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Artist Talk: Ben Jeans Houghton & Performance of ‘Raft’ by Ben Jeans Houghton and Nicole Vivien Watson

Sat 10 Feb 2018

To coincide with the last day of the exhibition 2ndlife, we will be hosting a talk and discussion with the artist Ben Jeans Houghton followed by a 20 – 30 min performance titled ‘Raft’, by Ben Jeans Houghton and Nicole Vivien Watson.

Artist Talk: 2 – 4pm
Performance begins: 4:30pm (approx 20 – 30mins duration)


Raft, 2017

Ben Jeans Houghton – Nicole Vivien Watson

‘Raft’ explores inner and outer landscapes, through Nicole’s choreographed mapping and navigation of the solar system and the self performed on a sculptural Zodiac stage. Presenting a dialogue between the microcosm and the macrocosm, mapping the relationships between distant stars, the present individual and the planets, in an exploration and interogation of the esoteric and exoteric aspects of self.

‘Raft’ draws inspiration from: ‘The Archaic Revival’ – the invigoration of principles and practices whose efficacy was mislaid during the divorce of science and spirituality. ‘Alchemical Practice’ – the ritual arrangement of persons and symbols in the physical world to create a narrative dialogue that changes the conceptual and emotional world within us. ‘Self exploration’ – the quest to know oneself via a navigation of our emotional and historical experience of being.