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'Clearing the land' - exercise/performance by Jade Blackstock, Ro Hardaker, Léann Herlihy, Jasper Llewellyn, Nika Lopez, Nicholas Tee

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'Assembly #2' - "What would an art school, only for Action Artists, look like?"

Took place at 'Truquet'
Simiane-la-Rotonde, France
July 2019.

Participating artists:

Jade Blackstock | https://www.rca.ac.uk/students/jade-blackstock
Ro Hardaker | http://www.rohardaker.co.uk
Léann Herlihy | https://www.leannherlihy.com
Jasper Llewellyn | http://jasperllewellyn.co.uk
Nika Lopez | https://www.nikalopez.com
Alicia Radage | https://www.aliciaradage.com
Nicholas Tee | https://www.nicholastwy.com

The second Assembly symposium brought together a group of Action Artists from Spain, the UK, Singapore and Ireland for a two week long gathering. Over the course of the year between the two gatherings, we refined and clarified the core, foundational principles and objectives of Assembly, which resulted in an event that surpassed our expectations completely.

Assembly #2 followed the adaptable approach to structure and time-management established in Assembly #1, with a preliminary plan for the gathering sketched out at the start of the two weeks and then altered as the group's focus and interests developed. The group undertook a range of exercises and activities, including solo and group exercises. Some of these resulted in performative showings to the rest of the group, while others involved individual experiments with objects in the natural environment.

Public event | Assembly #2 culminated in a public performance and exhibition event, in which a local audience were invited to 'Truquet' to see live works, videos, drawings and objects created while on the workshop. Visitors were also invited to look through readings and other theoretical literature selected by the artists. The event was book-ended by a group discussion involving the artists, visitors and the organisers. Visitors were invited to share their impressions of the works performed and their thoughts on Action/Performance Art.
Documentation of the event can be found below.

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Reading group


Léann Herlihy


Jade Blackstock


Alicia Radage


Meditation exercise


Final exhibition


Nicholas Tee, untitled performance at public event


Assembly #2 participants, with organisers Alicia & Jasper


Performance & drawing exercise


Jasper Llewellyn & Nika Lopez, untitled duo performance at public event


Jasper Llewellyn


Artist & visitor discussion at public event.


Jade Blackstock, untitled performance at public event


Nicholas Tee


Ro Hardaker


Nicholas Tee


Drawing exercise


Alicia Radage, untitled performance at public event


Nika Lopez, untitled object, presented as part of exhibition at public event


Nicholas Tee