Thu 11 Feb 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Schools & Colleges £5 | Age 14+
Yara El-Sherbini’s practice straddles live art, video and installation, using recognizable formats within contemporary popular culture to playfully explore art and life.
Inspired by the popular BBC programme, Universality Challenge is a game show played out in front of a ‘live’ audience that playfully examines knowledge and universal experiences. Join the host; artist Yara El-Sherbini and two local teams drawn from local participants and students, as they battle it out by answering entertaining questions on art and life, such as ‘Does the film Free Willy explore Free Will?’, and ‘Gill-Scott Heron said “The Revolution will not be televised”, spell Panasonic’ to determine who will be crowned ‘Winners of Universality Challenge 2010’. Universality Challenge will be filmed for a video installation at New Art Exchange, Nottingham in 2011.
Universality Challenge was commissioned by Chelsea Theatre for SACRED 2008, and is touring with support from Arts Council England. Universality Challenge is managed by Artsadmin.
Way Out West, the Sea Whispered Me
Thu 4 Mar 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Schools & Colleges £5 | Age 16+
An internal adventure of miniscule proportions. Way Out West, the Sea Whispered Me asks why is it people are drawn to the Sea? Through British Edwardian sea-side resorts, surrounding work towns, disappeared locations and the 1930’s era of dust bowl Kansas, Cupola Bobber explore how the Sea functions as a dwarfing muse of existential contemplation, a place of leisure, and as a heartless destroyer.
Working slowly out of their studio on the west side of Chicago Cupola Bobber, a collaboration between Stephen Fiehn and Tyler Myers, create work that mixes basic materials with homespun engineering, bumbling wit, and a desire to make delicate work that surprises viewers with its detail, humour, and care.
“This pair of Chicago-based 30-year-olds can lay claim to a special talent for alternative performance-making of disarmingly odd, cosmic charm.“ The Times.