2021 PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT Be Festival
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Matthew Foster – View/function/object/target

Where is the line between the framing of an action and the creation of a sculptural object which contains activity? Should a stage separate performers from an audience or physically form a link between the two? How near to an object in its own right can a stage get before it fails to enhance the performance? Matthew Foster in View/function/object/target proposes to create a performative container to host the musical component of the festival. Exploring the idea that a stage can be an object without a performance, this object will shift from day to day, drawing on elements of historical architecture and spatial design, to more abstract concepts an object which defines a space for performance. These propositions will exist for one night only. Through an approach of repetitive construction and deconstruction of appropriated structures, Matthew assesses the worth of designed spaces for performance.

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