Random Acts of Art – Majorette Rehearsing


Over the course of a two months residency period at Exeter’s Spacex Gallery, artists Amy Fenek, Lady Lucy and myself were invited to respond to the context of Exeter’s West Quarter and to involve residents in the production of an artwork.


Majorette Rehearsing,  three screen projection with sound, Spacex Gallery Exeter, 2010.

Majorette Rehearsing is an inward looking portrait of the built environment and its residents. Filmed from a distance and displayed across three walls in a pulse of long receding zooms, the work frames the routines of a majorette on multiple sites across the quarter. Soundtrack is a multi-channel sound recording of the performer, their body and their immediate environment. Digital technology is used to provide a constantly shifting and unstable context for the actions of the performer, creating fluent and ongoing connect and disconnect between image and sound, performer, environment and observer, in the process blurring the boundaries between private and public space, ceremonial display and individual behaviour.

A first response to the West Quarter is documented in this extract from the residency journal.

Interview with Devon Artsculture

People’s Republic of South Devon report on the residency

Download Street Performance and Public Ritual in Exeter (…) by Phil Smith

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