10.10.19 6pm to 7.30pm
The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art
HAPPY HOUR! is an interactive live art event inspired by weather reports, swinging between normality and crisis mode in the summer of 2019, a summer of surging temperatures, burning Tundra, deforestation and rapidly melting Greenland ice. The empty space of the Holden Gallery will provide the backdrop to a dance session, provocations and interruptions. In addition to the visuals and the sound, we will pose some vexed questions around the problems of making art in times of impeding disaster and what it means to us socially, ecologically and environmentally.
The artists’ collective Foreign Investment, was co-founded in 1998 by Brigitte Jurack and Alma Tischlerwood. Foreign Investment seeks to create situations where artists, audiences and participant communities come together to question the value of things in unexpected ways. Foreign Investment has exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, Kiev, Hong Kong, Oslo, Berlin and the Istanbul and Venice Biennials. Gilding rubbish, breeding eggs, lamenting disappearance of public spaces and trading in sky shares, Foreign Investment explores intangible territories of trade and cultural value systems.
In 2019, Foreign Investment collaborated with Rosemary Cronin and students from the London College of Fashion. I Wanna Be Me – I Wanna be (E)U (2019) projected personal identities through fashion, in times of economic and ecological uncertainties and was performed in a decommissioned Supermarket in Walthamstow. With special thanks to Dr. Dr Francesco Mazzarella, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF)
A full archive of their performances and publications can be found at www.foreign-investments.com