Protagonist Antagonist/ BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK

Image by Tiu Makkonen, live performance of BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK, GoMA, Oct 2021

Protagonist Antagonist/ BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK
Friday 22 October – Sunday 24 October 2021
Gallery 1

BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK has been developed for the opulent Gallery 1 in the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) as part of a series of performances commissioned by the charity Glasgow Life to mark the museum’s 25th anniversary and supported by Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine Fund.

Stephanie Black-Daniels is an artist, researcher and facilitator based in Glasgow whose practice explores the dynamics between body, object and action.

Thomas McCulloch is a producer and performance artist. He graduated from the RCS (formally RSAMD) in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Performance Practice. He has presented his performance work at The Arches, Buzzcut Festival, Green Room Manchester and with Perfo Puerto Chile.

BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK has been developed post-pandemic as the artist finds her place as a new mother, artist and her practice of live performance in relation to the architecture of public buildings.

The following is a response to the live performance that took place on Friday 22 October 2021 in Gallery 1 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. The text is intended to be another layer to access the themes of the work and a way to invite audiences that are currently unable to attend in-person events due to COVID-19. It can be read whilst wandering through the installation or at home, providing a different angle to explore some of the themes in the work such as bodies, territory and their aesthetic, political and social distance with one another.

Image by Tiu Makkonen, live performance of BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK, GoMA, Oct 2021

This work utilises a pre-recorded binaural sound design which remains in the space post performance, connecting us physically to the space and objects, and question our everyday context in this theatrical setting. The artist invites you to listen to this 30min sound design whilst engaging with the text in the gallery or at home through headphones.

Download or read online the PDF of the text here

Research for BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK was originally supported through the Open Bodies programme. Open Bodies: a residency programme for artists working with performance with an interest in gender and/or sexuality, designed jointly by Despina (Rio de Janeiro) and Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh) with support from British Council and Creative Scotland and presented as part of SSA | VAS OPEN 2019.

Performers: Lily Ross-MIllard & Christiana Bissett
Sound Design: Calum Patterson
Digital graphics: Louie Pegna

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