3, 2, 1 FIGHT!
November 8 - 30, 2013
Opening: November 8, 17:00 - 22:00. Fight 20:30
Friday November 8 at 20:30
Friday November 15 at 17:30
Friday November 22 at 17:30
Friday November 29 at 22:00
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“…it is perhaps the case too that the desire is not merely to mimic but, magically, to be brute, primitive, instinctive, and therefore innocent. One might then be a person for whom the contest is not mere self-destructive play but life itself; and the world, not in spectacular and irrevocable decline, but new, fresh, vital, terrifying and exhilarating by turns, a place of wonders”. (On Boxing, Joyce Carol Oates, 1987)
3, 2, 1 FIGHT! is a sculptural installation, an audio visual performance, a violent, voyeuristic spectacle and an exercise in strength, agility and stamina all at once. It celebrates the attack, domination and animal panic, it worships struggle and attempts to force you into complete submission using only its hands and body – a modern day mythopoeic metaphor for a fight to the death. It is in love with mastery, physical prowess and mutual respect. It demands attention, needs you to listen and work those sharp reflexes. It wants to choke you until you tap out.
Each Friday there will be a live action event where another brave fighter is invited to enter the hexagon with the artist. The rules are simple, strikes are allowed to the body but not to the head, a fighter may be submitted through joint locks and chokes to the side of the neck, however, eye poking, small joint manipulation and windpipe techniques are forbidden. Members of the public who are interested in participating through an open challenge, please contact New Shelter Plan for more information.
Louise Lindvall is an artist based in Stockholm, she works primarily with performance and in her practice one can meet a wide variety of expressions such as contemporary pole dance, storytelling, modern dance, large scale sculptural installations and self-produced video games. For 3, 2, 1, FIGHT! she will create a site specific work, and incorporate her modest proficiency in Mixed Martial Arts into a performative installation with live action events happening throughout the period of the exhibition.