‘A Reflection on the Idea of Free Labour in Art’ is a performance work choreographed by Alice Tatge or a participatory protest event on the dependence of the contemporary labour market on unpaid work. The work was commissioned for the Bread and Roses Strike film festival in Clapham, London, as part of the "Art at The Bandstand" project.
“I immediately warmed to the idea of creating a performance around the unique structure of the bandstand, traditionally a space for an organised social gathering, as my work is ‘site-responsive’ and really does emerge from the environment in which it is located”.
This live work is inspired by the physicality of strike, particularly the “moving picket line” technique employed by textile workers during the bread and roses strike. The work responded to gatherings around the Clapham Common Bandstand in an attempt to raise new discussion on labour and cultural production. Using fabric to wind around and extend from the structure of the bandstand, the material acts as a limit and restriction of passerby movement activity in space but also becomes an invitation of participation in a protest performance highlighting the epidemic of expected unpaid work in the current market.
Commissioned by STUDIOSTRIKE, Amy McDonnell and Ying Tan (curators of ‘Art at the Bandstand: Towards Common Ground’)
Bread And Roses Strike Film Festival 1912-2012
Clapham Common Bandstand, Clapham Common Park
London 6th of May 2012
© 2012 Alice Tatge