Reactor Halls E02
Curated by Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Friday 14 December 2012, 20:00-23:00
Featuring mildly grating communist boxheads WE, horror hurdy-hog folk from Swine-thing and the ecstatic med-evil dance of the Dancing Plague of 1518.
Challenging the individualism of the Western pop song, WE reveal the latent politics of the love song and transforms chart hits by annihilating their liberal subject and replacing it with a collective consciousness. Through the simple substitution of the plural for the singular, intimacy becomes a form of collective action and the unique the universal.
Swine-thing is a live performance, incorporating homemade instruments, video and spoken wood, used by Hogman Haye, Moleskin Jamie and Mr Piggy to re-interpret The Man Whom the Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood.
Robert Vaughan's and Nicholas McArthur's 'The Dancing Plague of 1518' references a mysterious outbreak of dancing-to-death that occurred in Strasbourg. Set to Gregorian plainchant and electronic trance music, the piece takes the audience out into the streets, finding parallels between religious ecstasy and club culture, and more broadly, capitalism and psychological distress'...Luke Jennings, The Guardian, 2011
Reactor Halls is a new flexible project space that will oscillate between hosting live, public events and housing Reactor’s ongoing collection of work.
Events will occur on an intermittent basis, accumulating to provide an insight into Reactor’s ongoing and expanded interests, as well as allowing the group to collaborate with artists on an alternative strand of activity. As well as staging episodes within the series themselves, Reactor will invite guest curators to programme various types of events with an initial focus on performance and live music.
Reactor Halls events are independently produced by Reactor at Primary.
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Reactor is an art group that assembles new, collective realities in which audiences and Reactor members co‑participate. Reactor are supported by Arts Council England.