John Court (FI/UK) & Mark Harvey (NZ): Drop Kick

Drop Kick will involve playful endurance/durational actions performed by John Court and Mark Harvey together with apparatuses that they develop in workshops with local youth through a process of guided collaboration. Notions of play will be explored through a sense…

John Court (FI/UK) & Mark Harvey (NZ): Drop Kick

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Drop Kick will involve playful endurance/durational actions performed by John Court and Mark Harvey together with apparatuses that they develop in workshops with local youth through a process of guided collaboration. Notions of play will be explored through a sense of free-association in the development of these large objects with participants and the way in which Court and Harvey choose to respond to them through their actions.

The performances will involve physical labour by Court and Harvey, via a sense of productive obsessive-compulsion, not unlike what one does when doodling while day-dreaming and carrying out ‘workly’ tasks. There will be a series of 2 objects made and each will be large enough for Court and Harvey to perform with at the same time. The materials will have ‘a found’ sense about them (they will be sources from a mixture of recycled materials and building supplies) such as wood, metal and more malleable materials like paper.

The title Drop Kick refers to a rugby strategy and also a physical action/gesture made in relation to playing with ball like objects in New Zealand. It can also be a metaphor for when one makes a mistake. Court and Harvey are interested in how the objects and associated performances might be seen to embrace notions of mistakes (as play).

Drop Kick is a development on performances with objects created by Court and Harvey in their recent practices; Court with his giant hard materials at Signal in Brussels, and Harvey in projects like in TEZA in Wellington and ‘at Te Tuhi gallery Auckland.

John Court (FI/UK)
London born and Finland based, John Court’s artistic practices explore the physical and psychological limits of his own body. With the performance, Court seeks to approach certain personal experiences from his childhood and present day. Court’s work has captivated audiences worldwide at events such as UP-ON Live Art festival Chengdu China (2017), SIGNAL Festivalin Brussels Belgium (2017),Beijing Live in China (2016), Viva! Art Action festival in Montreal, Canada(2015), 7a*11d in Toronto, Canada, DigitaLive in Guangzhou, China (2014), SpaceX Gallery Exeter in UK (2012), Guangzhou Live Art Festival in China (2010), ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival in Finland (2010), the Venice Biennale (2005) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004). Court graduated from Camberwell School of Art, London, in 1994 and Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997 in Sculpture.

Mark Harvey (NZ)
Mark Harvey is an Aoteroa/New Zealand based artist of Pākehā/Māori heritage who works with a range of approaches in visual arts based performance art and video. His work often engages with notions of productive idiocy, endurance, duration, social psychology, social justice, politics, climate change and various perspectives in ecology and social ecology. He has presented in a range of international contexts, such as the 55th Biennale for Visual Arts (2013), the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts/City Gallery (2012), New Performance Turku Festival (2014, 2016), Te Tuhi Gallery (Auckland, 2012, 2014, 2016), Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2012), Hitparaden with Live Art DK (Copenhagen, 2014), Laznia Contemporary Art Centre (Gdansk, 2016), Te Uru Gallery (Auckland, 2016, 2017), Anna Leon Owens Gallery (Halifax, 2018), and Physics Room (Christchurch, NZ, 2002, 2017-2018). Harvey holds a PhD in Art and Design from AUT University and is a Senior Lecturer at CAI, The University of Auckland.

Video by: Kim Saarinen

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