Documentation of performances on the opening night of the Royal College of Art's Curating Contemporary Art MA Graduate Projects, 8 March 2016:
The drummers are part of Marco Godoy’s If I were in your shoes (bread, education, freedom). The artwork responds to discussions held in a series of reading groups as part of the curatorial research for the project Sorry you missed me. Addressing the dynamics of empathy heard, felt and handed down in political protest. Unfolding in three parts If I were in your shoes (bread, education, freedom) exists as a short online film, performances (seen here in this video) and a projection in the galleries.
The participatory performance involving purple gloves is The Public is Touching (The Iron Fist in the Rubber Glove) by Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan. For this work security guards request that visitors wear gloves as a condition of entering the exhibition space. This seemingly innocuous gesture reflects on the protocols of security and hygiene that govern the public domain, creating an absurd spectacle of protection against contamination or direct contact.
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