Hayley Newman - Hook and Eye
  Year :   1998
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Performance
  Materials:   -
  Info :   made in residence at De Fabriek, Einhoven for the exhibition Ron Ton Tonnie, also performed at The NO TECH Festival, Podewill, Berlin: Tolve Netter, Bergen, The Tingle Factor, ICA, London: in collaboration with Kaffe Mathews in London and Vienna.





 
  Work Details  
  The performance Hook and Eye, 1998, looks so hazardous that some viewers at an ICA London performance briefly thought Newman had electrocuted herself. Here, the basic gear is a Velcro-covered jump-suit with sewn-in microphones and a single, sound-activated lightbulb. When Newman lifts her arms from her sides or crouches and jumps, thunderclaps of sound and violent flashes of light ensue. The more elbow grease she expends, the longer the light stays lit. (The audience was probably right to worry: The high-tech gloss of many of Newmans performances is quite deceptive, the outcome of exploiting cheap or obsolete technologies taken straight from the pages of Scientific Hobbyist, she says.)ArtForum, March, 1999 by Rachel Withers