One Night Stand: Performances

Paul H Clarke, Performance Re-enactment Society (PRS)

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Performance Re-enactment Society punctuate the evening’s proceedings with three acts. In these interludes, with your participation, they carry out original versions of instruction works and enactments inspired by other artists. Act 1 is a new interpretation of 'Unfurl' by Alison Knowles, published in 'More' (1979). Act 2 is a montage of Yoko Ono's instructions for paintings, 1961 - 2, published in 'Grapefruit' (1964). Act 3 is a version of Sophie Calle's 'The Chromatic Diet' (1997), which was itself a version of a work by the fictional artist Maria Turner, from Paul Auster's novel 'Leviathan' (1992). Calle attempted to become Auster's heroine, who was based on her; tonight, through eating, you can attempt to become Calle and Turner.

These instruction-based works were previously carried out by the PRS and gallery visitors to Arnolfini's 'The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a Journey' (2009). They have been re-written and remade for the context of 'One Night Stand' at Spike Island.

Performance Re-enactment Society is an occasional collective of artists, archivists and researchers who use documents and memories to revive past art experiences and create them anew. Their collaborative performance re-enactments are acts of conservation and transform past works into new events. In its current constellation, PRS are Paul Clarke, Clare Thornton and Tom Marshman. PRS have previously performed and curated projects for 'The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow', Plymouth Arts Centre, Norwich Arts Centre, Art Athina, Athens, Arnolfini, South London Gallery, Walsall Art Gallery and Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery. Most recently, PRS was commissioned to produce 'Group Show', an intangible exhibition, curated from Arnolfini's archive and displayed through performance, which was shown in the galleries during the 'Performing Documents: Remake' programme at Arnolfini, September 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSpike Island
PublisherSpike Island
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2012


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