THREE PERFORMATIVE STRUCTURES FOR SLOPES


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THREE PERFORMATIVE STRUCTURES FOR SLOPES

HELEN GROGAN

SUNDAY 27 APRIL 1:00 – 2:45pm

An informal afternoon of performative situations by Helen Grogan in three parts, developed for Helen Hughes and Joel Stern’s performance program at Slopes.

PART 1:
UNTITLED (enactment of performative structures and thought actions selected from accumulative catalogue of studio activities 2001-2014).
Performed by Helen Grogan and friends (including Geoff Robinson and Matthew Day).
The artist and friends enact a series of actions/performative structures, accompanied by a printed itinerary. These activities have been selected from an informal bank of action-based thought experiments, accumulated within the artist’s working process since the early 2000s. Referred to by the artist as ‘units’ of ‘the catalogue of studio activities’, they have directly and indirectly informed artworks, but are not considered artworks themselves. The ‘units’ are simply studio exercises for an art practice concerned with space, occurrence, observation and embodiment – like scales for a student of piano, or painting a fence for a kid learning karate.

PART 2: STRUCTURE(S) FOR THINGS ALREADY HAPPENING #2 (SLOPES, 2014).
A short performance by the room and various materials, during which everyone drinks a beer or two and does whatever.

PART 3:
THIS SITUATION WITH METHOD FOR THIS SITUATION (SLOPES, 2014) by Helen Grogan (with Geoff Robinson)
Performed by Helen Grogan and Geoff Robinson
This work has been developed from recent studio sessions, performances and discussions by Helen Grogan and Geoff Robinson. The work is made specifically for the SLOPES site, applying strategies for activating concrete space and materials, with performance considered a method of describing decisions.