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  • Siobhan Davies Dance and Mattias Sperling, To hand
    Image Pari Naderi 
  •   Siobhan Davies Dance and Mattias Sperling, To hand Image Pari Naderi 
  • Siobhan Davies Dance and Mattias Sperling, To hand Image Pari Naderi 


Fri 22 Feb 2013

12 - 4pm Free

Siobhan Davies Dance and dance artist Matthias Sperling present To hand. Where Carl Andre invites you to move around objects, here you are invited to follow the performer’s precarious movement across the space balancing on a set of everyday objects.

The performance also takes place on 23 and 24 February. 

To Hand was originally commissioned by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in response to Claire Barclay’s Shadow Spans Bloomberg Commission. The work is informed by Davies’ and Sperling’s engagement with Barclay’s installation and the ideas behind her work.

‘Matthias and I entered Shadow Spans and like every other visitor, we brought the outside world into the installation. Claire Barclay was ahead of us, she seemed to have relished finding out about how certain objects are crafted and her work already included exquisitely made things, each one re-imagined from activities, structures and materials found in the Whitechapel Gallery's present and historic environment. The individual parts as well as the whole exist in their time and their own variations of completion. Each object invites being looked at. 
Matthias and I have been involved in several processes in order to find the particular durational presence our movement might bring amongst this stillness. We continuously came back to thinking about what Claire must have learnt in order to make her work and we concentrated on finding simple movements that need a complex collection of decisions to make each movement work and be noticed.’ Siobhan Davies

With support from Catherine and Franck Petitgas and Siobhan Davies Commissioning Fund.

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Left by Godfrey Featherstone on Mon 25 Feb 2013

Just to say how much I enjoyed the performance today at Turner Contemporary. The symbiosis between the gallery, the sculptures and the dance was captivating. Particular thanks to Matthias who seemed to float across the floor, in defiance of the laws of nature.
Beautiful. Thank you.