Barry Sykes, “It Must Be Told.”
Preview Friday 25th April
Installation continues 26th April – 24th May 2014
Performances Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th May. FREE, booking essential
Courtesy Barry Sykes, 2014.
Enclave has invited artist Barry Sykes to adapt his performance lecture “It Must Be Told.” into a month-long installation in Guest Projects. Originally commissioned by Arnolfini, Bristol for ‘4 Days: Curtain Call’(2013) “It Must Be Told.” is a work-in-progress dramatisation of Sykes’ ongoing research into a long-running 1980s/1890s ghost play.
The gallery installation acts as an enigmatic display of this research to date and also the pretext and stage set for a series of talks delivered on the final weekend. Utilising stage directions, makeshift props, PowerPoint, model-making, footnotes, one acting lesson at RADA and 64 near-identical jpegs, Sykes walks us through his fascination with the mechanics of this relentlessly popular production. “It’s the repeated adverts that haunt the local press, the ongoing recasting decisions, the habits, the adjustments, the building that’s heard it recited 10,000 times and the regular-as-clockwork gasps of terror.”
“It Must Be Told.” also forms part of Sykes’ larger research project, ‘The International Hermit Conference’, a purposefully subjective and scattershot inquiry into the ambiguities of escape and immersion, looking at how we pursue singular ideas, relate to each other and retreat into architecture.
To conclude this exhibition, Sykes presents a weekend of three live performances of “It Must Be Told.”, each varying slightly due to rewrites, practice and human error:
The First Night: Friday 23rd May, 7pm
The Matinee: Saturday 24th May, 3pm
The End of The Run: Saturday 24th May, 7pm
The performance lasts 1hr. Book now to reserve your place.
Barry Sykes is an artist who works across a variety of different media, including sculpture, video, photography, installation, and performance, normally utilising basic or frugal materials and techniques. Often working in direct response to a particular situation, location or person, his practice explores the accommodation of error, quantifying experience, shortfall and absurdity.
Sykes is currently ICIA Artist in Residence 2013/14 at the University of Bath. Recent solo exhibitions include Recreate a Nervy Pistol? (An Early Retrospective), Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK (2011); The Desperate Designer, Gallop, London (Part of the London Design Festival 2009) and I Was Born The Day Heidegger Died (But I Don’t Know Much About His Work), i-cabin, London (2008). Recent events have been presented at Kings ARI, Melbourne (2014); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Limoncello, London (2012); The Showroom, London (2012); Spike Island, Bristol (2012); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010) and the Immersive Vision Theatre, Plymouth (2011).