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per.doc | project space | Feb 18-20 | Model the Model: a performed action

Artists: Barbara Campbell + Clare Grant

Performances Sat Feb 19th, 5-6pm (Limited capacity event)
Open 11am - 5pm | Fri-Sun

Clare Grant costume trial for Model the Model performed action by Barbara Campbell and Clare Grant, 5pm February 20, Articulate, Sydney. Photo: Barbara Campbell

In Model the Model, Campbell and Grant re-articulate a small terracotta figure made somewhere between the 3rd Century BCE and the 2nd Century CE. 

The figure comes from an undocumented location somewhere in Southern Italy and is currently stored in a drawer in Rome. This object—like others in the same drawer and in other drawers in the same cabinet, other cabinets in the same room of the museum—comes with a “commentary” that is itself a re-articulation or, better, a re-animation, in which object is made subject. Sentences such as “She stands on her left leg, right drawn back.” and “The tips of her feet project from the hem of her garment.” introduce us to a woman standing somewhere in time and space while she, as object still lies in a museum drawer in Rome. She is stood up. She becomes a “standing woman.”
Model the Model is a limited capacity event (taking account of Covid restrictions) in which Campbell sets the conditions for Grant as ‘model’ to take the position of standing woman. Grant will oscillate between subject and object, perhaps to the point of shimmering, perhaps to the point of energetic stillness. The state or status of the standing woman is relayed to others in the room who act on the figure through acute attention, choosing their own role either as writer, artist or more distanced observer.


Conditions of entry:

NSW Public Health Order requires all visitors over 16 years of age,
To sign in with the QR code provided at the entrance,
Wear a mask, social distancing rules will also apply.
Please don't come if you are feeling unwell.
Articulate is a registered Covid Safe business.