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Yogurt Weaving by Tom Estes

Posted by Tom Estes on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : Yogurt Weaving 

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

Posted by Tom Estes on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Cake Hole 

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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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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