Performance directed by Thomas John Bacon, November 2013
Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham

Live performance in Birmingham Cathedral grounds by artist Thomas John Bacon, organised by Kate Spence of HFWAS, 15th October 2013
Live performance in Birmingham Cathedral grounds by artist Thomas John Bacon, organised by Kate Spence of HFWAS, 15th October 2013, Photo: Ray Spence

 

Live performance in Birmingham Cathedral grounds by artist Thomas John Bacon, organised by Kate Spence of HFWAS, 15th October 2013
Live performance in Birmingham Cathedral grounds by artist Thomas John Bacon, organised by Kate Spence of HFWAS, 15th October 2013, Photo: Ray Spence

This is a disseminative action that may be reproduced with prior permission by anyone. It offers the reciprocal enactment of self portrait of Thomas John Bacon with each participant, acknowledging how each individual brings something distinctively different to the presence of an image and its perception. It thereby facilitates a visual representation of the multiplicity of Self/s that he proposes exists within each of us, while creating a portrait for the performance artist that works through action.  

Birmingham participants: Alastair Flindall, Sarah Fortes-Mayer, Rebecca Homer, Loretta Hope, John Kadens, Suze de Lee, Khembi Maynard, Andy Miller, Hannah Millest, Emilia Moniszko, Tom Newton, Kimvi Nguyen, Jodie Laura Ollis, Rachel Parry, Nadine Paige Riley,  Helena Sands, Alvin Tran, Jade Williams, Samantha Williams, and Thomas John Bacon. 

— thomasjohnbacon.com


The involvement in this project has reinforced my
thinking in areas of public realm, audience’s expectation as well as reaction and artistic collaboration. The project was highly liberating and simultaneously restricting. Prior to the performance participants had to attend one day workshop which was dedicated to self exploration and expression by being an interviewer as well as an interviewee. Involved individuals were also asked to participate in yoga classes and breathing technique class which was crucial to control the self expression in the public environment. 

Participation in this live project has encouraged my dissertation research which was based on the concepts of:

  • methods in which artist apply their bodies in order to figure out the physical and mental capacity of their physical presence
  • the distinction between public and private space, as well the space of the artist from the viewer’s perspective p
  • potential transgressions performed on a body delivered as an artistic act
  • centrality of an artist during a live performance as well as the behaviours and attitude of contemporary society that relate to transgressions on the body