bloc projects

  • Ben Judd, I Am On Top of the World, still from five-channel video, 2013.
  • Faye Green, Undone, still from digital video, 2014.

Bloc Assembly with Compass Live Art

  • Faye Green
  • Ben Judd

Friday 06 February 2015

This Bloc Assembly creates a short-term, experimental platform to support the work of two artists at different points in their careers, whose practices incorporate performance and live elements in different ways. Judd and Green will use the space to test or develop work in progress with an audience, and a dinner and round-table discussion will draw their work in relation to wider questions surrounding process in live art and performance and their distinction/intersection with other fields.

This event is produced in collaboration with Compass Live Art. Places are limited and booking is essential.

** Update – January 2015: Places for the dinner and discussion are now fully booked. We have released an additional ten places for attending the performances only, which can be booked here. **

Faye Green is a live artist and writer currently based in the Newcastle. With a visual arts background, her practice draws from multiple disciplines including theatre, dance and performance studies. Central to her practice is a negotiation between discursive modes and embodied knowledge, with much of her work exploring the telling of bodily histories. Resisting discourses of disappearance and performance ontologies that position the live moment at the vanishing point, Green works with notions of mimesis, re-enactment, rehearsal and re-vision.

Green graduated from Fine Art at Newcastle University in 2013, and went on to win the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2013. Since graduating she has performed at BALTIC, Baltic39, Vane and The Newbridge Project in Newcastle, and in 2014 will perform at the ELIA NEU/NOW Festival in Glasgow, and at Toynbee Studios, London. After taking part in a research-based residency with culturia, Berlin in 2013, she has continued to develop a relationship with Berlin, with work shown in the KW Institute of Contemporary Art, me Collectors Room, and as part of the Project Space Festival 2014.

Ben Judd’s work examines his relationship to specific individuals and groups; recently the choreographic and the rhythmic has been used as a method of constructing temporary communities. The work explores how the ritualistic activities of marginalised groups and individuals can be extended into an action realised by actors (one that itself hovers on the border between immersion and a more self-conscious, knowing state), and how, in turn, this action can be interpreted in a moving image work. Positioning himself and the audience as both participant and observer, he engages the grey area between ritual and performance, searching for an unreachable and idealised state of community.

Judd has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including group exhibitions Whitstable Biennial 2014; JAM: Tokyo London, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo and The Barbican Centre, London; The Galleries Show, Royal Academy, London; Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York; Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Social Creatures, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Seeing is Believing, The Photographers’ Gallery, London. His solo exhibitions include Vilma Gold, London; Michael Janssen, Cologne; Kunstbunker, Nuremberg.