Kate McIntosh [NZ/BE]
04.12 – 10.12.2016
Worktable is a live installation - you’re welcome to visit for a short or a long time. The installation takes place in a series of rooms, you must sign in to enter, and you stay as long as you like. Once inside you'll get instructions, equipment and safety goggles so you can get to work. You can brutally hack to pieces or gently dismantle a teacup, umbrella, alarm clock or newspaper. There is no question of rubbish: further instructions, other spaces and other actions follow.
Worktable sets a chain in motion that makes you think about the material world around us. A subtle play of actions and memories calls into question our ceaseless urge to manufacture things. With an instruction manual under your arm – one spectator at a time – you are on your way to facing up to your own responsibility. There’s a lot of work to be done!
• The New Zealander Kate McIntosh lives in Brussels and is artist-in-residence at the Kaaitheater. With performances like Dark Matter (2009), Untried Untested (2012) and All Ears (2013) she cheerfully knocks together an oeuvre that calls into question our daily routines.
concept and realisation Kate McIntosh | production SPIN | Worktable was commissioned in the frame of the event Performance Is a Dirty Work funded by Roehampton University | with thanks to Bruno Roubicek, Hester Chillingworth, Caroline Daish, Palli Banine, Ant Hampton, Joe Kelleher, Tim Etchells, Adrian Heathfield, Simon Bayly