Radar presented two days of performances, films and critical debate that considered the communicative potential of the object. Object theatre has commonly been associated with puppetry and during the programme this understanding was challenged, expanded and redefined through newly commissioned works by internationally renowned artists; Heather & Ivan Morison, Aura Satz, Clare Stephenson, and Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan.
From giant cut-out figures and hidden voices, to fire and mud puppets, the commissioned performance-installations spotlighted the diverse forms of the object theatre genre. Drawing on traditional puppetry techniques, narrative sculpture and the autonomous machines. Object Theatre questioned the body/object role in theatre and art, often exaggerating the absence of the human to great effect.
Alongside the commissioned works there were a
series of film screenings including Pierre Huyghe’s Two Minutes Out of Time,
Christian Jankowski’s Puppet Conference, Laurie Simmons’ The Music of
Regret and Kara Walker's Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale.