DIY 2020: Andy Field & Christopher Brett Bailey – Scaredy Cats

We are interested in the things that make us afraid and in the complex relationship that people have with fear. We intend to bring a group of artists together to create a performance whose only purpose is to be frightening.

This DIY is run in partnership with Tate Early Years and Families.

About the workshop

We are interested in exploring the particular kind of frightening encounter that only the practices of Live Art enable us to create, a discipline that explores more fully than perhaps any other that space of uncertainty between fiction and reality, between art and everyday life. To do so we will bring together a group of artists around a very simple and straightforward task – frightening an audience as much as possible – and use that task to consider in a very practical way a range of complex questions around fear, safety, care and control.

Most of us are currently living through an unprecedented moment of uncertainty, flux and, undoubtedly, fear. In times of real fear, people have often turned to art to frighten them, as a form of catharsis or even just as an escape. We are interested in how this project might serve as a way for artist and audiences to come together to exorcise some of the anxiety this strange new reality has created.

Also, scaring people is fun and being scared is also often fun, and we could all use a little fun right now.

Dates and location

The project will take place in London with the support of Tate Galleries. It will involve a group of artists working together in a room for one week to create the most frightening performance they can conceive. At the end of the week there will be a sharing for an invited audience.

The exact dates of the project will only be able to be decided in dialogue with Tate as their buildings reopen.

Due to this uncertainty we plan to recruit the participating artists prior to the dates of the project being confirmed and then, in dialogue with them and the Tate, find a time when we are all able to work together.

How to apply

To apply, follow this link and simply tell us, in any way you choose, what frightens you.

Video/audio applications are also accepted and should be sent via WeTransfer to [email protected]

About the artists

Christopher is a performer, theatre-maker, writer and musician. As a musician Bailey is ½ of ambient music duo Moon Ate the Dark, and leader of guitar-noise project THIS MACHINE WON’T KILL FASCISTS BUT IT MIGHT GET YOU LAID. Andy is a writer and artist who makes interactive and participatory projects for a diverse range of contexts and locations. A significant strand of his work involves collaborating with young people. Christopher believes watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre at age 9 was a huge influence on his practice, melding with whatever else was in his imagination at that age to forge the aesthetic that still guides him. Andy remains too scared to watch it.

For more information please contact: [email protected] and [email protected]

Part of DIY 2020: Call for Participants

Apply to participate in DIY 2020; workshops developed and lead BY artists, FOR artists

DIY 2020: Call for Participants

DIY

Apply to participate in DIY 2020; workshops developed and lead BY artists, FOR artists

Read more

DIY 2020 – Ben Walters: DIY Hope Machines with Doctor Duckie

DIY

Artistic practice as queer civics: a series of online encounters about making better worlds through lived experience, material support, fun, and mutation.

Read more

DIY 2020 – Charlie Ashwell: Restless Study

DIY

Restless Study will be a space for people to study which privileges restlessness and distraction over focus and concentration. We will generate, manipulate and circulate objects of study, including text, conversation, image, action, movement, and beyond. We will throw off the shackles of goal-oriented education to reclaim study as a vital, liberatory mode of being in dialogue with others!

Read more

DIY 2020 – Gillie Kleiman: Fat Performance

DIY

A six-week collectively-generated course on and in Fat Performance for fat people.

Read more

DIY 2020 – Lydia Heath: Public realm as playground: towards a toolkit for earthly survival

DIY

This DIY project uses performance informed by science fiction, magic, ritual and idiocy to explore how our relationship to the public realm has changed and will continue to change because of COVID-19.

Read more

DIY 2020 – Stacy Makishi: Live Art Social (distance) Club

Social life marooned like Tom Hanks in Castaway? Don’t befriend a volleyball, get social at Live Art Social (distance) Club!

Read more

DIY 2020: Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney – Doing, Undoing…and Doing Again

DIY

A 3-day remote retreat for six producers, curators and arts administrators who have had to undo their present and future work due to COVID-19. This DIY is run in partnership with ArtHouse Jersey

Read more

DIY 2020: Chris Bailkoski and Lizz Brady – Pins & Needles

DIY

Interested in using Live Art to create lo-fi short films exploring mental health and queer culture?

Read more

DIY 2020: Gordon Douglas – That’s Governance!

DIY

That’s Governance! invites participants to interrogate conditions of governance, and propose, through roleplay, a non-human candidate for Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW)’s Board of Trustees.

Read more

DIY 2020: José García Oliva – White Vinegar

DIY

White Vinegar Workshop revolves around the quote from leading New York artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles “After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?”.

Read more

DIY 2020: Leonie Rousham and Ishwari Bhalerao – Alternative Mapping of Time and Landscape

DIY

Leonie and Ishwari will be working to explore alternative processes of mapping time and landscape, moving away from ideas of linearity and colonial legacies of demarcation. Focussing on process rather than production, they will do this using plant-based darkroom printing, fermentation and chorus interventions.

Read more

DIY 2020: Louise Orwin – Brave New Worlds: Building the Live Art Community Discord Server

DIY

Make like teenagers and build the Discord fanfiction version of Live Art from your bedroom, under the mentorship of real-life Discord experts (teenagers).

Read more

DIY 2020: Nwando Ebizie – Lucid Kink

DIY

An intimate online pleasure LAB for disabled queers exploring Kink as an artistic tool for self-care.

Read more

DIY 2020: Rachel Gomme – Resourcing in the Ruins

DIY

A workshop for artists who lost projects in 2020, sharing what we have lost, learned and gained, creating mourning rituals and (re)discovering our individual and collective resources.

Read more

Also

DIY: 2020 – Call for Proposals

Professional development projects – BY artists FOR artists – across the UK.

Read more

DIY: 2018 – Liz Rosenfeld: (Un) Doing Cruising Practice(s)

DIY

Creating a space for women in queer cruising culture

Read more

DIY: 2016 – Jade Montserrat & Ria Hartley ‘The Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement’

DIY

celebrate social media’s power to transform cultural currency into empowerment

Read more

DIY: 2018 – Nwando Ebizie: Afro Diasporic Ritual as Afrofuturist Technology

DIY

Exploring neuro-mythology, Haitian Vodou dance, and atypical perception

Read more