Crash Test Dummy at Health & Safety Violation

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Crash Test Dummy, October 26, 2012 Live Art Performance
Crash Test Dummy at Health & Safety Violation

Enclave 8, 50 Resolution Way
London SE8 4AL
United Kingdom
October 26th, 2012 - November 24th, 2012
Opening: October 26th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Other (outside main areas)
Wednesday to Saturday 12 - 6pm
photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, sculpture


This project brings together performance artist Tom Estes with sculptor Ben Woodeson in an experimental collaboration; neither knowing exactly what will happen and ultimately what or who will survive. The Health & Safety Violation collaboration is an evolving experiment documented by visitors to the exhibition; performance art interacting with fragile and ephemeral sculptures, a world where every action has consequences both known and unknown.

As a starting point a huge pane of glass is precariously balanced on two supports. In the performance one of the supports is removed and Estes, dressed as a Crash Test Dummy uses his head as a ballast to keep the whole thing in balance so the glass doesn’t fall and smash on the floor.

Coinciding with South London’s 'Last Fridays' events on 26th October, the opening of Health & Safety Violation features Tom Estes performing seemingly inconsequential actions within the deliberately dangerous and fragile environment by Ben Woodeson’s Health & Safety Violation sculpture. 

'Every action has an equal an opposite reaction' has never been truer. Tom Estes’ actions contribute to a balanced equilibrium. A symbiotic relationship exists between sculpture and performance; inbuilt entropy where every action or inaction has potentially catastrophic consequences. Documentation of the evenings actions is performed by visitors to the exhibition using a communal camera; selected images will be displayed for the duration of the exhibition.