[Thinking through and with the emotional edges of metal]
Rubby Sucky Forge takes the form of multiple atmospheres placed next to one another. A sort of circuit where a current is followed and tracked. Along the way things swell, and dissipate, and cross contaminate in transition.
The materials inhabiting these atmospheres are: metal bars, people, video collage, tank traps, printed fabric, sound, cigarette lighters, interaction, other invisible things like waves, imagination and drama.
I experience these materials in convergence, creating an ecology that prioritises feeling and transformation.
Changing the atmosphere of metal, melting textures of pain and indifference, sequences of conflict, intimately being with resentments and constructs. Thinking on a kind of psychedelic horror that can be caused from being in proximity to cold hardness (material or ideological), that anger or fear aren't bad things
The context for this work has become a mesh of the global pandemic and a painful transformative loss.
- Eve Stainton
Performed by Joseph Funnell, Gaby Agis and Eve Stainton
Sound by Beatrice Dillon (Workaround Three)
Costume by Sophie Donaldson
Digital collage elements and film by Eve Stainton
Producing team: Sara Sassanelli and Michael Kitchin
Co-commissioned by The Place and And What Queer Arts Festival
About Eve Stainton:
Eve Stainton is an artist inspired by the complexities of uncodeable, poetic queer encounters. This is expressed through practices of dancing and digital collage. Their movement worlds believe in imagination, texture and conflicting states, undoing essentialist thinking. Eve views their digital collage work as science fiction choreographies, where morphing the self, environment and atmosphere can create grounds for more expansive understandings of the lesbian identity, non-gender/variance, and perceptions of the ‘real’. Eve is committed to an on-going process of active anti-racism and personal accountability.
Since 2017 Eve has also been collaborating with artist Florence Peake, with their most recent work being commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2019. Other notable presentations include: Block Universe (UK), NottDance at Nottingham Contemporary (UK), Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre (UK), La Becque (CH), Sara Zanin Gallery (IT), My Wild Flag Festival (SE), Royal Academy of Art (UK), CCA Glasgow (UK), Tangente Theatre (CA), Siobhan Davies Studios (UK), London Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Crac Occitanie (FR), ELC at Tate Modern Star Cinema (UK). And featured in publications: Crack Magazine (UK), Dazed Beauty (UK), Orlando (UK), Twin Magazine (UK), ENTKUNSTUNG (DE), Art In America (US)
About Joseph Funnell:
Joseph Funnell is a dancer, visual artist, writer and activist who works across live performance and film. Their research based practice addresses the fetishisation of black and queer subjectivities within the history of image production, considering the emancipatory potential of performing agency within contexts of impossibility.They have presented solo work at: Steakhouse Live, Slow Sunday, 2020; Slap Festival 2020; The Albany, London, 2019; CLAY, Leeds, 2019; and Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, 2018. Joseph has performed for and collaborated with: Adham Faramawy (Tate Britain, London; Somerset House, London); Pan Daijing, (Tate Modern); Alex Baczynski- Jenkins (Kunsthalle Basel; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; mumok,Vienna; Museu Serralves, Porto; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam); and Ula Sickle (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw). Joseph is currently working on a collaborative project with Carlos Maria Romero at Cell Projects, London.
About Gaby Agis:
Gaby Agis has been making performances since 1983. She has created many site-specific works – for hospitals, train stations, museums, art galleries and theatres – collaborating with artists such as, Gavin Bryars, The Raincoats, David Sylvian and Atom Egoyan. Her collaborations with visual artists include: Kate Blacker (Riverside Studios Gallery, Whitechapel, Cornerhouse (Manchester), Modern Art Oxford); Bill Culbert (Riverside Studios Gallery, Modern Art Oxford); Cornelia Parker (Chisenhale Gallery); Isaac Julien (Victoria Miro, Bohen Foundation (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York)); Phyllida Barlow (St. Luke's); Charles Atlas (South London Gallery); Shelley Lasica (Maureen Paley Gallery); muf architects (Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome); Ana Da Silva (The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh); and Michael Winestock Collective (Architectural Association, South London Gallery). Most recently Gaby has reconstructed an early work - Close Streams - for Turner Contemporary.