Crash Test Dummy at Health and Safety Violation
Performance artist Tom Estes with sculptor Ben Woodeson in an experimental collaboration at Lubomirov-Easton
26 October to 24 November 2012
Enclave 8, 50 Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AL
This project brought together performance artist Tom Estes with sculptor Ben Woodeson in an experimental collaboration; neither knowing exactly what would happen and ultimately what or who would survive.
The H&SV collaboration was 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 used his head as a ballast to keep the whole thing in balance so the glass didn’t fall and smash on the floor.
The opening of Health & Safety Violation featured Tom Estes performing a seemingly inconsequential actions within the deliberately dangerous and fragile environment outlined by Ben Woodeson’s Health & Safety Violation sculptures. '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.
Crash Test Dummy by Tom Estes in collaboration with Ben Woodeson at Health & Safety Violation