Check out Estes' performance at Lubomirov-Easton on video by clicking this link- Crash Test Dummy
Netherlands Media Art Institute NIMkIn the Live Art Performance 'MEDIA KUNST' Artist Tom Estes' aims to challenge the conventional presentation of audience participation in a Museum and Gallery.
Reformulating the functions of a public space, I use direct and self-managed participation to enter and directly reflect and catalogue the public's relationship to the art project. The work is then re-circulated as a video, using the internet as a platform to demonstrate the existence of an alternative point of view.
For this intervention I attempted to critically examine the role of art in social change.The relationship between socio-political critique and art practice characterizes much of my work, and for this project I decided to look at social engagement and to find a practical application in order to critique that process. My performance work to date has examined the relationship between work and play, professionalism and amateurism, institutional hegemony and self-organization. In this instance, it found expression through a readily available mode- as a special last minute addition to the closing event for RELLA.
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 Tom 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 exhibition could purchase tea and cake while watching.