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The slapstick mystics with sticks. [Performance]


Joanne Tatham

Tom O'Sullivan


The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks was one of ten international artist commissions for Frieze Projects at the Frieze Art Fair, 15-18 October 2004, in London. The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks performance occurred unannounced at the entrance to the fair. The performance referenced the traditional mumming play - combining the slapstick and absurd word play associated with such plays with a composite of art historical and philosophical texts. As such, the authority and meaning of this language was disrupted and re-configured. The event of the performance heightened the plays own internal dynamics to create a staged confrontation within the fair. This performance is one component within an ongoing project that uses the narrative possibilities of the title as a device to enable a continuous re-interpretation and re-configuration of the work. For example, The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks is also a novella, within which the play occurs within another narrative.


The slapstick mystics with sticks. Performed on 15-18 October 2004, Frieze Art Fair, London.

Exhibition Performance Type Performance
Start Date Oct 15, 2004
End Date Oct 18, 2004
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2008
Keywords Installation art; Conceptual art; Contemporary art
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