Chetwynd will create a new unique performance based on a live game show. Two teams, ‘The Oppressed Purée’ and ‘Women Who Refuse To Grow Old Gracefully’, will take part in a live competition. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra recreating seal music, they will perform mime and dance routines in order to compete for the glory of a ride on ‘The Cat Bus’, a character brought to life from Studio Ghibli’s anime film, Totoro My Neighbour. The event will be a spirited contest, incorporating Chetwynd’s interest in amateur performance, handmade costume, and a number of conflating influences, ranging from Mae West to John Waters, via Doris Lessing and the Marx Brothers.
Spartacus Chetwynd (b.1973) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘The Snail Race’, Massimo de Carlo Gallery, Milan (2008), ‘Help! I’m Trapped in a Muzuzah Factory’, Le Consortium, Dijon (2008) and ‘Spartacus Chetwynd’, migros museum, Zurich (2007). Group shows and projects include: South London Cultural Centre, London and Helmut Newton Ladies Nights, ‘Event Horizon’, Royal Academy, London (both 2009). Forthcoming shows include: ‘British Art Show’, Hayward Touring Exhibitions and Le Printemps de Septembre à Toulouse (both 2010).
Frieze Projects is a programme of artists’ commissions realised annually at Frieze Art Fair. In 2010 it is curated by Sarah McCrory and includes includes nine specially commissioned projects as well as the Cartier Award and collaborations with our 2010 EU partner institution Vector Association (Romania).
Those commissioned to create site-specific work for Frieze Art Fair 2010 are: Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist, Spartacus Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, Shannon Ebner and Dexter Sinister, Gabriel Kuri, Shahryar Nashat, Nick Relph, Annika Ström and Jeffrey Vallance.
Download a copy of the 2010 Frieze Projects’ flyer here: Projects 2010