Emergency 2018

Afternoon: 2.30pm-5.30pm

An afternoon of new live art presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Z-arts during Emergency 2018. Mainly aimed at adults, we advise that Afternoon work is NOT suitable for under 18s.

Afternoon Artists in Alphabetical Order (subject to change)

Chanje Kunda | Emma Geraghty † | Frances Kay | Lise Boucon | Luca Federici | Mark Croasdale † | Niya (a.k.a. Yani B) † | Rosie Gibbens | Tom Halls †
(† indicates limited capacity)

Chanje Kunda | Plant Fetish
A performance installation and an indoor oasis for this urban space. Elaborate exotic plants display their splendour alongside a solo human performer. A lavish a journey with plants to excite and tantalise…
Chanje Kunda has featured at The Royal Albert Hall, and venues in Amsterdam, Rotterdam + Eindhoven. As a solo performance artist she has performed at The Southbank, the National Arts Festival of South Africa, the HIFA Festival (Zimbabwe), and is a recipient of the BBC’s Verb New Voices Award.
chanjekunda.com | @chanjekunda

Emma Geraghty | Keep The Lights On
What makes a fetish? What counts as “normal”? Is there anything worse than a baggy gimp suit?
This piece asks why we don’t talk about sex and what would happen if we did.
Emma Geraghty is a director and a writer of prose and performative text based in Manchester. Her work explores notions of queerness, sexuality, and body image. She received the 2018 Works Ahead commission from hÅb for her solo show Fat Girl Singing. She is one quarter of award-winning Manchester theatre company Powder Keg, who create political theatre centred around care and gut feelings, rather than lofty political brainwork; and she works with Big Imaginations + Girl Gang MCR.

Frances Kay | FK vs KT: The Showdown
FK and KT have spent time learning to grow, understand and respect each other. How quickly can they be ripped apart again?
Testing a devoted relationship and scrutinising life and addiction, this lively performance explores the artist’s connections to her working class background, gender identity and sweet sweet booooze…
Frances Kay is a solo performance artist exploring the effects of performance on the body and mind, using many disciplines such as endurance, duration, and self-inflicted pain. Her work includes strong visual aesthetics and currently explores issues of social interest, such as; gender politics, feminism, religion and personal suffering. Kay has presented work nationally and internationally at events and platforms in Bulgaria, Berlin, Athens, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham + Liverpool.
franceskayart.wordpress.com | @franceskayart

Lise Boucon | EAT ME (or the dream of a feast)
Welcome! Welcome to my feast. Please, take a seat / And please be patient, very patient. My feast takes time / Time for celebration, time for rejoicing, for joy we devour / We are waiting for the guests, but they are late in coming, or come some unexpected, with horns / And slowly, gently, they rise to the assault / The ritual is in progress. The feast begins / EAT ME.
I want this piece to be an allegory of the wish of disappearance, from a non-appropriate body/identity/society. Manipulating symbols and references in all white, this is a long and slow surrealist dream. Like a pagan ritual to be reborn to oneself…
Lise Boucon is a body-based performance artist of the extraordinary and extreme. Introspective and intriguing, she’s following a personal thread questioning mainly the social impact on the body.

Luca Federici | Glitters and Blood
An exploration of sexuality and gender-fluidity in relation to the difficulty that some people have in accepting their self/sexuality – difficulty that is often related to fear of others. The action is also based upon the tradition of pain and blood sacrifice and focus on the concept of DEATH — TRANSIT — REBIRTH, where Pain and Death are seen as paths that lead to a new and pure life. By using BDSM techniques and fetishes, the work offers an esoteric, ritualistic action that reflects upon concepts related to gender-fluidity, struggle for self-acceptance and pain as a way to purification/ salvation. An intimate space where pain is seen as a path which leads to purification/acceptance of your true self.
Luca Federici was born in Pesaro (Italy) and trained in Fine Art, specialising in painting, and showed in exhibitions throughout Italy. He currently lives in London where he graduated the MA Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art and Design and where he experimented with performance and collage, performing at events like FUCK/LIVE/ART curated by Franko B at Mori + Stein Gallery, and fetish clubs such as Psycho Ward and Club DVS.

Mark Croasdale | Staying In — A Date with a Diary
A shadowy figure sits waiting to meet you, longing for a connection, hoping for understanding. Can you reveal the person within? Experience an intimate, vulnerable moment with a stranger as you take a dive into their past through their real-life diaries.
Forming part of the wider Staying In project, inspired by the research of Stonewall, this work aims to explore identity, loneliness and belonging. Currently in-development with the support of The Lowry, Waterside, Contact + The Proud Trust.
Mark Croasdale utilises a range of media according the specific needs, demands and context of each project. His work has spanned various art mediums and consists of visual installations and performance pop-ups including Angels In Ancoats and the immersive audio installation Anonymous (Sydney), and theatre work including Lightspeed, Blink and the multidisciplinary work All About and To a Female Artist. In 2017 he was commissioned by New Trust Art (National Trust), Waterside + Creative Industries Trafford to create the new work Letters From Egypt.
markcroasdale.com | @markcroasdale

Niya (a.k.a. Yani B) | Collective Lover
In their new work, Niya is inviting the audience to explore intimacy, gender and desire in a post-porn era of environmental destruction, food crisis and species loneliness. Stemming from their previous work Trans:plant where the artist lived with a large gender-ambiguous family of Aloe Vera plants, the performance takes the form of a ceremony of tasting, sharing, stimulating and connecting, asking the question: How does it feel to see the earth as a lover and not as a mother?
Niya (a.k.a. Yani B) examines the body, in its presence or absence, as the central stage where the politics of identity are enacted. Experimenting with original creative processes and media they explore the body and its context, as a form of expression and manifestation of culture, ideology, gender, sexuality, social ethics and collective aspirations. Exhibitions include the International Print Biennale in Newcastle, the 5th Moscow Biennale for the group exhibition Biopolitics (2013), the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale for the group exhibition Identalterity, a series exhibited at Queer Art(ists) Now (2017).

Rosie Gibbens | Auto Erotic Assimilation
Part absurd product demonstration, part lacklustre burlesque show, Auto Erotic Assimilation presents an abstract orgy with everyday objects. The normal functions of the items are rejected and mundane routine is fetishised. The performance appropriates and combines images from advertising, customer service and pornography in an attempt to highlight and subvert presentations of women in these fields.
Rosie Gibbens is a performance and video artist interested by desire and power in relationship to gender performativity, sexual politics and consumerist identity. She has performed at multiple London venues including Toynbee Studios, Bow Arts + the Barbican.
rosiegibbens.com | @rosiegibbens

Tom Halls | Play Thing
Ever wanted to be back in that place where you could play with your toys, letting your imagination run wild? This is your chance. Except you’re not a child and this isn’t a toy. Play Thing puts you in control. The artist and audience relationship is flipped, turning the artist into the passive observer and muse for wherever your imagination may run. Sometimes the rules and politics of society constrict our creativity, with Play Thing the rules are left at the door. Come and connect, make your masterpiece and create a living version of your imagination.
Tom Halls is a performance artist, originally from Melbourne, Australia, now based in Manchester. Tom’s arts practice centres on creating works that challenge and test the relationship between audience and performer. Tom is co-founder of Hotel Now, a gloriously entertaining company focused on creating original Australian works, and TomYumSim, a performance duo using unconventional performance spaces for immersive experiences.

Venue + Booking Details, for Afternoon

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018, 2.30pm-5.30pm; Emergency 2018 runs 12noon-10pm (last show ends about 10.30pm)
Venue: Z-arts (incl. STUN Studio), 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: no booking required, Pay What You Decide in person on the day, come and go as you please. NB some works have a limited capacity (marked) with either sign-up sheets on the day or operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual shows from 5.30pm typically have a no-latecomer policy.
Tel: 0161 232 6089 (Z-arts)

Access Information

Age advisory: mainly aimed at adults, from 12noon to 2.30pm we advise that some work (clearly signposted 18) may not suitable for under 18s; from 2.30pm to 10pm we advise that no work is suitable for under 18s.
The works in Emergency 2018 take place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity (marked †), some participatory. We apologise but some work may not be wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the Z-arts building. For specific age and access information please email info@habmcr.org or call 0161 232 6086.


Emergency 2018 is produced by hÅb; supported using public funding by Arts Council England. | Image: Lise Boucon by Manuel Vason.


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Emergency 2018

Sat 6 Oct, 12-10pm. Pay What You Decide | Z-arts
Participating artists subject to change.