And You Were Wonderful On Stage

Cally Spooner @ Stedelijk Museum, Jan 15

14 January 2016

An exhibition of Cally Spooner‘s And You Were Wonderful, On Stage performance is on at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, opening January 15 and running to April 17.

The immersive five-channel installation is curated by Britte Sloothaak and draws on a body of work by the London-based artist that consists of media installations, essays, novels and live performances including radio broadcasts, plays and a musical.

It draws on documentation of the “peripatetic musical” that has appeared in various incarnations in physical space over the past two years and precedes one of Spooner’s more recent project-performances On False Tears and Outsourcing at Middelburg’s Vleeshal Zusterstraat.

See the Stedelijk website for details.**

Cally Spooner, Performance of 'Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner' (2014). Courtesy the artist.
Cally Spooner, Performance of ‘Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner’ (2014). Courtesy the artist.
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Cally Spooner @ Spike Island, Apr 17 – Jun 21

17 April 2015

Cally Spooner will be bringing a solo exhibition in the form of a post-production studio to Bristol’s Spike Island, titled Post-production and running from April 17 to June 21.

The London-based artist turns the galleries of Spike Island into an active testing site, using the solo exhibition to make the final edits of an ongoing – and now almost complete – project. The project in question, titled And You Were Wonderful, On Stage, began as an itinerant live musical exploring technical dependency and “instances of automation parading as liveness in politics, pop music and sport”. Specifically, it focused on the personal narratives of company employees repackaged to better brand and sell the company itself.

Throughout the last year, Spooner has used various solo exhibitions to disassemble this live musical into elements—adverts, film trailers, choreography, stage sets—for its transition into a film. And with Post-production, the artist uses the exhibition to edit the musical’s film feeds as an art performance, editing on site through the spatial arrangement of screens and camera switches.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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