What forces sustain collaboration?
How are particpants formed by the process?
Responding to current social and economic divisions, Coop make collaboration their process and subject. Coop’s commitment to seeing through disagreements forms the collective. Seeking to think and make together, without destroying one another’s contributions, Coop’s exchanges, from supportive to highly challenging, frame difference as a dynamic force in communicating complex ideas.
“UpSet” is a 30 minute performance, in which Coop construct, use, and break up a temporary performance structure. Images referring to a travelling circus, with its communal risks, indicate their physical and emotional dependence upon one another. Projecting sound and shadowy gesture, with images of divested control, onto drawing and live action, Coop create a precariously living structure which we also bring to its end.
Each performance, the cycle of construction and dissolution develops differently, raising attendant thoughts and feelings about creativity, beginnings, and endings.
Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance, there will be drawings, other works (including digital video), and time to meet the artists, for context. After each performance, there will be 30 minutes where participants can take refreshments and discuss any thoughts arising both with the artists and with one another.
The schedule for each day is as follows:
Thursday 17 October: Doors open 6pm, Performance 6:30-7pm, and Open Discussion 7-8pm.
Daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (18-20 October):
12:00-1:30pm (Doors open 12:00, performance of “Upset” 12:30-1:00, discussion and refreshments 1:00-1:30)
2:30-4:00pm ( Doors open 2:30, performance of “UpSet” 3:00-3:30, discussion and refreshments 3:30-4:00)
4:30 -6:00pm ( Doors open 4:30, performance of “UpSet” 5:00-5:30, discussion and refreshments 5:30-6:00)
Andrew James, Clio Lloyd-Jacob
Stradbroke Road, London N5 2PZ, UK