A long durational perfomance
Maleki House, London
May 24, 2018
Curated by Anna Shpilko, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich
Artists: Madeleine Virginia Brown (UK), Eliose Fornieles (UK) , Alexander G. Lyle IV (US), Marie-Luce Nadal (Fr), Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich (RUS/BR) in collaboration with Arto Lindsay (US/BR) and Playtronica (RUS)
Hours performed: 5
Images by Undra Byambe, Alexander Pas
An idea of possessing art is in theory equally good for an art collector as it is bad for an artist. Artist no longer decides on where his/her work goes, how is it going to be displayed and in which context. The artwork's slavery starts at the very moment of a contract - a work is no longer in artist's authority and since then becomes fragile and might transmit any potential wrong intention. Live art is even more vulnerable this way as a work of performance art is something requiring an immediate response and at times a multilateral interaction. That said, work of performance art possessed by a collector is a hidden threat.
A small one-day group show of performance art is exactly this - a trial for collectors and artists trying to see where is basically the border between watching and owning, enjoying and enslaving, and who suffers worst out of it all.
Five London based young to mid-generation live artists will occupy a collector’s home in Central London for a gala event Performance Pets. For five long hours, they continue performing their live works exposed to the invited guests browsing around the house and seeing both bodily presented live artists and their small-scale works available for acquisition.