Strike

Dale, Nicola (2021) Strike. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

‘Strike’ is a 60 minute screen performance in which the artist strikes and holds 12 poses in response to the 12 positions of the clock’s hour hand (5 minutes per pose). Research process: The performance responded to Begehungen Festival’s 2021 theme, ‘Leerzeit’ (idle time). The artist manifested the pressure of time as a physical effect on the body. Each pose presented its own physical challenge – the film records both successes and failures and as such is a record of physical research in progress. Research insights: The work used performance as a way of thinking about sculpture - emphasising the relationship between time, form and change. In doing so, it also sought to highlight ‘failure’ as subject matter worthy of recording and dissemination. Dissemination: The work was screened at Begehungen Festival, Germany and Islington Mill, Salford, UK (12-15 August), each of which included public tours, printed leaflets and a catalogue. The work was reviewed by Mike Pinnington in ‘The Double Negative’.

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