|I collaborated with artist/curators Charlie Hope and Venya Krutikov in the organisation and curation of a one-off event at the Lantern Theatre, a 62 seat miniature Victorian theatre built in the 1890s in the suburbs of Sheffield. Inspired by Situationist writings, Fluxus happenings and Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, we invited artists to propose works which challenged theatrical conventions and audience expectations, with an emphasis on interaction and participation, and we aimed to challenge traditional artist-curator relationships by purposely intervening in and altering some works and relinquishing curatorial control over others.
We worked with over thirty artists on a diverse and exciting range of projects including performances, installations and interventions. Artist Linda Bevan wrapped a number of the audiences seats in bubble-wrap, amplifying any movements around the space, while Dave Green arranged for a 3 course Chinese takeaway to arrive mid-performance for 2 lucky audience members. Other works included a soundscape made from sampling the everyday noises of the theatre, and a light installation in the ladies’ toilets.