Sandra Bouguerch to perform ‘Collision’ at Purple

Performance title:- COLLISION

Live performance duration is instinctive.

Sandra Bouguerch is an interdisciplinary artist exploring her ongoing enquiry into the Notion of Self. Her practice incorporates an array of media such as installation, photography, sound, performance, video and text through which she creates atmospheres containing vulnerability and uncertainty.


The basis of my practice is my individual experience of life, and, as such, I am often the central subject. This has been recently amplified through performance highlighting the many commonalities, both physical and psychological that inform the human condition. Her aim is to suggest a state of affairs that carries the body to another form of conscience, reflecting an unstable realism that is often uncontainable, encompassing unpredictable circumstances.

Purple packed night on 27th Feb, 8-11pm.

We are now in the process of announcing our next event, Purple.

Not only do we have ourselves and our guest artists this night, but pre our night from 6 until 8 we have as part of the Islington Mill ‘Intervention’ talk series, have the invited artist and graphic designer Michel Bouvet.

Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Michel Bouvet is a poster artist and graphic designer. Living and working in Paris he has designed hundreds of posters for theatre, opera, music, dance, art, festivals and public institutions in France and abroad. He has had more than 70 personal exhibitions in 35 countries around the world. His studio works for theatres, public institutions, museums, festivals and publishers. Michel Bouvet is a curator of graphic design exhibitions and professor at the ESAG Penninghen in Paris Michel Bouvet is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

You can keep up to date about this event through Facebook

We can also announce the first of our featured guest artists Sandra Bouguerch.

Sandra performed at White; a particularly emotive piece ‘Eyes Wide Shut‘, which you can see documented through both her own Vimeo film channel and our documentation of the night. You can also catch some more of her recent work featuring her father which address’s areas of vulnerability in regard to the onset of old age. Vimeo channel. (

ur:new colour white

We are putting together a new night of colour in our series of ‘art’ nights which embrace our philosophy of the experimental avant guard. The new colour in our series is White, and all that White evokes  Some of what our group and guests deliver will be literal, some not so. If you have been to previous nights then you will know just how ‘left of field’ things can be.

The first guest artist we can tell you about is Estelle Woolley. Estelle has appeared before at an ur:night, ‘Moon‘. Estelle recently won the public vote for ‘The People’s Prize’ in the annual open exhibition ‘Life, The Universe and Everything’ at The Aardvark Gallery, Chester. Other recent exhibitions have included ‘In The Woods Today“, ‘The Free For All‘ & ‘Panoply‘ amongst others. For more details about her and her work then have a look at her website or profile on Axis.

You can sign up to our Facebook group and event here, and invite anyone you want.

ur:performance claims full moon

Tell Everyone You Know………………



from 7 – 12PM on  June the 4th 2012

No nation currently claims ownership of any part of the Moon’s surface.

The Outer Space Treaty, formally the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, is a treaty that forms the basis of international space law.  The treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon  The Outer Space Treaty defines the Moon and all outer space as the “province of all mankind”.

The Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, better known as the Moon Treaty or Moon Agreement, is an international treaty that turns jurisdiction of all celestial bodies (including the orbits around such bodies) over to the international community. The 1979 Moon Agreement was created to restrict the exploitation of the Moon’s resources by any single nation. Thus, all activities must conform to international law (notably this includes the UN Charter).

All this will be different from 7PM to 12PM on June the 4th 2012 when the Salford based UR performance group will claim single ownership and excessive artistic exploitation of the FULL MOON.

The Group will set up temporary base at 

Islington Mill

James Street

Salford M3 5HW

Ground control of the experienced team will surrender to fullness, sanity and long distance travel.

At midnight the moon will be handed back to humankind. 

No tickets needed

BEWARE: The Moon has a long association with insanity and irrationality; the words lunacy and lunatic (popular shortening loony) are derived from the Latin name for the Moon, Luna. Philosophers such as Aristotle and Pliny the Elder argued that the full Moon induced insanity in susceptible individuals, believing that the brain, which is mostly water, must be affected by the Moon and its power over the tides, but the Moon’s gravity is too slight to affect any single person. Even today, people insist that admissions to psychiatric hospitals, traffic accidents, homicides or suicides increase during a full Moon, although there is no scientific evidence to support such claims.

ur-performance CLAIMS FULL MOON

The Night Was Blue

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……

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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.