The Transformation of Things

Rachel Margetts.

A Video and Performance Installation. Post Production Video and Sound Piece,                                 Islington Mill, Salford, 9/12/15.

How do we deal with information on an unconscious level? When we slip out of ourselves, value judgments can dissolve and experiences are presented to us in a raw light. Information and memory can become indistinguishable; we can be both ‘here’ and ‘there’. ‘The Transformation Of Things’ was an interactive installation and performance space. An immersive video installation provided a backdrop to a series of experimental performances. The original video peice which formed the basis of the installation took influence from the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in ‘A Thousand Plateaus’. In this video piece, a rhizomatic structure is approached to discuss the interaction between the internal information we produce and the external information we receive.

For the live event, I commissioned a group of artists and musicians to respond through performance to alternating stills from the original video piece. The night included performances from: Gloomy Planets, Anna FC Smith, Ecka Davies and Rachel Margetts, Sandra Bouguerch and Jackie Haynes, Stephen James, Ben Osborn, Harry Taylor, Stuart Carlton, King Chris, Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer. The responses would happen spontaneously across the night in this installation space. The intention was to generate a lucidity between the video piece and the specificity of the individuals. This looked to challenge the performer-audience binary in creating what Deluze described as a space of “non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation”.

The Transformation of Things: Post- production piece.

The Transformation of Things original video was later used by contemporary classical composer Josephine Stephenson for her event Listenpony at The Coveryard, London (December 2015). For this performance she used the video piece in conjunction to a live score titled ‘Through the Bleak Midwinter”.

The Transformation of things: with Josephine Stephenson and Ben Osborn