«A Digestive Tract II»

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

by Adam Hines-Green (UK)

The performance will be a continuation of themes explored in A Digestive Tract (2017), an interactive performance delivered in the former science classroom of a disused school building in the village of Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria. This charted a journey through the anatomy of the digestive tract from mouth to anus using found props, furniture, and the architecture of the classroom. X-rays of a variety of pathological conditions preventing progress through the digestive tract were also discussed. Photographs found in the school depicting military and industrial exercises in Bulgaria from the 60s and 70s were included on the walls but never explicitly discussed. The artist exits through the anus/first floor window to conclude the piece.

The performance at Cabaret Voltaire will utilise some of the familiar tropes of this performance, including anatomical references and medical science demonstrated through found objects in the building and the architecture of the room, as well as movement of the artist and viewer through the space. The found objects and architecture will serve as uncanny models of unconscious biological processes, as the biological processes serve as uncanny models of wider social and political concerns. The performance in Bulgaria used the space of the classroom to explore the possibility of a biology lesson on the digestive system signifying a cultural conception of personal and social ‘progress’, and the performance at Cabaret Voltaire will operate in a similar fashion.

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.

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