JocJonJosch – Existere

The collective JocJonJosch are presenting a major new work, Existere, across Son Gallery and Testbed 1, Will Alsop’s new project space in Battersea. Working with over seventy volunteers JocJonJosch will create a performance sculpture: a ‘shelter’ made of naked human bodies. This will take place on three separate occasions in July at Tesbed 1 – 16th, 17th and 23rd.

A concurrent exhibition in Son Gallery engages with the challenges faced in representing performance-type art, with specific reference to the Exsistere work. Moving away from traditional photographic and video documentation they concentrate on other ways in which an experiece of the live performance can continue to exist in the minds of participants and viewers. The installation uses hand blown sheets of black glass which react to the spectatros’ breath, revealing references to the performances.

The performance sculpture takes reference from the recent destruction caused by earthquakes and flooding in Australia, Japan and New Zealand. By bringing the human body and the built environment into a direct relationship, Existere confronts the frailty of our protective structures. JocJonJosch query the purpose of containment and assess meaning as it is made between the individual and the collective.

Existere develops recent work by JocJonJosch performed at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) and Chelsea Space, as well as The Beasts series, installed in Son Gallery in 2010. The Beasts concentrated on collective identity and the stress involved in maintaining unity. It was also shown in Spoleto, Italy, by the Anna Mahler International Association; at Situation 1, Switzerland; and won an award at the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice earlier this year.

JocJonJosch is an award winning artistic collective comprised of Joc Marchington (b. London, England), Jonathan Brantschen (b. Visp, Switzerland) and Joschi Herczeg (b. Bratislava, Slovakia). They live and work in London and Basel.

Book your slot for the performances at www.jocjonjosch.com or see www.songallery.co.uk for more details.

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