On Wednesday 25 May Aaron Williamson will present Demonstrating the World, followed by Rainham Sheds performing a new live soundtrack to Buster Keaton's The Electric House (1922) (22mins).
In Demonstrating the World, Aaron Williamson explores the alien or other through an absurdly elaborate, live reinterpretation of YouTube 'How-To' videos. Drawing from this contemporary archive of folk performance, Williamson enacts everyday tasks such as opening a cupboard, removing a jacket, or sitting on a chair, with detailed step-by-step instructions. He illustrates the required posture, hand-shapes and describes the shifting of muscular tension - both reinforcing and destabilising their apparent familiarity.
Drawing upon Willimson's long-standing research interest in slapstick and silent comedy, the multi-function furniture is concieved, in part, in reference to Buster Keaton's silent film The Electric House (1922), which will be screened as part of the event. Rainham Sheds will perform a newly commissioned live soundtrack to the film, using their song 'Sex with Furniture' as a starting point for improvisation and punk durational sound.
Aaron Williamson's interdisciplinary engagement with performance, objects, place and space is inspired by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised yet humorous sensibility towards disability.
The Rainham Sheds are Kate Mahony - vocals, Gemma Fleet - guitar, Jenna Finch - drums, and Maria Doohan - keys.