I AM YOUR ERROR MESSAGE
live performance with video
Friday, May 3, 2013 – 7:00PM to 8:00PM
400 South Peoria Street, CHICAGO, USA
In conjunction with the opening reception of I THINK WE’RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT SEQUENCE: THE LEGACY OF HALFLIFERS, Jennet Thomas performs her newly created, HALFLIFERS inspired, I AM YOUR ERROR MESSAGE. Something is terribly wrong. That message has been received and you know that some sort of action is required for salvation but you have questions, and fears. Receive answers to your inquiries and learn how to save yourself at Gallery 400 on May 3 at 7pm.
The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show– was a steaming, full-to-capacity success…
FRIDAY 5th APRIL 2013
Doors Open 7.30pm – show starts 8.00pm sharp – £4.00
The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show is a Film and Live Performance event by Jennet Thomas and Paul Tarragó featuring special guest Leo Chadburn (a.k.a. Simon Bookish). It will premiere brand new Film/Performance/Music works by all three artists, as well as explore work from their extensive back catalogues of films and songs. This rich and strange cocktail of aesthetic pleasures, urgent ideas and cerebral experimentations will explore new hybrid territories that include a Mystery Event, and a Quiz with Prizes…
SCHOOL OF CHANGE- THE SHOW -was at MATT’s GALLERY- did you miss it? Well here’s a 3 minute film exploring the sculptural/performative Installation
Below is the trailer for the 42 minute Sci-Fi Experimental musical film inside the installation . Click HERE for info on the Matt’s Gallery pages
CLICK HERE TO READ AN ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE DIALOGUE ABOUT ‘SCHOOL OF CHANGE’ BETWEEN RACHEL WITHERS, LEO CHADBURN AND JENNET
The Live Show: ‘SCHOOL OF CHANGE -the recruitment‘ was at Camden Arts Centre Dec 17th .. and outpost gallery October 26th
SCHOOL OF CHANGE is a new franchise of girls’ schools, existing in a post-apocalyptic future, so radical it threatens the working of reason itself. SCHOOL OF CHANGE attempts to shore up against this breakdown, to educate a new generation to adapt, building an alternative ‘hive mind’ that has a new, stronger kind of logic.
Each student’s learning is bio-technically monitored and assessed through the Personal Circle lodged inside them. High-scoring pupils perform their learning through a rhythmic song and action practise: ‘the Production’. This trance-like group activity produces small solids – Units of Knowing – the currency through which the new economy tries to function.
This work is a musical collaboration with composer and performer Leo Chadburn (aka) Simon Bookish
Leo Chadburn (aka Simon Bookish) performs as Mr New Structures-
SCHOOL OF CHANGE is a project that collides genres and ideas; a sci-fi musical + experimental narrative film, based in another reality where a number of rapid changes; geographical, organic, mathematical – even mutations in the workings of reason itself- are threatening the viability of human society.
The film lasts 42 minutes, the action taking place over one day inside a School – its classrooms, canteen, staff room, playing fields, will be filmed in my old secondary school. We see the results of ‘the Changes’ played out within this microcosm, during the first- and last- day at school of the New Girl, who has been brought in to replace a student who ‘faded away’. She is ‘The New Tenth’ and as she joins her class, 2a, an exact replica of her also joins class 2b, 2c, and 2d. The School appears to be part of a franchise of ‘Schools of Change’: an initiative to shore up against this breakdown, to educate and prepare a new generation to adapt. Ritual, music and rhythm are deployed continually in the daily routine to help stitch together the community, raise the spirits, and possibly build some kind of alternative ‘hive mind’ that has a new, stronger kind of logic.
Students learn a New Mathematics to cope with the increasing difficulty of all attempts to measure or calculate objectively – now that mathematical laws only work for the very old . Some of this is very familiar- a teacher stands at the front of the class disseminating facts,
manipulating diagrams and doing demonstrations, but then it frequently becomes strange; each student’s learning score is continuously, biolo-technically monitored, and those who score the highest perform their learning
into an actual, physical result through a peculiar rhythmic song and action practise- a kind of clapping, conjuring game called ‘the Production’. This trance like group activity produces small colourful solids; the Units of Knowing -
these are of immense value, fit together like a puzzle, and are evidently the currency through which the new economy functions.
This project is an ambitious development of core themes that run through my work; a skewed reflection on contemporary fears and desires for radical change, both social and spiritual.
‘ Echo vs Gown ‘
Performed on June 18th as part of ‘This is not a Performance or a Lecture’ for RADAR Was apparently a HIT…so we did it again…on Monday 17th October I was commissioned by RADAR to make a new work for their programme ‘This Is Not A Performance or a Lecture!’ presented on Saturday 18th June 2011, at a kind of festival of 7 of these commissions around the campus at Loughborough University. Other artists include Janice Kerbel and Pil and Galia Collectiv. I’m developed a new 2- handed performance piece ‘ECHO vs. GOWN’ which takes two very different local texts as its material starting point; the Loughborough Echo newspaper, and the Loughborough University website ( specialist subject: Sport Science and Systems Engineering) A dialectic-cum- duel will be fought as a 2-handed illustrated lecture between the costumed personifications ‘Echo’ and ‘Gown’; a live collage of absurd collisions in rhetoric, sound, text and image, mining through explosions the latent ideologies, varied human aspirations and mysteries of Loughborough life. The methodology is poetic, analytical and mischievous, sometimes making hard sense, sometimes making a structured anarchy of sense-making nonsense.
Life of the Mind- at New Art Gallery Walsall 21 January – 20 March 2011
My Video installation ‘Return of the Black Tower [after John Smith]‘ showed from January to March 2011 as part of ‘ The Life of the Mind’ at New Art Gallery Walsall, curated by Bob and Robetra Smith. Watch the complete video here
Click HERE for info about the work as it showed at PEER. 21 January – 20 March 2011