale Arts, plus
Harold Offeh and Clarissa Corfe, curators of The Varieties exhibition.


1pm TALK
Clarissa Corfe
The Varieties exhibition. 2nd Floor
Programme introduction
 
1.10pm PERFORMANCE
Florence Peake, Swell the Thickening Surface Of
with Harold Offeh
Starting in The Varieties exhibition and moving around the museum

Florence Peake will perform an adaptation of her work Swell the Thickening Surface Of with Harold Offeh drawing on aspects of his practice. The performance takes the singular action of shaking to see how far the meaning and reading of one gesture can be stretched. Moving on a circuit through the museum, Peake and Offeh explore how this action shifts their own perception, energy and state of being. Swell the thickening surface of was first developed at TINTYPE and David Roberts Art Foundation.
Florence Peake is an Artsadmin Associate Artist.
 
1.40pm PERFORMANCE
High Bar Gymnasts
Museum Café

Gymnasts from the City of Preston Gymnastics Club will perform the high bar in the museum’s atrium café. The gymnasts are training for the Women’s Artistic and Petit Elite Programme. Preston will be hosting an international friendly in May 2015.
 
2pm TALK
Gavin Wade
The Varieties exhibition, 2nd Floor

Wade will present a collection of thoughts drawing on previous projects including The 5 Acts of Art and
Spectator T.

He is an artist, one of the UK’s leading curators and Director of Eastside Projects. In 2010 he received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award for exceptional cultural entrepreneurs. Eastside Projects (EP) is an exhibition space with many differences. It is a free, public space that is being imagined and organised by artists. EP commission and present experimental contemporary art exhibitions, and propose ways in which art may be useful to society.
 
2.40pm PERFORMANCE
Mexico
2nd Floor Balcony

Mexico will host the interlude for the afternoon. Interested in the role of ephemera, merchandise and social media and the way it engages the original experience, Mexico will offer a range of bespoke refreshments. The work uses 3 texts as a starting point, Do Novelty Products Reveal the Future of Design? by Sam Jacob (Art Review 2014); Music - Immateriality – Value, by Diedrich Diederichsen (2010 translation by James Gusson) and Revenue Stream: Is Spotify the Music Industry’s Friend or its Foe? by John Seabrook (2014 The New Yorker).
 
3.20pm PERFORMANCE
Harold Offeh, Serpentine Performance
Front of the museum. View from Market Square

Harold Offeh will perform a serpentine dance on the neo classical balcony outside the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. The dance is a homage to the nearly forgotten late 19th century variety dance performance documented by filmmakers such as the Lumiere brothers. It was usually performed by a female dancer spinning in a flowing dress that created a spectacle of shape and colour. Offeh’s presentation will cover some contextual materials and the process of making the works for The Varieties.
 
3.40pm PERFORMANCE
High Bar Gymnasts
Museum Café

Gymnasts from the City of Preston Gymnastics Club will perform the high bar in the museum’s atrium café. The gymnasts are training for the Women’s Artistic and Petit Elite Programme. Preston will be hosting an international friendly in May 2015.
 
3:55pm TALK
Adam Sutherland, A View From the Minotaur
The Varieties exhibition. 2nd Floor

Adam Sutherland will discuss parables from the Grizedale programme, trying to remember why, when where and what. He is the Director at Grizedale Arts. He was previously Director at art.tm, a visual arts organisation in rural Scotland. He leads Grizedale Arts organisation’s core development – curating off-site projects, writing and pig farming. Current priorities include the development of a collection of British craft and design for Lawson Park refurbishment.
 
4.40pm PERFORMANCE
Mark Bleakley, Three Movements of Funny
The Varieties exhibition. 2nd Floor

Mark Bleakey will perform Three Movements of Funny in which he re-enacts and breaks down actions and gestures of stand-up comedians. Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen and Richard Pryor’s habitual actions are repeated, exhausted and reframed. The archetypal setup of the mic stand is used as a break, and in various versions banal actions such as eating a Creme Egg or text is read aloud.
 
5pm TALK                                                                                             
Harold Offeh
The Varieties exhibition. 2nd Floor
Offeh’s presentation will cover some contextual materials and the process of making the works for The Varieties.
 
5.20pm TALK
Panel discussion
The Varieties exhibition. 2nd Floor

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