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DRAF x KOKO. An Evening of Performances (2 Oct 2018 at KOKO, London)

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Tues 2 Oct 2018, 7.00pm – 12.30am

Doors open 6.30pm

At KOKO, 1a Camden High St, London NW1 7JE

Free, book here

 

With Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Martin Creed, Charismatic Megafauna, Das Hund, Bob Kil, Stacy Makishi, Grace Schwindt, Alma Soderberg and Tate n Lyle.

 

DRAF presents its 11th annual Evening of Performances, returning to historic music hall KOKO for an exciting programme of live works that range across performance art, spoken word, dance, comedy and music.

The evening presents eight new commissions and a UK premiere by international artists responding to the theme of intimacy. Each artistic contribution brings forward a new reading and experience, charging the venue with different physical, sensual and intellectual approaches. A wide array of artistic positions take stage throughout the evening, expanding from the personal to the collective, exploring the ways in which people connect to one another. Bob Kil, Stacy Makishi, Charismatic Megafauna and Grace Schwindt explore individual and personal narratives.   Alma Soderberg and, Martin Creed expand on the sensual dimension of intimacy. Artist duos Tate n Lyle and Das Hund incorporate additional performers to examine and express the role of the social and political in personal interactions. Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press stages a typographic catwalk that oscillates between a runway show and a military march of linguistic components. She publishes the event under a unique ISBN number, permanently registering it in the public domain.

Intimacy is the quality of close relationships between subjects, which may be physical and bodily, however not necessarily sexual. It requires reciprocation. Each deeper connection creates more room to grow, more to lose and more to become. The human condition, in that regard, relies on the willingness to transcend individual boundaries, and the urge to multiply ways of being in order to have meaningful encounters. Individuals engaged with acts of care, trust and love are invested in the transactions of desire. The programme at KOKO, responds to the various forms and powers of intimacy and its role in understanding and relating to the world around us.

The eleventh edition of the annual event is curated by new DRAF Director & Chief Curator Fatoş Üstek. The event is free to the public, and coincides with Frieze London.

 

PROGRAMME

Artist Bob Kil makes her first UK public appearance at DRAF x KOKO 11th Evening of Performances. Her new commission, But Bob, emerges from a dream landscape, where she recounts a recent experience in R.E.M state. Her reading takes the form of a sleep journey, with pitfalls and peaks, her voice rising and falling at an unexpected pace. She exposes what might be the most intimate realm, and unfolds her fears and confusion into words. Her voice guides the audiences to a sensuous space where personal projections and associations run amok.

Here’s to… punctuates the evening with popping champagne corks. A series of toasts take place throughout the evening and across the venue. The artist duo Tate n Lyle, composed of Rohanne Udall and Paul Hughes, take the commission towards an expansion of ideas and positions. Through inviting six individuals with strong opinions –Angela Andrews, Wendy Houston, Bruno Roubicek, Tamara Tomic-Vajagec, Esmond Sage and Monsur Mansoor – and allocating each a space for expression through a celebratory toast, they isolate the individual and publish reflections from their respective lives.

Choreographer and dancer Alma Söderberg performsDeep Etude, 2018 for the first time in the UK. Alma Söderberg works with the body as her medium and responds to sound and light through choreography and movement. Deep Etudeis informed by a composition of polyphonic sounds by Hendrik Willekens, and complemented by a constellation of light conceptualised by Nele Verreyken. Söderberg introduces endurance into the piece. She marks each movement with repetition and sound. Through improvisation and immediate choreographic response, each performance emerges as a unique composition.

Artist Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press publishes the eleventh DRAF Evening of Performances with an original ISBN number, registering it as both a fiction and a reality. Her distinctive visual and numeric identity runs throughout the venue and stretches across London. On stage, she presents a new performance Spring Summer 19 / The Walk in the form of a fashion runway show which foregrounds not clothes, but language. The performance melds fetishisms of display prevalent both on the catwalk and in military displays.

Turner Prize winning British artist Martin Creed reveals a new commission for DRAF x KOKO An Evening of Performances.

Grace Schwindt’s new commission The Boxer centralises on the singularity of a subject from the perspective of multitude, looking at what makes an individual. Her response is told from the perspective of a lack, a wound, a loss. Schwindt composes an image of a person in his/her absence, through performances by a bodybuilder, a singer, a dancer, a drummer, alongside a boxing ring and a series of sculptures made of ceramics and bronze. The broken boxing ring she inserts on the stage stands for the central character whose narrative is told through moving image, accompanied by singing and choreography. Performers include Sophie Brown, Jia-Yu Corti, Rosie Middleton, Ellen van Schuylenburch and Ted Pollard.

The complexity of human narrative is the core of Stacy Makishi‘s new piece, Stacy Makishi and the Proud Marys. Her stand-up comedy is informed by her memories of her childhood. She juxtaposes vital facts (place of birth, conditions of upbringing) with semantic constellations (feelings of self, realisation of subjectivity, aspirations…) in the most hilarious and surreal ways. In this piece, Makishi directs her lens onto shame, an intimate feeling kept hidden from others. Through inviting the audience to respond and participate in her directional narrative, she builds a deep collective intimacy.

Environmentalist and gender activist punk trio Charismatic Megafauna are a female-only band composed of artists Jenny Moore, Georgia Twigg and Susannah Worth. They perform a drum-hop-punk-powered missives of “party music for politically minded people” in original costumes and projections. Their live set of songs from their latest album Semi Regularperforms the intimacy of the political self, through ever-active engagement with the world.

Artist duo Das Hund (Sam Levack and Jennifer Levandowski) launch their evocative debut album For Freedom,performed live for the first time at DRAF X KOKO An Evening of Performances. The artists compose visual and sonic narratives around the alienated individual that resists the streams of regeneration and separation from nature. The duo, accompanied by a guitar and bass player, will perform tracks from the album, which is available as digital download and vinyl LP. This launch will be followed by a UK tour.

 

ABOUT

AN EVENING OF PERFORMANCES is an annual highlight in DRAF’s programme, bringing together artists, musicians and choreographers for an evening of live artworks. The event is both a key moment in the Frieze VIP diary, and open free to all. In 2017, DRAF presented the first off-site edition of the annual event at iconic London music hall KOKO.

Previous Evening of Performances have featured artists including Alexandra Bachzetsis, Nina Beier, John Bock, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Michael Dean, Rodney Graham & Kim Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Sarah Lucas, Goshka Macuga, planningtorock, Eddie Peake, Laure Prouvost, Steve Reich, Cally Spooner, Sue Tompkins, Amalia Ulman and Mark Wallinger.

An Evening of Performancesis supported by DRAF Galleries Circle: Blain Southern, Goodman Gallery, Marian Goodman, Grimm Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson Gallery, The Modern Institute, Peres Projects, White Cube.

Bob Kil, But Bob, 2018 is supported by The Korean Cultural Centre UK.

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  • Bob Kil, U, Sic, 2018, 12 flags for Innsbruck International. Courtesy the artist.
    1/9Bob Kil, U, Sic, 2018, 12 flags for Innsbruck International. Courtesy the artist.
  • Tate n Lyle, Back Up, 2018. Courtesy the artists.
    2/9Tate n Lyle, Back Up, 2018. Courtesy the artists.
  • Alma Soderberg, Deep Etude, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photos: Pol Matthe
    3/9Alma Soderberg, Deep Etude, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photos: Pol Matthe
  • Fiona Banner, Buoys Boys, 2016 (film still).   Copyright and courtesy the artist
    4/9Fiona Banner, Buoys Boys, 2016 (film still). Copyright and courtesy the artist
  • Martin Creed performing at Jupiter Artland, 2018 Photo: Max McClure
    5/9Martin Creed performing at Jupiter Artland, 2018 Photo: Max McClure
  • Grace Schwindt, Opera and Steel, 2017 (live performance). 
Courtesy the artist and Zeno X, Antwerp, Belgium
    6/9Grace Schwindt, Opera and Steel, 2017 (live performance). Courtesy the artist and Zeno X, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Stacy Makishi, The Making of Bull : The True Story, 2013. 
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Vick Ryder
    7/9Stacy Makishi, The Making of Bull : The True Story, 2013. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Vick Ryder
  • Above: Charismatic Megafauna. Styling by Kalina Pulit. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Kate Bones.
    8/9Above: Charismatic Megafauna. Styling by Kalina Pulit. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Kate Bones.
  • Das Hund, performance at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, 2016. Courtesy the artists.
    9/9Das Hund, performance at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, 2016. Courtesy the artists.