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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
A list of the artist development workshops being run as part of DIY 2020.
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