Live Performance: Untitled Seven Emma Hart & Benedict Drew
Apr 03, 2010 - Apr 03, 2010

Live Performance co-presented wth Pleasure Dome

April 3, 2009, 7 – 8 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 General | $8.00 Students, Seniors and Pleasure Dome Members
MOCCA Members Free

Benedict Drew and Emma Hart’s exhibition Untitled Seven represents an expansion of the ideas in the previous iterations of this project, existing for this presentation in Toronto both as a gallery-based exhibition (see p. 76) and this singular performance event. Having worked collaboratively over the past five years, Drew and Hart’s Untitled series of works explores and destabilizes moving images, sound and performance.

For the live performance of Untitled Seven, viewers will be confronted with an installation of audio-visual equipment re-purposed to play musical instruments. This mechanical orchestra includes a stack of DVD players striking the keys of a keyboard, a film projector beating on a snare drum, and a moving disco light strumming a guitar. The live performance is documented by small concealed spycams and projected live as a single channel video, but the cameras are at the mercy of instruments played by the live performers. As Drew and Hart create sound, they also affect the cameras’ relay and playback.

The installation and performance elements are almost in structural opposition. The performance is the documentation of the installation, yet rather than being invisible or restrained, it is noisy, chaotic and haphazard. The mechanics of documentation are left exposed and fed back into the installation as a new layer. The resulting video, recorded during the performance, will be edited and displayed for the duration of the exhibition. For the performance of Untitled Seven, the mechanics of documentation are pitched against liveness.

Benedict Drew is an artist who works in performance, sound and video. Drew has a long history of engaging in collaborative projects with artists such as Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M, the trio Portable, and with various improvisers including Tom Chant (as duo Suscet), Angharad Davies, Lee Patterson, Steve Beresford, Seymour Wright, Rhodri Davies, Mark Wastell and Matt Davis. Drew has also composed the soundtracks for five films by Emily Richardson. A CD of these soundtracks was released in September 2004.

Based in London, Emma Hart exhibits videos and installations and performs internationally, frequently collaborating with other artists. Her work has been presented at institutions including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Camden Arts Centre, the ICA, Battersea Arts Centre, Dundee Contemporary Art Centre, Cell Project Space, and recently at Performa 2009 in New York.