Shed*Light

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Performance
Citation:
2005
Issue Date:
2005-01
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Shed*Light at ARCO International Art Fair Madrid 2005 combined selected material from 'Replica' and 'Remnants' following their Cardiff exhibition (2004) along with a live solo performance by Marc Rees entitled Normal Behaviour. The new element of the live presence enhanced the performative nature of the architectural construction as a space of social interaction and desire. The performance took place in, on and around the existing Shed*Light structures and also incorporated the fuselage of a DC9 aeroplane located in the main plaza of ARCO 05. The DC9 had been through a dramatic renovation process and, under the name 'Avión', had been transformed into a mobile art space. The physical disfigurement and spatial displacement of the wingless jet in the main plaza created new opportunities for the presentation of art works. The newly constructed glass and steel frame floor enabled viewing of what was previously the baggage hold and became the site for large format photographs and two video film works. The elongated spatial cylinder of the interior lent itself to an audio presence, an interview with a man describing his physical and perceptual experiences of a spatial environment and atmosphere (a public amenity) where consensual sex was negotiated. Inside the DC9 aircraft, this brought a completely different and 'other' spatial awareness. These spatial displacements and replacements were further heightened with the site-specific solo performance that began outside in the plaza and moved inside where the performer's nude body and the clothed spectators shared the same space of vulnerability. Co-artistic director and dramaturge, Shed*Light at ARCO Art Fair Madrid in 2005 was financed by The Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International, Design Commission for Wales, Wales Trade international and British Council.
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