«Malignant Potential»

«A Digestive Tract II» by Adam Hines-Green (UK)
Image Courtesy of the Artist

by Adam Hines-Green (UK)

Malignant Potential will operate as a lecture-performance spreading through the space of Cabaret Voltaire. It takes as a starting point the biological phenomenon of cancer. Cancers consist of cells which stimulate their own limitless growth, are unresponsive to the body’s attempts to restrict this growth, and, critically, expand locally before spreading and invading distant sites in the body until the entire organism perishes. Cell growth is strictly programmed and essential for living, but, when uncontrolled, leads to death of the entire body – suffocation through overproduction. Constantly growing and continuously adapting, cancers are better at living than we are.

Malignant Potential considers the parallels between these characteristics and certain economic and cultural models of growth and achievement. Considered as a swarm of cells, the individual and collective responsibilities of the audience are addressed through highlighting modes of behaviour, movement and language. Does uncontrolled rampant individualism necessarily operate at the expense of others? What are the necessary conditions for collective flourishing when individual growth and spread are components of success?

This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Are we bodies? curated by Vlada Maria Tcharyeva (CH)

Entrance fee: CHF 10.- (Cabaret Voltaire Members: free!)

Biography Adam Hines-Green (UK)

is an artist and writer based in London. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2018, and has degrees in Medicine from University College London and Medical Sciences and History of Art from the University of Cambridge. Recent exhibitions and performances include Meantime, Kilburn Arches, London; The Sky Has No Surface, Berwick Fringe, Berwick-upon-Tweed; Too Much Information, Seventeen Gallery, London; On Describing Surface Features, Filet, London; Situation 3, 26b, London; Critical Cartographies, Filet, London (all 2018). His writing has been awarded the Michael O’Pray Prize 2018 and was published by Art Monthly, and he was recently shortlisted for the International Awards for Art Criticism and the Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize.