Thu 22 Mar 2012 | 5pm-6pm | Free but ticketed (reserve your ticket at the Arches Box Office)
Join writer and performer Chris Thorpe and other festival participants as they scrawl down something that tries to make sense of what it all means…
“If we put ourselves into the art we make, and we want to make more art, and better art, how do we avoid making art that’s about our experience of making art? Should we try to avoid it?”
Responding to the above provocation, participants and audience will be encouraged to contribute their own thoughts and responses to authenticity and autobiography on stage in this artist-led discussion – whether in the form of an image, an object, a prepared response…
Chris Thorpe will be presenting The Oh Fuck Moment with poet Hannah Jane Walker on Wed 21st and Thurs 22nd March.
Why not make an evening of it?
5pm-6pm Chris Thorpe talk
6pm Dinner in the Arches Cafe Bar & Restaurant
7pm-8.15pm Robert Softley: If These Spasms Could Speak
9.15pm The Oh Fuck Moment
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”