Performances: Rachel Cheung
December 2018- January 2019
'Introducing the preservation of the future... Absence of what is to become in the future, will be conserved as the past. Cold chills that freeze us in time, freeze us into the future.' 

‘A-B-C-D’ is a four-part installation performance, where the gallery becomes the artist’s ‘cold room’ for the production of four speculative art objects of the future : ‘A’ (AUTOMATION), ‘B’ (BOX), ‘C’(CONSERVE), ‘D’ (DISSOLVE).

The ‘specimens’ will be performed on these dates:

‘A’ (AUTOMATION): Thu 6 Dec, 8 – 8.30pm 

‘B’ (BOX):  Sat 15 Dec, 4.15 – 4.45pm (After Daniel Rourke’s talk)

‘C’ (CONSERVE): Fri 4 Jan 2019, 3 – 3.30pm

‘D’ (DISSOLVE): Fri 11 Jan 2019, 3 – 3.30pm

The making of each specimen in ‘A-B-C-D’ plays with the speculative futures of artists' spaces, considering the homogenisation of living and working spaces and the performative role of making art objects and artistic processes. The live performances look at the relationship between physical and virtual materials and the role of the human bodies within a performance space; playing between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ spaces, Cheung examines the position of the human body using choreographic and improvised movements that activate the installations. The residual actions left behind after the performances allows for speculation of imagined actions and methods. As these specimens are made in succession, they perhaps gradually indicate a pattern to predict the making of future objects.

Rachel Cheung (UK) is a performance and interdisciplinary artist based in London who has recently finished her MFA Fine Art Programme at Goldsmiths University. Her practice investigates the futurologies of humans and technology in conjunction with digital game culture and science fictions within contemporary art. Cheung has previously exhibited across London and North West of UK, and has recently been awarded Red Mansion Prize for Goldsmiths of 2018.