by Phillip Reeves (UK)
«Sausages» uses exaggeration of both body parts and costume, aiming to examine grandiose delusions of antiquated hierarchies within the labour force.
The audience is invited to witness a tense culinary spectacle, of multicoloured, floppy, phallic, intestinal edifices. Presented to the viewer is the ongoing and faltering performance of a chef who manually operates a sausage-stuffing machine, creating residual entrails of the performance across the stage. Sausages are festooned overhead and from the walls like strange, horrific bunting and widely distributed across the stage.
The character 'Big Chef', clumsily operates the machine with overly exaggerated appendages, wearing a comically tall hat to signify antiquated workplace hierarchies and the supposed mastering of his task and dominance of machine. 'Little Chef', relentlessly works to supply the machine with new material, buckets after buckets of meat, fueling the factory as the spoils of war are ceremoniously dumped on the floor.
There is an element of theatre in the used props such as the costume of a blue inflatable dress that relates absent body forms, hinting at voids and departure, as well as the deliberate distortion of the hands, creating a sense of slapstick calamity. Operating the machine is intensified in its physical undertaking, made awkward with an interplay between a sense of miss-control and dexterity, at times referencing the 'human-space-machine' era of Bauhausian years.
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!)
is a recent graduate of the Goldsmiths MFA programme (2015 - 2018) and has been nominated for the ARTIQ Graduate Art Prize. Also in 2018, Reeves won the Wytham Hall Painting Prize and The Jealous Art Prize, which will see his work incorporated into the Victorian and Albert Museum’s permanent collection in 2019. Prior to Goldsmiths, in 2015 Reeves completed a non-accredited student led art education course at The School of The Damned in London. Further back, in 2014 Reeves gained a scholarship from The Canton of Geneva to undertake a residency at The Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva. In 2012, Reeves was awarded The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Scholarship by The Arts Students League of New York to be artist in residence at the Vytlacil Campus. Reeves has participated in many group shows in globally, and solo exhibitions include ‘Sausage Pile Up’ (2017) Vess Gallery, Copenhagen, Paper Walls (2014) Le Salon Vert, Geneva and ‘Abandoned Land: Sharp Continent’ (2014) Vitrine Gallery, London. As of November 2018 Reeves starts an 8-month studio programme at Husk Project Space in London which will culminate in a solo exhibition in June 2019.