PERFORMANCE

Belfast, Northern Ireland : 1980

One day continuous performance at A.R.E – Art and Research Exchange.

20 December 1980


 

MacLennan – with his head, hands genitals and feet painted black – walks in circles around the room. In the centre are two chairs (painted black) and a table (white). The walls are lined with posters for the event, the floor is coated with a large ring of flour. An ice block sits on the table, slowly melting.

‘The melting and footprinting both present the importance of duration. Both flour and ice were used up towards the end. MacLennan remarked that an ice block was one of his earliest performances at the cafeteria at Dalhousie University, Halifax in Nova Scotia, and that he intended to base this work on “time wearing us as we wear time.”‘

Text from ‘Alastair MacLennan: Is No’, ed. Stephen Snoddy, 1988.