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St James Church

Clerkenwell Close

Clerkenwell

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Join us in one of the original locations of EDGE 88 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this seminal performance art festival.

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Walking tour departs 5.30pm

Event starts 7pm

Thirty years after EDGE 88, Helena Goldwater and Rob La Frenais (former editor of Performance Magazine and Director of EDGE 88), in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), are revisiting this and other 1980s performance art events in Edge of an Era, a series of activities connecting influential artists from the 1980s with current generations.

Edge of an Era will shed light on underrepresented performance art histories that have had a significant influence on current art practice. This first phase of the project has involved five new artistic commissions, archival digitisation and workshops in London and Northumberland.

4 February Programme:

5.30pm - Walking Tour

A walking tour of the street and sites of EDGE 88 in Clerkenwell will depart from St James’s church at 5.30pm. The tour will last for one hour and be led by Rob La Frenais (original curator of EDGE 88).

Spaces are limited and booking for this is essential. Please note that there is a separate booking form for the walking tour and the event.

Book for the walking tour here.

7pm - Presentations, Screenings and Performances

The event will include introductions from Helena Goldwater, Rob La Frenais and Alex Eisenberg (LADA), the launch of the project website, as well as dialogues, screenings and presentations from some of the original EDGE 88 artists (full list of artists to be announced soon).

Across the evening we will also present a series of specially commissioned new works by artists who have responded to the archive that we have been collating as part of Edge of an Era.

The Edge of an Era commissioned artists and works:

Robin Bale presents a sound piece that explores the idea of collective memory and the phantasms it generates, inspired by an art critic's misinterpreting/mis­remembering of BLED EDGE (EDGE 88) by Alastair MacLennan. This will be combined with an exploration of the site of the original performance, the House of Detention in Clerkenwell, as well as reflections from Bale’s own history.

Zvikomborero Mutyambizi is looking at Mona Hatoum’s Reflections on Value (EDGE 88) and Hidden from Prying Eyes (At the Edge, 1987), combining site-specific research, song walks, diaspora positionalities and “black womens geographies” to create a new sound composition.

Something Other (Maddy Costa, Diana Damian Martin and Mary Paterson) are exploring the notion of correspondence with feminist practices from the late 80s. Using text and audio they will also respond to the fraught political moments of 1988 and 2018.

Adam Patterson is making a performative video work in search of Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (EDGE 89). Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ is a sail and cruise transgressing horizons, searching and hunting for alternative forms of pleasure through digital archival consumption.

Morgan Quaintance is making a moving image work pitched between documentary and abstraction, comprising of newly shot footage and archival materials relating to the Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s work emanating from At the Edge (1987).

In addition to being presented at the event on 4th February these commissions will also be featured on the new website created especially for Edge of an Era.

About Edge of an Era

In the late 1980s, Performance Magazine (1979-1992) started presenting some of the first site specific performance art events in the UK, including Art in Danger, At the Edge and Last Sweat of Youth at the Diorama and AIR Gallery. This culminated in EDGE 88, one of London’s first site-specific performance/installation festivals, which was attended by artists such as Helena Goldwater, who was at the start of her career. Thirty years later, Helena Goldwater and Rob La Frenais, in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) are revisiting this and other 1980s performance art events.

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Access

St James Church is accessible via ramps up to the West door, owing to the building’s restrictions these are steep so please use with caution (please note there is no disabled toilet in the church).

Credits

Edge of an Era is curated by Helena Goldwater and Rob La Frenais, Alex Eisenberg and Live Art Development Agency.

It is produced in partnership with Artsadmin and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, supported using public funding by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants with additional activities made possible through the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant from Art Fund.

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