Live Art Performance: Malta

August 22, 2015


Tom Estes Live Art Performance: The Anomaly
 outside the Co-Cathedral of St. John, Valletta. The most famous artist who worked in Malta has to be Caravaggio. His 'work is on display inside, the Oratory of the Co-Cathedral of St. John, Valletta. However, while in Malta, Caravaggio was imprisoned in Fort St. Angelo (accused of sodomy) and later escaped to Sicily, only to die two years later at the age of 38 still hounded by the forces of justice.

I created this character ‘The Bell Ringer’ for a performance in Malta. The costume for the performance is a fusion of characters from The Terminator and The Matrix and so is reflective of our on-going relationship to sexual images within the cybersphere.The Performance took place between the streets of Valletta and the cinema and was also accompanied by projected visuals

The performance was inspired by the context of the exhibition in an old pornography cinema in Valletta and the past practice in many Catholic countries of censoring certain images from films. This practice was made famous in a scene from Cinema Paradiso in which a priest rings a bell in order that
 the projectionist cuts certain images from the film before public viewing.

Live Art Performance 'The Anomaly'' by Tom Estes deals with censorship and was staged during Notte Bianca on the streets of Valletta and at the City Lights Cinema- This is the only adult movie theatre operating in Malta. It is located within the small Ritz Arcade in the ancient part of the city. 

The Malta Council for Culture & the Arts organizes Notte Bianca with the support of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government. The event sees Valletta become an ‘open city’ of culture. The program is designed to ensure every area of Valletta is involved, from City Gate to the far end of the peninsula. 

The Notte Bianca (or Nuit Blanche in French) concept came from Jean Blaise, who founded the Centre de recherche pour le développement culturel (Research Center for Cultural Development) in Nantes, France, in 1984. In 1989, the Helsinki Festival established its Night of the Arts, "when every gallery, museum and bookshop is open until midnight or later and the whole city becomes one giant performance and carnival venue".That same year, Jean-Marc Ayrault became mayor of Nantes, and his program included renovating the central city and establishing a "contemporary patrimony", which led Blaise to create a late-night cultural festival, "Les Allumées" ("The Lighted Up"). His concept was to have an arts festival in Nantes, 6 p.m. till 6 a.m., over six years with artists from six cities. 



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Emoticon @ The Encyclopedic Palace, La Biennale di Venezia

August 22, 2015


Emoticon @ The Encyclopedic Palace, La Biennale di Venezia 2013 for The Biennial Project

http://www.the-biennial-project.com/VB2013Accepted.aspx


You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to explain some important historical connection, drawing up a grand theory of art or science or human progress, and there it is, as if by reflex: the hand lifts in front of them like an upturned claw, the f...
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Emoticon at The Old Royal Naval College

August 22, 2015


Live Art Performance EMOTICON by Tom Estes for Communication Futures at The Old Royal Naval College during DRHA 2014. Monday September 1st
http://www.drha2014.co.uk/?cat=12.

You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to explain some important historical connection, drawing up a grand theory of art or science or human progress, and there it is, as if by reflex: the hand lifts in front of them...
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LARS (Lethal Autonomous Robot Series)

September 5, 2013




Through this new performance work artist Tom Estes expands on some of the issues

explored in a new report from the United Nations Human Rights Commission which suggests

that weapons systems that can attack targets without any human input need to be regulated.

Airborne drones are becoming commonplace, especially in the military. A new report from the

United Nations Human Rights Commission suggests that lethal autonomous robots need to be

regulated before they become the military weapons of the futu...


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Emoticon @ The Visual Collective

June 14, 2013


Emoticon by Tom Estes
Portrait of Modern Movement
Visual Collective Space,
10 Vyner Street
London
E2 9DG 

www.thevisualcollective.co.uk
www.artpendeo.co.uk

As much as 90% of human communication is done without words. Gestures, facial expressions, and posture provide information about a person's emotions and relationships with others. People often hold their hands near their faces as a gesture in natural conversation. You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in coll...


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Beg, Borrrow, Steal

May 4, 2013

 
Man With A Camera- Tom Estes in performance/ talk at the event Beg, Borrow, Steal at Dilston Grove Saturday, April 27, 2013.

" A programme of live art at CGP London Dilston Grove featuring a host of artists from dark corners, glittery stages, white-walled galleries and gravelly gutters. For centuries, it has been widely recognised that many who create that anomaly known as "art" may well be looked upon as outsiders, deviants, depraved or mad ...and vice versa. BEG, BORROW, STEAL will call upo...

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SPAM

May 4, 2013


For his Live Art Performance SPAM at The London Art Fair artist Tom Estes fell asleep while wearing the mask of a protocol droid.

In Estes' work, audience members are asked to interact with the performance by taking pictures on what the artist calls a "communal camera". The pictures are then posted on social networking sites for another, wider on-line audience. This is what Estes refers to as 'Harnessing The Hive' - as the view of the central performance is mediated and digitally recorded thro...

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Crash Test Dummy

May 4, 2013


Live Art Performance 'Crash Test Dummy' by Tom Estes, Part of Health & Safety Violation: A collaboration between Ben Woodeson and Tom Estes

Health & Safety Violation is a project initiated at Lubomirov-Easton which brought together performance artist Tom Estes and sculptor Ben Woodeson in an experimental collaboration; neither knowing exactly what would happen. The Health & Safety Violation collaboration was an evolving experiment documented by visitors to the exhibition; ephemeral performance...

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CAKE HOLE by Tom Estes at Nottingham Contemporary

November 16, 2012

 
 In the performance CAKE HOLE artist Tom Estes cuts holes in donuts while members of the audience take pictures on a communal camera that is passed around.

The simple act of cutting holes in donuts or 'punching holes in donuts' is based on a slang term in activist circles meaning doing something that has little or no real impact. The title of the work is also from a slang term. Generally expressed as ‘shut your cakehole’ it means ‘shut up and keep your opinions to yourself’.

As an arti...

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Portable Black Hole- Embassy Galleries Annuale

October 19, 2012


 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One- Tom Estes- Portable Black Hole, June 8th 2012 Remember the Road Runner Show? Simple in its premise, the Road Runner, a flightless cartoon bird, is chased down the highways of the south western United States by a hungry cartoon coyote, named Wile E. Coyote (a pun on "wily coyote"). Despite numerous clever attempts, and the use of a variety of ludicrous devices from that fictitious mail-order company ACME, Wile E. Coyote never catches or kills the R...
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Portable Black Hole at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

October 19, 2012


 Portable Black Hole-Live Art Guerrilla Action  by Tom Estes at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - NYC. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (often referred to as "The Guggenheim") is a well-known museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. However, while most have heard of Frank Lloyd Wright and Solomon R. Guggenheim few people are familiar with the name Hilla Rebay as she has largely been written out of the history of the museum. Hilla Rabey was a collector and first director of The Museum of Non-Ob...
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Night Cleaning at Mile End Pavilion

October 18, 2012


Tower Hamlets Spring Open- Scale and Place

Mile End Art Pavilion 
 Selected by Rise Art and ALISN

Artists Reception: Wednesday 28 March 6-9pm
Exhibition Continues: 30 March - 7 April
Gallery Open: Mon-Fri 2-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-6pm

Tom Estes | Felicity Hammond | Rab Harling | Brian D Hodgson | Thorsten Knaub | Gina Lundy | Patrick Morrissey | Minou Norouzi | Emer O'Brien | Daniel Shanken | Rachel Wilberforce | Mary Yacoob

For the second annual Tower Hamlets Spring Open, ALISN and Rise Art invited artists...

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Swampy- Venice Flooded!

June 8, 2012



 Venice is flooded

Swampy: Venice is Flooded - Live Art Guerrilla Action as part of 'Bizzare Artist Happenings' with The Biennial Project  (as featured by Tate Shots at The 54th  Venice Bienniale) 


 

On the 7th of  June 2011, the waters of the lagoon rose up and flooded Venice. As the waters rose, a strange creature appeared out of nowhere, and climbed the steps up from the Lagoon and entered the Giardini while the Venice Biennale was taking place... 




Through the Live Art Performance 'Swampy', ar...


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Night Cleaning at Elevator Gallery

June 7, 2012


 
Night Cleaning at 'Vanishing Point' at Elevator Gallery
from Friday the 29th of October until the 14th of November 2010.

For most artists, presence of an identifiable artwork be it object or sound, is of utmost importance, but for Vanishing Point the curators have invited artists to make work that is either hidden, discreet, or at the cusp of vanishing. The white walled space of the gallery appears at first glance to be just itself; an empty white space, but it houses the work of 50 contempora...
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Sewing Performance Tate Modern

June 7, 2012


 
 Tom Estes in Sewing Performance for The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM), a 3-day market organised as Post-Museum's contribution to No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents, held in Tate Modern.


"This sewing performance was intended as a viral extension of a performance created as the culmination of a residency at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The work was conceived in relation to the site of Trinity Buoy Wharf- a place of both extreme poverty and extreme wealth; of crumbling and overgrown Docks,...
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'Night Cleaning' at Rhizomatic

June 7, 2012


   


On Friday the 8th of October, 2010 Tom Estes staged the Performance 'Night Cleaning' at the Departures Gallery as part of the exhibition Rhizomatic. In this performance Estes mops the floor of the gallery while wearing a pair of pjamas.

Rhizomatic is an experimental, decentralised curatorial system based on the concept of the Rhizome, as explored in Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical masterpiece A Thousand Plateaus. This is Departure Gallery’s largest and most ambitious show so far an...

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Tom Estes Drink & Dial Hotline at WW Gallery

June 7, 2012


The work of artist Tom Estes at WW Gallery Drink & Dial exhibition 27 Mar - 6 May 2010


 For the WW Gallery Artist Tom Estes created a Drink and Dial Hotline complete with printed cards to hand out and telephone line to call. Estes' DRINK & DIAL HOTLINE  taps into the talismanic use of the mobile phone that expresses a feeling of both sentimental and implicitly magical: the attempt to contact or lay claiim to another space, another reality. As they say "Many a true word is spoken in jest" and i...

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Tom Estes' video Bake'in for Testbed 1 at Beaconsfield

June 5, 2012


  
 


Tom Estes' video Bake'in was shown on April 11th, 2010, as an interventionist critique at the closing event for RELLA, an event organised as part of Testbed 1 at Beaconsfield.

 
At this event Estes' contribution was this video performance of himself baking a cake while watching the film, The Exorcist. The work was shown on a loop, and through a conversation with co-curators Michael Curran and Lucy Gunning it was decided to stage the work in Canteen Gallery 2 so that visitors invited to the e...
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'Rejuvenation' by Tom Estes at The Whitechapel Gallery

June 5, 2012
In 2008 Estes premiered his work 'Rejuvenation'' at The RVC exhibition 'Lust & Luxuria' as part of The Whitechapel Gallery, Late Nghts. 



 'Rejuvenation'' is a 'found object' originally marketed under the aegis of 'Health and Beauty'. While the face of the mask exhibits a kind of hieratic calm, on the back are tiny metal nodules that send electric currents into the face of the wearer. Estes has further highlighted the sado-masochistic element of the object by displaying it in a slightly downwar...

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Gallery Interaction by Tom Estes at The De La Warr Pavilion

June 1, 2012




Tom Estes ~ Gallery interaction~ The De La Warr Pavilion, 29th of August, 2010

"I have been collecting newspaper articles for about twenty years. Basically it’s a bit autobiographical as the collection is made up of things I have found of interest or things that I like or think are funny. I use to put them into drawers and then bin liners but now I have so many clippings now that I have started to put them into ring binder folders with plastic sleeves. I guess it probably seems a bit mad, as...
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Sewing Performance at Trinity Buoy Wharf

June 1, 2012

 Tom Estes in Sewing Performance, Trinity Buoy Wharf




"This ‘Sewing Performance’ was created as the culmination of a residency at Trinity Buoy Wharf. In this work I gently embroider leaves and vines onto a bespoke or tailor- made suit, causing a dimpling of the material. This sewing has the effect of slowly shrivelling the arms and legs of the suit. So in a way the work is really about being powerless in the face of exploitation and is intended to accentuate a core of wordless confusion and...
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Yogurt Weaving by Tom Estes

June 1, 2012



 
Performance: Yogurt Weaving

Tom Estes’ Performance ‘Yogurt Weaving’ took place on a small hill called 'Dr. Watt’s Mound', the exact same spot where Isaac Watts, recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody" wrote many of his famous hyms (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748).

Dr. Watts Mound
Isaac Watts was the first prolific and popular English hymnwriter, credited with some 750 hymns. Sacred music scholar Stephen Marini (2003) describes the ways in which Watts contributed to English hymn...

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Cake Hole at ArtEvict

May 31, 2012


 
On July 17th, 2010, Tom Estes staged the performance ‘Cake Hole’ as a participant in ArtEvict, at The New Lansdowne Club, 195 Mare St. Hackney, London E8 


In this performance I cut holes in donuts while members of the audience take pictures on a communal camera that is passed around. The simple act of cutting holes in donuts is based on a slang term in activist circles meaning doing something that has little or no real impact. The title of the work is also from a slang term. Generally exp...

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Performance


Tom Estes As an artist I have always leaned toward making Live Art performance work that is participatory or immersive in some way. In my Live Art performance I stage an 'action' and then ask members of the audience to take pictures on a communal camera. In this way, the audience becomes part of the performance, and the pictures are then posted on on-line social networking sites and web sites for another, wider on-line audience. For me, fantasy and illusion are not contradictions of reality, but instead an integral part of our everyday lives. There is a real Peter Pan Syndrome at play in my work and I suppose I would consider myself to be a carnival sideshow conceptualist, combining a bare-bones formal conceptualism with an eternally adolescent, prank DIY comic-approach. At the core of this work is an attention to the flickering, fading definition of our lives as dictated by the computer monitor and the rapid reply of instant messaging. I strive, not to break down these introverted, often self-imposed boundaries, but to look at how dataflow from the virtual realm impacts on the significance and symbolism of real-world human senses. But in doing so, I have begun to generate unexpected questions about how art might be able to inscribe itself on the surface of reality- not to represent itself on the surface of reality –not to represent reality, nor to duplicate it, but to replace it.

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