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21 June 2012

Be Like Theatre round-up by Kate Martin

Competing with the sunshine and the imminent bank holiday weekend is no mean feat, but Thursday the 31st May presented another compelling talk. Drawing inspiration from Hetain Patel’s work ‘Be like Water’, Michael Pinchbeck’s ‘Be like Theatre’ discussed the relationships between performance, performer, artwork and artist. In a witty way the talk parodied a theatrical recital split into five composing acts (resourcefully named by myself!)

Act 1- ‘The outside eye’

Pinchbeck opened by reciting a letter written to his close friend Hetain Patel, which embraced sentiments of their friendship from past to present. The reading drew strong parallels between repetition, popular culture and domestic life in both Pinchbeck’s and Patel’s work. Symbolically, the letter became a narrator for the content to follow and introduced the artist being the artwork and audience simultaneously, juxtaposition Pinchbeck termed the ‘outside eye’.

Act 2 –‘Wing space- the bare aesthetics’

Pinchbeck explained how the artist as object had initiated a move away from the tools of production in dramaturgy; opening up the ‘weave of performance and the process of weaving’ or the ‘wing space’ an area not usually seen but reserved for the invisible processes. This paradigm was a true questioning of what art is and a strengthening of interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches. Artists began define the perimeters of their work through performance and as described by Pinchbeck these ‘happenings’ became real life ‘action paintings’. Naumen- Walking in an exaggerated manner


Act 3- ‘The artist becomes me’

Pinchbeck discussed how art became a lifestyle choice for many artists and their bodies became an instrument for their practice. As such, the artist could embody the art work through using their body as the canvas.  What was fascinating these developments was their ability to play with the power relations between binary opposites; composition vs decomposition, construction vs deconstruction, the self vs the other. Extreme examples of performative art incorporated self destruction, objectification and duration. A few of which can be sampled below if you desire! The second in particular may not be for the weak stomached!

PLEASE NOTE: These videos contain graphic images which some people may find disturbing. - Teching Hsieh- One Year Performance 1980-1981 - Martin Creed Work no. 503- Sick Video

Act 4- ‘Theatre and the Theatre Space’

This act focused more upon how the deconstructions of these traditional frameworks are being used within the theatre space. Artists, writers and directors are working collaboratively to produce experimental theatre drawing from aesthetics, choreography and performance. The narratives and the characters are a constructed showcasing the transition from non performer to performer. Indicative of the characters we can embody and the roles we assume. - Akrham Khan and Anthony Gormley- Zero Degrees Gob Squad- Kitchen (you never had it so good)

Act 5- ‘A Family Outing’

The final act by Pinchbeck focused on the roles of family and the domestic in the works of Kate Rowles ‘My Wonderland’ and Hetain Patel’s ‘To dance like your dad’. Michael drew on how these works become an exchange of stories; yours & mine to equal ours, which forms a ‘performative reality’.  - Kate Rowles- My wonderland - Hetain Patel- To dance like your dad

It is exciting to see how interdisciplinary approaches continue to feed into the art scene. The work of Hetain Pate and Akrham Khan often employs the tradition of culturally specific performance and expresses a dialogue through the body. The strong correlations between video and theatre, acting and portraying make for some compelling aesthetics, which have a vast capacity to engage multiple senses through the use of sound, image and movement.


If you thought the ideas covered in the ‘Be like Theatre’ talk were interesting don’t forget that the New Art Exchange hosts a number or performative workshops and events alongside its current exhibition programme...

YARD Youth Theatre-#FaceMe

Saturday 30 June, 7pm - 8pm

Admission: £5 (£3 concession)
Age Range: All are welcome

Also showing on
Thursday 12 July, 7:30pm
Contact Theatre, Manchester.

Please visit the website below for further information.

YARD Youth Theatre meet every Tuesday at 5 - 7pm (15yrs - 25 yrs) and Wednesday at 5 - 7pm(11yrs - 14 yrs) and are always looking for new members, so why not come along and give it a try its free! If you’re interested contact  or call 0115 924 8630      

15 June 2012

Hetain Patel:At Home exhibition
"Brilliant. Our baby loved it too."
- This 'Comment of the Page' was picked by NAE's media technician and Culture Cloud pioneer, Ravi Abbott. Kids know what they like- what a compliment for the At Home exhibition! 
For every page of the comment book in the NAE gallery we're picking the best comment and publishing it on the blog... will your comment be **COMMENT OF THE PAGE**?

14 June 2012

Steve & Ben

The lads aka Steve & Ben in the cafe... (check out their flashy shopping bag!)

Ben is sad because you're not here to enjoy the lovely food we have on offer! I'm personally addicted to the Nimboo drink...

**Come to our Launch tomorrow and treat yourself to our special Haitian Canapes!**

11 June 2012

We're all really excited about...

Friday 15 June, 7.30pm - 10pm

Leah Gordon: Kanaval **Launch**

Vodou, Politics and revolution on the streets of Haiti

Leah Gordon’s practice explores the representational boundaries between art, religion, anthropology, colonialism and folk history. The photographs in this exhibition document the pre-Lenten Mardi Gras festivities in Jacmel, a coastal town in Southern Haiti. Her photographs register Haiti’s juncture between its history, its cosmology and the present.

Admission: FREE
Age range: All are welcome

08 June 2012

Hetain Patel:At Home exhibition
"Refreshing! So different thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the henna body journaling!"

- This 'Comment of the Page' was picked by NAE's marketing intern Jaz, who will be staying with us a little longer before finishing her third year! Yay!
For every page of the comment book in the NAE gallery we're picking the best comment and publishing it on the blog... will your comment be **COMMENT OF THE PAGE**?

06 June 2012

Voting on Culture Cloud has officially started... So you can get voting for the artworks you like the most! Your votes count, as the artworks with the most votes will be part of the Culture Cloud exhibition at the NAE!

click for >> CULTURE CLOUD

NAE Running Club!

... they got their running shorts on and just like that, the running club was born!

lap 1 = 6min 39
lap 2 = 6min 26
lap 3 = 6min 03 seconds!

Que eye of the tiger music! Do, Do Do Do, Do Do Do, Do Do Dooooo

01 June 2012

Hetain Patel:At Home exhibition
'Fantastic, entertaining and thought-provoking'
- This 'Comment of the Page' was picked by NAE's new cafe assistant but long term member of YARD theatre group, Kyle Futers and was left on the 28 April!
For every page of the comment book in the NAE gallery we're picking the best comment and publishing it on the blog... will your comment be **COMMENT OF THE PAGE**?


New Art Exchange had a brilliant day on Superhero Saturday! Check out the photos of the staff and EVS ladies joining in on the day!

A visitng mum says:

"The day was great, the staff were brilliant and everyone was dressed up! Loved the goody bags, and the vibe was excellent. The kids couldn't have had a better day!!'
The day was packed with workshops, photo shoots, film screenings, food and goodies and a special colour changing drink! You could say the whole day was 'Super!'

The next family friendly workshop is on Saturday 16 June, 4pm - 5pm ...
Indian dance-theatre and storytelling workshop with Shane Shambhu

 In this session, especially designed for young people to learn with their parent/guardian, participants will connect with Indian dance and experience using the human body as a tool for communication. Using Indian dance and theatre techniques, participants will delve into Indian mythological stories and experiment with the use of their own bodies to tell stories through mime.

Admission: £5 per dance couple
Age Range: Suitable for young people aged 11 plus with an adult dance partner.
All abilities welcome.