Radar presented an evening of performances and films centred around the theme of protest, rebellion and revolt.
Gail Pickering: Zulu (Speaking in Radical Tongues)
Zulu (Speaking in Radical Tongues) consisted of a
large-scale sculpture that was activated by an evolving series of performances.
The three-dimensional letters of 'Zulu' resembled a discarded advertising
hoarding or props from a film set and were the physical presence of a
collection of coffins. During the performances, 'Zulu' both as sign and stage, was
hijacked by a performer channelling dialogue and physical gestures borrowed
from the diaries and manifestos of 1960s/70s urban guerrilla groups, communes
and their cinematic counterparts.
Pil and Galia Kollectiv: The Future for Less and Better Future, Wolf-Shaped
The Future for Less (2006) was a futuristic B-movie about a post IKEA riots society where art and high Modernist design have triumphed and Sunday DIY rituals are an underground cult.
In Better Future, Wolf-Shaped (2008), a rural cult
perverts this official creed through pagan rituals of architectural worship
performed at Celtic burial sites in Cornwall.
Oreet Ashery: Raging Balls
This short performance impart an angry speech
written by Ashery and encouraged by the artist David Wojnarowicz's (1954 -
1992) potent performative diatribes against American policies of handling the
Aids crisis during 1980s. Set amidst the
speech were the live interactive limits of audience/performer instructed
exchange and participation, deeming the event a form of experiment.
Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: Complaints Choir
The Complaints Choir invited people to complain as much as they want and to sing their complaints out loud together with fellow complainers. The first choir was organised in Birmingham followed by the Complaints Choirs of Helsinki, Hamburg and St. Petersburg.
Mark Wilsher: King
A negotiation with history by asserting someone else's subjectivity at the wrong time and place. An historical performance that attempts to operate very much in the present tense. This piece examined the power of words to make things happen, asking what effect those same phonetic sounds might have today on both audience and artist.
Oliver Ressler and Zanny Begg: What Would It Mean To Win?
What Would It Mean To Win? (2008) was filmed on the blockades at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany in June 2007. In their first collaborative film, Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler focus on the current state of the counter-globalisation movement in a project which grows out of both artists' preoccupation with globalisation and its discontents. The film, which combines documentary footage, interviews, and animation sequences, was structured around three questions pertinent to the movement: Who are we? What is our power? What would it mean to win?