Listen Up!

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

On Saturday 06 September 2014 a large-scale event will be held at Studio Voltaire. This live performance, referencing Catwoman and Minoan bull-leaping, will be recorded and elements will be included in the final cut of the film Hermitos Children 2.

Hermitos Children is an ongoing project that takes the form of an experimental television crime drama. Each episode follows female detective Joan Shipman as she uncovers and solves sex-crimes. Hermitos Children 2 involves blackmail, money management, catting (similar to dogging, but solely with women and on boats), children drowned at sea who miraculously survive, and a cat cult. The film combines staged cinematic sequences with footage of live performances and will be presented within a large scale installation incorporating props and interiors from the production.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd has become well known for her carnivalesque live performances, which feature homemade costumes and a varying ensemble of friends and family. These performances share elements of the bawdy anarchy of sixteenth-century wandering troupes, foregrounding key moments from art history and cultural production.

Attendees of the event will be invited by Chetwynd and her troupe to become part of the performance by taking part in The Iron Age Pasta Workshop in which guests will present their own handmade pasta necklaces to The Discerning Eye, an intimidating character within Chetywnd’s ensemble of fantastic beings. With live aerialists and Chinese drumming throughout the evening, culminating in  ‘Listen Up’ – a choreographed dance performance, this event is not to be missed.

Hermitos Children 2 follows a long-standing collaborative relationship between Studio Voltaire and Chetwynd, having worked together on multiple projects since 2005. Filming for Hermitos Children 2 has taken place in London, Nottingham, Krakow, Gothenburg, Gozo, Vienna and Australia and is a sequel to Hermitos Children, the pilot episode (2008), which was first presented at Altermodern, the fourth Tate Triennial (2009) and subsequently acquired by The Tate Collection.

Supported by the Arts Council England and Australian Council for the Arts. With kind assistance from The Marvin Gaye Chetwynd Supporters Circle: Vanessa Branson, Sadie Coles HQ, London; Massimo De Carlo, London/Milan; Joanna Mackiewicz-Gemes and Silka Rittson-Thomas. Special thanks to those who donated to The Marvin Gaye Chetwynd Kickstarter campaign.

About the artist

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) lives and works in Glasgow. Solo exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2014); New Museum, New York (2011); Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2011 – restaged at Tate Britain in 2012); Consortium, Dijon (2008); Migros Museum, Zurich (2007); and Studio Voltaire, London (2005). The artist is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London.

Image credit

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Listen Up!, 2014. Performance, 06 September 2014, Studio Voltaire, London. A Studio Voltaire commission. Courtesy of the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo De Carlo, London/Milan. Credit Tom Carter.

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