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Chewing Gum For the Social Body, Tate Modern, 2012, courtesy of the artist

Chewing Gum For the Social Body, Tate Modern, 2012, courtesy of the artist

Chewing Gum For the Social Body, Tate Modern, 2012, courtesy of the artist

'Mental Effort Before Action. Image courtesy of the artist.

'Mental Effort Before Action. Image courtesy of the artist.

'Mental Effort Before Action. Image courtesy of the artist.

Patrick Staff: Mental Effort Before Action: 1-5a-5b

Wed 24 Jul 2013, 7pm, £5/£3 conc, Clore Studio

Overview

Continuing the concerns of his collaborative work with Olivia Plender in The Mental Furniture Industry - an exhibition of historical and contemporary radical pedagogies at Flat Time House - Patrick Staff presented an experimental dance work exploring the intersections of play and performance, learning and re-enactment. The video installation, entitled What I You See Know, by Patrick Staff and Olivia Plender in The Mental Furniture Industry explored the process of learning with educational objects and tools through workshops with dancers, students and children.

Patrick Staff's solo presentation at the South London Gallery extended this theme through an experiment in re-performing a dance score written in the dance notation system Labanotation developed by Rudolf Laban. The score was rehearsed and performed by a group of dancers with varying levels of knowledge of Labanotation, exploring a process of group learning while negotiating between the authority of the original and its reconstitution. Presented as a public experiment, or a form of open rehearsal, the performance seeked to inquire into the slippages that occur when attempting to activate, restore or re-enact historic materials.

Download Patrick Staff: Mental Effort Before Action: 1-5a-5b programme notes here

Patrick Staff (b. 1987) is an artist based in London who works with video, installation, performance and publishing. He frequently collaborates with other artists, dancers, historians and public participants. He was a Lux Associate Artist from 2010-11.

Presented by Flat Time House in collaboration with the South London Gallery. 

Booking is essential. Book online or call 020 7703 6120. 


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