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

  • Sat 4 March 2017

    ARC | Live Library: Performing the Self

    Speakers:

    Corin Sworn, Artist, Ben Roberts, Director, Artists’ Research Centre, Dr M A Katritzky, Open University, Robb Mitchell, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Dr Bernie Hogan, University of Oxford, Dr Elsa Richardson, Queen Mary, University of London, Gil Leung, Artist, William Rose, Producer Pavillion, Leeds

    The public performance of a self, from the early modern stage to the digital platforms of social media, is central to human identity – how we understand ourselves and are perceived by others. An investigation of this performance of the self in society, its changing formats and contexts, has been at the core of Corin Sworn’s ARC Fellowship.

    Live Library: Performing the Self, presents a spectrum of research concerned with how ideas of the ‘self’ are manifested in our culture. Is an individual defined by their professional activity, their financial status, their emotional state or creative output? How has society’s willingness to understand the self as a combination of these factors created new ways for identity to be expressed across these registers? What is the future for how we can present ourselves to the world and how will this affect our interactions with others?

    To mark the culmination of Sworn’s Fellowship, a group of artists, writers and academics have been invited to give presentations of their work, considering these and other questions. The presentations, including talks, film and performance will be followed by conversations with Sworn about the ways these ideas connect to her practice - a Live Library; a performance of research made public.

  • Tue 14 March 2017

    RCA | Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Nina Power chaired by Michael Newman

    Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Do we still have a subconscious?

  • Tue 25 April 2017

    RCA | Luc Tuymans & Gilane Tawadros chairing by Georgios Kontis

    Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Cultural ID & Europe, Authenticity

  • Tue 9 May 2017

    QUAD Arts centre | PaintingDigitalPhotography conference

    The PaintingDigitalPhotography conference seeks to investigate how artists and theorists are currently engaged in critical discourses around the shifting relationships of painting, photography, and digital manipulation. How are these mediums being defined in their connection to one another as new hybrid forms are being created through their combination? What do these combinations tell us about these mediums and disciplines, their natures and practices, in the digital age? In what ways might digital imaging and manipulation enable a painting / photography interconnectivity? Central to the debate will be the focus on the blurred boundaries, common threads, antagonisms, distinctions, and growing interrelationship between painting, photography, and ‘the digital’ in the development of new creative practices.