James Findlay, Stasis
March 16th, 2017
EMBASSY x Hutt Collective present: Best Of
An evening of performance with James St Findlay and Stasis. A short performance will be repeated three times across the night, please only book for one of the slots, 6pm, 7pm or 8pm.
James St Findlay, a 2016 graduate of Edinburgh College of art who’s work exists in a nebulous void that I will just call “experiential performance”. My work is usually concerned with the creation of rich narratives;
– I tried to get my wife pregnant through the visualisation of our perfect child without making love to her even once
– I walked arm in arm with a honey fed 15 year old girl called Naia who fell down a sinkhole and died 30,000 years ago
– I found a series of recordings inside different cave systems throughout the world
– I reenacted Rhea’s giving of a rock swaddled in cloth to Cronos
– I ritualistically drowned a snake and carried it through a crowd of dancing people
I endeavour with each performance to create an experience for those present
I just want you to have a good time.
I am trying my best to give you guys a good time, I am trying to get healthy and I am trying to leave it all behind me, to move on, to start fresh. These things take time and all I ask of you is patience, compassion, and love.
Stasis is Aniela, Isabel, Olivia and Paloma. Their collaborative practice was born out of a shared desire to probe the intricacies of femininity through performance. They work between Glasgow and London and met whilst studying at Edinburgh College of Art and The University of Edinburgh. Their work includes performance-installations at Inverleith House and Summerhall in Edinburgh, dance choreography for Glasgow International Festival alongside Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, and a collaboration with fellow Glasgow-based artists Pester & Rossi for Baltic 39 (all 2016). They last worked with James Findlay for Galitzine and Mackenzie’s anti-Frieze march ‘Pompe’ in London in October and they look forward to treading the boards with him again in Nottingham.