Toynbee Court Room, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB , 27 July 2015

Milk + Blood: A new performance by artist Franko B

Franko B (Milan, 1960) will showcase Milk + Blood at Toynbee Studios - his first London performance for over two years. Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B will use both his body and a punch bag as democratic tools, embodying notions of the personal, political and poetic. In this unprecedented performance Franko B returns to the seminal aesthetics of the wound. Milk will bleed. Located in Toynbee’s atmospheric Court Room, a former juvenile court, Milk & Blood appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for twelve two minute rounds of mental and physical endurance. Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, the performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and the ability to overcome.

‘Looking introspectively, I can truly say that I have successfully wrecked my career as a “bleeding” artist and continued my lust for life thanks to language.’ Franko B

Schedule

  • Thu 26 July 2018

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work | the Grundy, Blackpool

    ‘Staging and Film Sets’

    Thursday 26th July 4-6pm
    Brunswick Room, Central Library, Blackpool.
    Booking required via Grundy Art Gallery

    The fifth event in the What We Talk About ... series of public discussions will explore artist’s practices that work with film, installation and theatre, considering in particular how the site specific ‘staging’ of film can facilitate nuanced encounters that both extend and inform a viewer’s experience. Speakers include filmmaker Chris Paul Daniels, Stockholm based academic and researcher Annika Wik and curators Poppy Bowers (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester), Paulette Terry Brien (Grundy Art Gallery) and Will Rose (Pavilion, Leeds).

  • Thu 23 August 2018

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work | the Whitworth | Manchester

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