Now That's An Idea
An evolving installation for HowTheLightGetsIn philosophy and music festival.
Festival attendees are invited
to anonymously donate a text articulating
an idea that inspires their beliefs. All donations received will
be displayed in an installation over the final weekend (1 & 2 June), reflecting the
centrality of the exchange of ideas to the
festival. On the Sunday, this will cuminate in festival attendees being invited to choose a text to take
home and the contributor's identity being revealed.
During the festival, from 23 May to 2 June, festival attendees can make donations at the Now That's An Idea! bureau in the Stage Tent.
Advance donations by 16 May to email@example.com or post to
IaI, 375 City Road,
London, EC1V 1NB
Commissioned by The Institute of Art and Ideas, in association with The SHM Foundation
022 “The quieter you become the more you can hear” quotation from Ram Dass donated by Charlie Pulford, Now That’s an Idea, National Review Of Live Art 2006,
An installation of photographs exploring how
personal moments help define public space, and made especially for Jubilee Square, Brighton.
Jubilee Library, Friday 11th January, 6.00pm
"We all play our part in the street life of Brighton, quietly-significant events initiated by us, and staged
at a particular time and place. It’s an everyday city
that coexists with its public image - the pavilion, the pier and a reputation for the eccentric - where the streets are animated by the actions of the people
who live, work and play here.
10 Acts began with a call for public participation, where locals talked with FrenchMottershead about
the range of ways they animate the public spaces around the North Laine neighbourhood. The square where a child chases seagulls away from his lunch, the bench used for early morning meditation, the
busy street used to escape unwanted attention; it’s
the nuances of these mini-dramas that are key to this art project. From the initial conversations, ten individuals were invited to work with the artists to construct a photograph that would feature them and portray the moment where their private lives and the public stage of the street temporarily merge."
Jubilee Square, Brighton
11 January - 10 March 2013
Commissioned by The Basement
|Wondering (detail), from the series 10 Acts
© FrenchMottershead 2013, photo: FrenchMottershead & Richard Rowland
Video documentation of four Performed Walks published on DVD by Tate Modern, 2012.
Walkways worked with four citizens of the London Borough of Southwark, each of whom showed varying degrees of control or conscious resistance, amidst the changing urban and socio-economic environments of their lives. After following participants on their normal walks, FrenchMottershead explored different ways in which they could intervene into these everyday acts and reframe them into a performance, which posed questions about where these people wanted to go and how they wanted to get there.
These walks were screened at Tate Modern and include:
Dot’s Path - a local housing rights activist invited the public to join her on a walkabout of her housing estate, volunteering her view on the politics of repairs, community life and how things have changed with time.
Sean’s Commute –For a week Sean walked to work wearing amplified shoes and harnessed the power generated by each step to recharge his emotional bank account. His performance intervened into the path of his fellow commuters.
Melisha’s Pilgrimage - taking four steps forward and three back, a young mother who wants to better provide for her daughter, walked across London from her home to Kings College Hospital, where she hopes to study as a midwife.
Reg's Calling - a life-long customer of East Street Market, Reg has witnessed its decline. During the clean-up after a day’s trade, he wanders down the street performing the gimmicks of the sellers that have long populated the market.
Contact FrenchMottershead for more info.
A Tate Modern collaborative commission.
Commissioned for Up To Nature, an unplugged performance festival in the green spaces outside of Vienna, Bristol, Oslo and Kuopio.
In each place, we are offered three site-specific, interactive events made in collaboration with local experts, all with a different connection to nature. The experts led the audience through an experience that actively explores their relationship to the natural world around them.
To read workshop outlines, expert profiles and see documentation visit: Understory 1-12
Produced by brut Wien / In Between Time / Black Box / ANTI