Live performance from The Foundling series (2014).
Terry Smith, The Foundling. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.
Born 1956. Lives and
works in London.
Artist Terry Smith is
best known for his carvings into the plaster of walls, mainly in derelict
buildings and spaces. His performances are collaborations with artists from
various backgrounds. In 2008, Smith was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Smith continues working on his on-going
multi-disciplinary project The Foundling.
Initially commissioned by Gill Hedley for the Foundling Museum’s contemporary
art program, The Foundling is constructed in a series of individual and related
sequences that have been developed through a series of live performances that
have taken place over the last years. Using found images and sounds as well as
deconstructed scores by Handel and Vivaldi, The
Foundling plays with ideas of the hidden and the lost. In a year, which
celebrates Baroque music this piece acknowledged the active contributions that
Handel and Vivaldi both made to institutions in London and Venice respectively,
dedicated to giving vulnerable and destitute children a second chance at life.
The special live version performed at the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK includes commissioned texts by Mel Gooding. Recorded music deconstructed score with Oliver Oates and Ian Dearden.
Live Music Performance with:
Marita Isobel Solberg (Voice)
Giorgio de Battisti (Violin)
Mauro Sambo (Sax)
Samanta Cinquini, MIcaela Leonardi (Performer)
Coordinated by Jennifer Macmillan Johnson for Studio Contemporaneo.
+ A Special Event of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia at Ca' Pesaro Museo Internazionale d'Arte Moderna. +
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