Bodies of Memory

BODIES OF MEMORY directed by Fiona Templeton

at Tate Britain, October 5, 2012

  At Late at Tate on October 5th 2012, artists’ group New Work Network presents Acts of Legacy, a series of performances, films and debates exploring the influence and memory of experimental and ephemeral art practices from the late 60s to the present day. Hosted by Richard Layzell and Hunt & Darton, the evening includes work by Fiona Templeton, Jordan McKenzie, Aaron Williamson, Barby Asante, Ellie Harrison and The Saturday Arts Club.  The evening runs from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.       
 Performance burns up in its very performing, and is gone. Chronicles of performance may reflect only the periods of its fashionability.  But in our memories it is burned in and can be brought to new life.  For Fiona Templeton’s Bodies of Memory, Tate Britain will be inhabited by a collective memory of many past performances, performed and spoken in passing fragments, rising and disappearing like memory itself. Participants include performers, artists, writers, curators, and people who have watched something being done.  Currently to include:Heather Ackroyd, Gina Birch, David Gale, Helena Goldwater, Dave Goulding, Anthony Howell, Yoko Ishiguro, Glenys Johnson, Lois Keidan, Joe Kelleher, Kristen Kreider, Paulina Lara, Claire MacDonald, Angeliki Margeti, Brigid McLeer, Kate Meynell, Hannah Millest, Lucy Neal, Redell Olsen, Miranda Payne, Lorena Peña, Donna Rutherford, Graeme Shaw, Steve Slater, Gary Stevens, Minna Stevens, Peter Stickland, Fiona Templeton, Howard Tong, Amikam Toren, Caroline Wilkinson, Simon Vincenzi, Sylvia Ziranek .  Fiona Templeton works in the relationship between performance and audience; language as a material; and space as both the large-scale and the intimate. She was a founding member of The Theatre of Mistakes in the 70s, and is director of the New York-London performance group The Relationship.

New Work Network has coordinated the evening, growing out of a series of 5 short films made in conjunction with Artquest, of dialogues between artists of different generations, including Fiona Templeton in conversation with Yoko Ishiguro.  The films will be shown during the evening.Late at Tate is a series of open evenings of events on the first Friday of each month, at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG.  Entry is free. There will be a pay bar, and visitors may also see current exhibitions including the Turner Prize and the Pre-Raphaelites.  Note that the main entrance is closed for renovation and access is through The Manton entrance on Atterbury Street.