22 Mar 2017

Preview: ReROOTed

We’ve rounded up some of the performances and panels you won’t want to miss at this weekend’s ReROOTed festival.

Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Come along to the Humber Street Gallery to get stuck into a weekend packed with performance, installation, discussion and (most of all) mayhem.

Celebrating the legacy of Hull Time Based Arts and 10 years of the ROOT festival, ReROOTed brings 25 international specialists in live and media art to Hull for a weekend to remember. The festival is completely free, taking place throughout the gallery and spilling over into the surrounding shop units, galleries and streets.

As the centre-point to the festival, Humber Street Gallery is packed to the rafters with things to do and see. Canadian artist Alexandre Burton’s electrifying Tesla coil installation will take over Gallery One throughout the festival, whilst in Gallery Three you can immerse yourself in the ReROOTed Group Exhibition and Hull Time Based Arts archive. Gallery Two acts as the festival’s very own live art space from 24-25 March, featuring renowned performance artists from around the world.

Not sure where to start with live and performance art? Here’s your chance.

LINEAGES: THE LEGACY OF LIVE AND MEDIA ART IN HULL

24 March, Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Two), 12.30pm
What was the legacy of Hull Time Based Arts (and its ethos of risk-taking and experimentation) on the live and media art world? Bringing together key influencers from the scene in the 1980s and 1990s, this panel talk hopes to shed some light on this all-important question.

Curated by Helen Kaplinsky, pannelists include Rob Gawthrop, Lois Keidan, Anne Bean, Rob La Frenais, Ronald Fraser-Munroe and Fran Cottell.

LET’S GO! FILIPPOS TSITSOPOULOS

24 March, Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Three), 8pm
Using fruit and vegetables to invent an imaginary reality between himself and the Fruit Market, performance artist Filippos Tsitsopoulos questions what would happen if objects could talk.

Can’t make this performance? Tsitsopoulos will perform once more in Hull’s “Oss Wash”, as it’s affectionately known, from 5.15pm on 25 March.

INITIATE ACTIVATE GENERATE

25 March, Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Two), 12pm
Artists possess the power to challenge and disrupt the status quo, but are they using it to their full advantage to evoke positive change in the world we live in?

Representatives from Studio Eleven, Live Art Bistro, Assemble Fest, Yorkshire Visual Arts Network and Steakhouse Live join ReROOTed curator and performance artist Gillian Dyson to reflect on their experiences in this one-off panel talk.

LAIR RAIL: ALISTAIR MACLENNAN

25 March, ReROOTed Shop Unit (Unit 6, Humber Street), 1.30pm
See leading installation and performance artist Alistair MacLennan in action in this brand new, durational performance for ReROOTed.

Known for his performance pieces that can last up to 144 hours, MacLennan uses found materials to react to the political, social and cultural issues facing us in 2017.

POST REALITY – LAWS OF SIMILARITY AND CONTAGION: ANNE BEAN

25 March, Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Three), 3.30pm
Respected artist Anne Bean returns to Hull for ReROOTed, having taken part in the first ever Hull Time Based Arts public exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery in 1984 with the Bow Gamelan Ensemble. This time, Bean will tap into the principles of Sympathetic Magic to conjure up fragments of her 45-year art practice.

This performance will form part of the launch of Performance Magazine Online, a digital archive of the live and media art scene documented between 1979 and 1992.

You can attend the launch itself from 2.30pm in Gallery Two of Humber Street Gallery, which will feature a film screening by Hugo Glendinning and a discussion about the magazine’s legacy.

ROOTED OUT: ROB GAWTHROP AND JO MILLET

25 March, Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Two), 4.30pm
Hull Time Based Arts founding members Gawthrop and Millet re-purpose the early footage of film pioneer George Albert Smith, overlapping them and experimenting with a live soundtrack to explore the consequences of our recent vote to leave the EU.

Whether you’re for or against Brexit, this one’s a must-see.

WHEN ALL OF YOUR WISHES ARE GRANTED MANY OF YOUR DREAMS WILL BE DESTROYED: FK ALEXANDER

25 March, Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Two), 6pm
She’s known in some circles as “Scotland’s premier destructivist” so we’re expecting something special from performance artist FK Alexander this weekend.

Using VHS, frequency, strobe, hammers and brutal force, FK Alexander will explore the decline of western civilisation, reuniting us with our animal ways and survival instincts.

HIVE SYNTHESIS: BIONI SAMP

25 March, Humber Street Gallery, 9pm
How would the world cope without honey, pollen and beeswax? Bioni Samp aims to raise awareness of the fragility of the bee population in this unique audio journey inspired by bee frequencies and featuring bee colony recordings and homemade bee frequency instruments.

Hive Synthesis will be followed by a Bioni Samp DJ set, so stick around and put on your dancing shoes.

ReROOTed takes place from 24 to 26 March and is presented in collaboration with Hull Time Based Arts and FACT.

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