The full programme has just been
announced for the SPILL Festival of Performance which will be
taking place from 3 - 14 April across London at various venues including the
Barbican, Soho Theatre and Toynbee Studios.
It includes a very exciting young
artist called Jamie Lewis Hadley, whose politically charged work is centred
around his use of blood. His new piece for the festival is called Analogue
to a Blunt Trauma. This
performance attempts to combine and subvert the aesthetics, techniques and
materials that exist within medical, cinematic and live art practices.
Attempting to both blur the boundary between artifice and reality and promote
discussion about multiple contemporary blood and firearm politics.
Jamie explains that his use of
blood "comes from a frustration that I am
unable to donate blood because I have had sex with a man ‘in the last 12 months’.
Secondly, I believe a wider audience can engage with performance work that uses
blood when medical equipment and professionals are used to extract and exhibit
the blood." He also hopes that the topical use of a live firearm in the piece
will highlight and raise questions around this current social and political
For more information on Jamie and the
festival, visit spillfestival.com