Exhibitions are a tool, not the result. Art should open up for a democratic dialog and rethink the ‘ordinary’ exhibition practises. Martha Rosler: “art make difference to a social movement only when it is made in cognizance of those movements.” . Exhibition making can be a model of resistance, a tool and not the result.
St Johns at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, London, United Kingdom
Yesterday I went to a performance, well I don’t think it was meant to be a performance but it definitely was. I went to Tim Heckers session at St Johns Church here London. It was a whole new experience for me and I feel like I have to talk about it.
You step in to a church, and that electric sound is literary crashing in to your hears, your head, your bones, your stomach. The audience can get away, even though there is a distance between the audience and the performer there is a interactiveness in the experience. It’s because you can feel it, it’s a very physical and integrating piece, it’s seeking you and captures you and it’s impossible to stand untouched!
Having the performance in a church was brilliant, the theatrical space over flows everyone in the room. You have a curtain way to move when you’re in a church, you have manners and you don’t dance. All of that is what made this performance equal to a mass. Having everyone in to benches looking straight to the performer, no movement, no loud screaming voices, no club mood, it was almost religious. For this kind of music it feels innovative and authentic, like they found something no one else has found, like God or believes. Everyone in that church had found something and now they came together to preach for it! I was overwhelmed by that fact that I came home touched to my core.
With the setting, the framework, the sound and the atmosphere I could see this more as a performance piece, both the way people in that particular room moved and acted, but also in the way that the sound almost became sculptural. It was affected by the architecture and built it’s way around every corner, in to every single bit of the room, little by little. The sound almost became a sculpture itself, something that felt you and something you felt. I’ve never been in to this kind of music, but it was no longer music, it was a performance, a sculpture, a sound and an experience!