It was sometime ago, however ur:blue did take place. February 15th just as planned.
As always the ur: group provided a night of experimental live art. Sometimes controversial our Blue night threw up some very interesting performances.
‘Bowman’s Space’ via Benjamin McChrystal Plimmer involved urinating on perspex, trapped between to easels, whilst on stage looking down on his audience. During this time you could find Kwong Lee working on portraits, ‘Edible Portraits’, made from rice paper and food dye. ‘That Mincing of Those Blues’ had Helmut Lemke quite literally mincing all that was blue in this world, including Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives amongst other notable blues. You would find Kerry Morrison on the floor, ‘Blue Suede Shoes N Blue Jeans’, engrossed within her work. Whilst ‘Lube”, an installation from Tracy Hurst, a 1950’s narrative showing old 8mm silent blue movies within a space to contemplate just where we were as a society at that point. ‘Parental Guidance’, with ‘The Parents’, and fast forward a few decades to a more modern scene of the porn viewer. Time to contemplate what we have become and maybe just where we are going as a society. ‘The Parents’ are Gabrielle Anderson and Robert James Maclese, another set of characters you will see more of, added to their range. Back out in the main passageway, through which everyone enters, Steve Oliver and Jonathan Maj had created ‘A Tuning Exercise’, a mesmeric blue film with varying densities of blue projecting as guitars tuned. Whilst these melancholic tunings drifted through the gallery space Sarah Coggrave inflated blue balloons of sadness throughout the space, bringing an air of subdued reflection whilst watching them sway in the breeze of people passing by.
(If you managed to spot Craig Tattersal’s, ‘Remnant Residue’ you’ll have spotted a wonderful visual pun tucked away.)
Here are some tantalising snap shots of that night……
ur: will be taking part in Sounds From The Other City which will be taking place in Salford, we will have more details for you very soon.