DRAF Broadcasts: Live with Harriet Middleton Baker and Sriwhana Spong

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Join us for a conversation between artists Harriet Middleton Baker, Sriwhana Spong and DRAF Curator Ned McConnell.

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Online event - talk will start promptly after 5pm, Thursday 30 July - event login link will be sent out in advance to those that have registered. Please note that without the link you cannot join us live bu previous talks are published on our YouTube channel.

Harriet Middleton Baker and Sriwhana Spong will be discussing thoughts around power structures and how they both work with performance and collaborators.

Both have been selected to develop new work with DRAF as part of our Live Art Commissions programme, initiated with the belief that those who can must keep creating opportunities for artists in these difficult times.

Through informal conversation and by drawing out parallels in ways of working, this Broadcast is an opportunity to get to know the artists invited for the Live Art Commissions programme, but also for the artists involved to get to know each other better.

This event is part of a larger series of online conversations, co-hosted by DRAF and Performance Exchange since the start of lockdown. They are talks with artists, curators and other cultural practitioners engaged in live work, to share artistic ideas and consider what 'liveness' means in times of social isolation.

As organisations both being dedicated to performance and event-based art practices, this partnership was born from the need to keep supporting these practices whilst gatherings are not possible.

Harriet Middleton Baker is a London based visual artist. She works across video, performance and text to interrogate the intersection of power, technology and governance.

Sriwhana Spong is a New Zealand artist of Indonesian descent. She is interested in the fertile margins and the rich edges where things meet, working across various mediums such as sculpture, film, writing, performance, dance, and sound. She often draws on the complex relationships within cultural interaction often taking on a rich research practice.

DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) is an independent, non-profit organisation for contemporary art dedicated to the transformative forces of the art encounter. DRAF has welcomed over 130,000 visitors to thought-provoking and challenging international programmes including exhibitions, commissions, performances and discussions, since it was founded in 2007.

DRAF provides an enriching and progressive platform for artistic and critical rigour connecting artists, writers, cultural producers and the public. Fostering creative partnerships with institutions across the UK and abroad, we nurture and support the discovery of new ways of thinking and risk-taking through our commissions and presentations of ambitious work.

Performance Exchange is a dispersed performance project across commercial galleries in London, some of which will also be hosting performances from international galleries in July 2020.

Highlighting the work done by commercial galleries to support multi-disciplinary and performance practice, Performance Exchange will create new forms of support for collecting performance art through a three day programme of presentations combined with detailed acquisition information for each work on an innovative digital platform.

Image left: Harriet Middleton Baker, 'Civil War', SITE launch at Mimosa House, 2019. Photo: Liz Gorman

Image right: Sriwhana  Spong, 'Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest', DAAD event at Hamburger Bahnhof, 2015. Photo: Krzysztof Zielinski

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