This is Performance Art Book/DVD Special Offer

Mel Brimfield

DVD




Through her work, artist Mel Brimfield explores the history of twentieth century performance, using humour and storytelling to skew our understanding of the artistic forms and histories that inform her own practice.

This offer combines the DVD containing first two episodes of Mel Brimfield's multi-part fictional television documentary series This Is Performance Art, and the accompanying book, which takes an in-depth look at Brimfield and her works. Together, they give a comprehensive picture of Brimfield's practice.

Both the book and the DVD can be purchased together for a special price of £25 (RRP £32.50).

DVD:

This is Performance Art
Part One - Performed Sculpture and Dance
Part Two - Experimental Theatre and Cabaret

The first two episodes of Mel Brimfield's multi-part fictional television documentary series mark the fragmentary and unreliable nature of performance art's historical record. Low-end showbiz memoirs, sensationalist biographical documentaries and cheap-to-make TV clip programmes compiling lists of 'The 100 Top/Best/Greatest' are referenced alongside the faulty mechanics of museological, archival and curatorial approaches to assimilating live art. The result is a comedic performative critique of performance art historiographies.

Contains booklet with an introduction by Sir Francis Spalding and excerpts from Genital Panic.

"With her hilarious but affectionate deflation of performative pomposity, Brimfield has done for the history of performance art what Henry Reed's fictional composer Hilda Tablet did for modern music on theThird Programme in the 1950s, what the inimitable entertainers Anna Russell and Joan Turner did for opera, and what the comedian Billy Dainty did for classical ballet."- David Briers, Art Monthly

Performance Matters, 2013, DVD, 34 minutes and 29 minutes.

Watch the DVD trailer and buy the DVD by itself here.

Book:
This is Performance Art, the book, is an in-depth look at the artist Mel Brimfield. Working with dancers, musicians, comedians and theatre makers, Brimfield's practice explores the history of twentieth century performance and uses humour and storytelling to skew our understanding of the forms and histories that inform her own work.
The book features meticulously crafted posters and programmes for fictional cabarets, complete with costumes and props, which are produced alongside documentary style films and live works that playfully associate performance art with most significant cultural developments of the last 100 years. Low-end showbiz memoirs, sensationalist biographical documentaries and cheap-to-make TV clip programmes compiling lists of 'The 100 Top/Best/Greatest' are referenced in the work alongside formal museological displays of performance ephemera and documentation.
Black Dog Publishing, 2011. Paperback, 176 pages, 120 b/w and colour stills, 24cm x 19cm.
ISBN 9781907317354
Buy the book by itself here.

 

 



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