We visited the British performance artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, formerly known as Spartacus Chetwynd, in Barking, east London, the site of her latest work, The Idol.
From An Evening with Jabba the Hutt (2003), a performance piece that saw Chetwynd and her entourage wait on Star Wars’ most nefarious slave trader, to The Walk to Dover (2005), a seven-day pilgrimage following the path once trod by David Copperfield as he sought out his aunt Betsey Trotwood, the Turner Prize-nominated artist regularly harmonises the antiquated with the contemporary to bizarre effect, in order to interrogate themes such as society, human nature and taboo.
The Idol, however, represents a slightly less idiosyncratic venture for Chetwynd, having been commissioned by Create London – the foundation behind such projects as Open School East, Hitchcock’s East End and the Chisenhale Gallery’s Create Residency – to conceive an original soft play centre for the development of Barking’s new Abbey Leisure Centre.
The Idol, Abbey Leisure Centre, Barking
Opened 19 March 2015
Interview by Harry Thorne
Filmed by Martin Kennedy
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014
Studio International attended the opening night of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to talk to those involved in this year’s competition
Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep
Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep occupies all of the spectacular spaces at Tate St Ives, a fitting venue overlooking Porthmeor beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
Who’s that Girl?
“Artists should live experimentally,” says 2012 Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, formerly known as “Spartacus”, after the Roman soldier who led a slave rebellion against the Roman republic.