Tom Estes' Live Art Performance CAKE HOLE at Nottingham Contemporary
On August 30th 2012 Tom Estes staged his Live Art Performance Cake Hole at Nottingham Contemporary as part of the In Dialogue Symposium. In Dialogue is an International Symposium thatl interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice. In Dialogue focused on performance, translation, as a methodology and curatorial practice, through a number of panel discussions, performances, workshops and presentations.
As an artist Tom Estes has always leaned toward making Live Art performance work that is participatory or immersive in some way. In his performance CAKE HOLE Estes cut holes in donuts while members of the audience take pictures on a communal camera that is passed around. The simple act of cutting holes in donuts or 'punching holes in donuts' is based on a slang term in activist circles meaning doing something that has little or no real impact. The title of the work 'Cake Hole' is also from a slang term. Generally expressed as ‘shut your cakehole’ it means ‘shut up and keep your opinions to yourself’.
The audience participation means that they go beyond mere spectatorship to become part of the performance, and the pictures are then posted on on-line social networking sites and web sites for another, wider on-line audience. http://
In Dialogue utilized an eclectic mix of approaches and provide an opportunity for local, national and international dialogue between participants. The symposium grew out of a conversation regarding individual research interests; it deliberately sets out to present different ways in which the arts/artist use this term.
In Dialogue was curated by Viviana Checchia, Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Slade, and supported by Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University – where each of the aforementioned participants are studying for their practice led PhD’s. It took place at three sites across the city of Nottingham on August 30th – 31st August, supported by Nottingham Contemporary.
The program included a communal meal at a local Community Hall on Thursday evening and a day of activities at Primary, an artist-led space. Resident Artist Rhiannon Slade curated the In Dialogue Symposium with fellow artists Heather Connelly and Viviana Checchia which took place at Primary on the 31st August 2012. There was a fantastic line up of guest speakers and a jam packed two days of live performances, papers and panel discussions with artists, researchers and curators from Palestine, Scotland, Canada, USA, Italy, Serbia, Germany and UK. http://
In Dialogue presenters and international panelists included:
Helen and Newton Harrison, WochenKlausur, Katarina Zdjelar, Clare Charnley,Fucking Good Art, John Newling, Alexandra Ross, Bisan Abu Eisheh, Mirna Bamieh, Dr. Alex Mevel, Bartram and O'Neill, Rebecca Beinart, Trio Collective,Tom Estes, Traci Kelly, Steve Fossey, Julie Fournier Levesque, Matthews and Allen, Rachel Parry, Miffy Ryan, Helena Tomlin and Julie Davis, 20//20, Simon Withers
Event was chaired by Dr Anna Ball