With performances on:
Saturday 22 April
Sunday 30 April, 6pm
Saturday 6 May, 1pm
Thursday 18 May, 7pm
Saturday 27 May, 6pm
Over a six week residency in Kunstraum, Swiss artist Sophie Jung is developing a sculptural space from the coming together of found and fabricated objects, activated by a series of performances in episodic form.
Jung‘s work for Kunstraum folds writing and performance within a complex environment, where precious items from her vast archive of made and found stuff, watercolour drawings of hermit crabs, papier maché tubes, collected cream jugs, left-over lamp shade carcasses, discarded building material and organic detritus sit side by side. The installation will be activated through performances, in which some of its parts will be disassembled, transported onto the stage, becoming props and prompts for Jung to use. Each episode will be an undoing of the previous one, a rewinding, a new beginning – a pre-recorded version of a pre-failed rehearsal or a stuck auto-cue. The total work is a constantly remixing libretto for a never-to-be finished opera on precarity and wobbly legs.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication designed by Rotterdam-based designer Kristin Metho with a series of commissioned texts by Paul Clinton, Tom Morton, Megan Nolan and Sally O’Reilly. Sophie Jung is supported by: the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt; and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.