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Teasing Out Contingencies is a free open studio project in the Southwark Room at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, directed by Artist Quilla Constance. This is the third and final part in a series of workshops in the open studio and will run for five days in September 2020.
At previous workshops, Quilla Constance invited members of the public at Tate Exchange to interact and perform with each other by dressing-up in specially devised excessive costumes and playing with diverse props, in a series of performative gatherings. The work will be used to inform a specially commissioned 8×2 metre oil painting, which will be created to present eclectic and diverse scenes from British society today.
In September’s Tate Exchange, Quilla will suspend the resulting painting from the ceiling and, surrounded by the costumes and props, create a ‘set-like’ atmosphere, with audiences invited to dress up, interact and become an extension of the artwork. As a catalyst for these performances, the artist will juxtapose originally produced classical and contemporary music, tribal carnival costumes, DIY punk aesthetics and freestyle disco dancing references to reflect her hybrid, mixed heritage.
On opening night, QC will stage an experimental, atonal and responsive cello performance inspired by Excelsus by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. During the installation, the artist will periodically play the cello, dress up and dance to create a further mutation of the artwork.
The open studio project launched at Tate Exchange in December 2019, with the finished piece due to premiere at Tate Modern in September 2020 before being showcased at The Higgins Bedford in 2021.
Image: Teasing Out Contingencies – Quilla Constance Open Studio, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, 2019. Photo by Quilla Constance