Reviews

Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang: Chalkroom

November 13th, 2018 by

‘Finally an artform where you can fly, just like in your dreams.’ – Laurie Anderson.  Dorothy Max Prior and Aislinn Kelly journey through Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang’s virtual reality installation Chalkroom Do oceans have walls? I’m flying, on ‘slow fly’. If this is slow, how fast might ‘fast’ be? I haven’t come across an ocean […]

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Wise Children/Emma Rice: Wise Children

October 31st, 2018 by

A name in lights, a vintage caravan, a chorus warming up, stagehands sweeping, a band running through a soundcheck. The houselights dim. The caravan spins to reveal an open-fronted side, showing a comfy pink-cushioned den. Two ‘ladies’ in identical embroidered satin kimonos look out. Our narrator, Dora Chance, tells us that she was born on […]

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Empathy Museum: A Mile in My Shoes

October 24th, 2018 by

I expect the empathetic burden to be entirely my own when I visit the Empathy Museum: A Mile in My Shoes. I expect the museum to put my empathy through its paces. What I experience is something more balanced. The speakers whose shoes I wear speak to me – via a recording on an iPod […]

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Clod Ensemble: Placebo

October 24th, 2018 by

I was shocked recently to learn that dock leaves offer no scientifically proven relief to nettle stings. What I had taken as a given all my life was not ancient folkloric wisdom but yet another tale told by those mischievous ‘old wives.’ What we choose to believe depends on how it is sold to us. […]

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Slow Art

September 25th, 2018 by

Dorothy Max Prior goes to Inside Out Dorset, a biennial outdoor arts festival with an emphasis on work that both honours and engages with the landscape in which it is sited, urban or rural A Friday evening in September on the waterfront at Poole Quay. A bright night, with a tiny sliver of new moon […]

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