CREATED AND PERFORMED BY LIZ CROW
A 48-hour around-the-clock live performance by Liz Crow
Part of the People Like You exhibition
Salisbury Arts Centre & via social media
10 – 12 April 2013, starting 2.00pm
BEDDING OUT emerges from the current welfare benefits overhaul, which threatens many with poverty and a propagandist campaign that has seen disability hate crime leap by 50%. Coinciding with the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment, which replaces Disability Living Allowance from 8 April 2013, it sees Liz taking her private bed-oriented life and placing it in the public arena for all to see over a 48-hour period.
“I wear a public self that is energetic, dynamic and happening, but I am also ill and spend much of life in bed,“ explains artist-activist Liz Crow. “The private self is neither beautiful nor grownup. It does not win friends or accolades, and I conceal it carefully, but the benefits system demands a reversal – my private self paraded to justify support.“
As she contends with the contradictions of the benefits system, Liz explains: “For some months, I have lain low for fear of being penalised, but instead of letting fear determine who I am, I’d rather stare it in the face. Bedding Out is a performance in which I take my private self and make it public -something I have not done in over 30 years.“
“Since the public me is carefully constructed, this will be a kind of un-performing of my self. I want to make a twilight existence visible, but more than that, I want to show that what many people see as contradiction – what they describe as fraud – is only the complexity of real life. This is not a work of tragedy, but a work of in/visibility and complication; a chance to perform my self without façade.“
Members of the public will be invited to participate in ‘Bedside Conversations’ throughout the performance, gathering around the bed to talk about the work, its backdrop and its politics.
Free entry. Duration 40 minutes.
Watch online at www.roaring-girl.com
Wed 10 Apr – 2.00pm and 6.00pm – Online and Salisbury Arts Centre
Thu 11 Apr – 12.00pm (Twitter) and 3.15pm – Online and Salisbury Arts Centre
Fri 12 Apr – 10.15am – Online and Salisbury Arts Centre
To attend Bedside Conversations in person, members of the public can sign up at the Salisbury Arts Centre website
Phone: 01722 321744
Alternatively, users will be able watch online and participate via Twitter #beddingout.
A BSL interpreter and live subtitles will be available for all Bedside Conversations.
Wheelchair accessible venue.
At a previous version of this performance, the artist was contacted by several individuals who were delighted that her work had helped make them and the issues they face more visible, but many expressed that they were too ill to attend in person. In response, this iteration Bedding Out will use social media to involve absent people virtually.
Follow @RGPLizCrow and use the #beddingout hashtag to take part in the conversation.
Join our Twitter-based Bedside Conversation on Thu 11 Apr at noon.
Anyone not on Twitter can text us: 07784 899514 and we can upload what they say to Twitter. Typing ‘MySecret’ before the message ensures that their message will be tweeted anonymously.
VIA THE WEB:
Bedding Out will be live streamed throughout the 48 hours at http://www.roaring-girl.com. Bedside Conversations will be live streamed with audio, BSL interpretation and live subtitles.
Notes to Editors
More information at:
To arrange an interview or request further information and images:
Please contact Matthew on 01179 293335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT
www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk / 01722 321744
Open 10.00am – 3.00pm
And on the web throughout: www.roaring-girl.com.
Liz Crow is an artist-activist working with performance, film, audio and text. She is drawn to drama, life stories and experimental work, and the potential of storytelling to trigger change. A former NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) fellow and founder of Roaring Girl Productions, Liz’s work has shown at London’s Tate Modern and the British Film Institute, as well as on television and at festivals internationally.
Prior works include an appearance on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square as part of sculptor Antony Gormley’s One and Other project. Liz’s provocative and controversial performance was part of a larger film-based installation, Resistance: which way the future?, that tours the UK and internationally.
Roaring Girl Productions is a creative media projects company based in Bristol, founded by writer-director and activist Liz Crow. It undertakes media productions, training and associated projects, combining high quality creativity with practical activism. www.roaring-girl.com
People Like You is a purposefully participatory new touring show of work by artists Sue Austin, Liz Crow and Gini that tackles the subjectivity and perceptions of disability, and the place of Disability Arts in the wider art sector. Through performance, film, sculpture and audience interaction, it explores commonalities of human experience and also conjures some very uncommon experiences of its own. Salisbury Arts Centre, 8 March – 12 April 2013.
Bedding Out is funded by Arts Council England.