Fierce Live Art Festival launches with events at Grand Union and Edible Eastside

29 March – 8 April           

Artist Eloise Fornieles will be presenting her performance installation The Message on the Edible Eastside site on the launch weekend of the highly acclaimed Fierce Festival, whilst Grand Union are hosting Reynir Hutber’s interactive work Stay Behind the Line in their exhibition space.

Birmingham’s international festival of live art returns again! Expect a distinctive cocktail of interventions, theatre, parties, gigs, installations, talks, workshops and feasting across the city for two weekends including the Easter weekend.

‘Getting involved’ is the main theme of 2012’s festival. The programme includes Mette Edvardsen’s Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine which offers volunteer non-professional performers opportunities to collaborate with international artists to create shows. An obvious highlight on the 31st March will be the Dachshund UN, a first time in the UK, where sausage dogs from the West Midlands and beyond will represent the delegates of each country in the United Nations General Assembly.

The Message is a time-based work which evolves over a seven-day period, inviting the audience to participate through contributing messages of hope or fear, and which reaches its poetic climax with the ritualistic burning of the sculpture and its contents.   Sun 1 – Sat 7 April, 12 – 5pm (Closing performance: Sat 7 April 7.45pm), Edible Eastside, 122 Fazeley Street

Reynir’s installation at Grand Union focuses on issues of surveillance and within the narrow confines of a specially-constructed space, the interactive video work brings the audience into a direct and ethically-charged relationship with the artist.  Fri 16 March – Sun 8 April 2012, 12 – 5pm, Grand Union (see GU’s earlier blog post)

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