Rooting through an Exeter junk shop Alice Tatton-Brown came across an engineer’s photographs of his wife, Ariel. The images fascinated her, and so began a process which developed into a performance that imagines the future.
Ariel, which will be at Exeter Central Library from October 19 to October 26, tells an intimate story about a pioneering engineer John and his wife Ariel, an avant garde dancer, and what they left behind. It is the re-working of a mystery and a love story.
The work is part audio walk, part installation, and part performance. Ariel is about what we create together, what remains of us, and of what our modern preoccupation with photography and documentation might reveal to us, says the blurb.
It was borne out of Alice’s research into the couple whose photos she found in the junk shop – the patterns created by researching and documenting their lives, and the relationship between such patterns and our own futures.
Ariel is just one of art group Kaleider‘s five autumn of events, which also features Where To Build The Walls That Protect Us. They are all taking place in public spaces throughout Exeter ‘and all of them interruptive, and testing the boundaries of audience experience, the events offer something meaningful in everyday surroundings’.
Ariel by Alice Tatton-Brown takes place from October 19 to October 26 at Exeter Central Library. Tickets are Pay As Much As You Can (with a break-even price of £8). Performances run every half hour between 9.30am and 5.30pm everyday except Sunday. Order your tickets now, and let us know about your experience of the show.
The showings on October 24 and 25 are the most accessible physically, we are told.