Cock and Bull by Nic Green (photo by Jemima Yong)
Somerset House Studios

Forest Fringe

Fri 09 Dec - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Fri 9 Dec 19.00 - 22.00, Sat 10 Dec 10.00 - 18.00, Sun 11 Dec 10.00 - 18.00

River Rooms
New Wing

Forest Fringe at Somerset House Studios: a three day gathering on memory, survival and resistance.

Forest Fringe is 10 and to celebrate, the artist-led pioneers of experimental performance are hosting a gathering of people in London to consider changes over the last decade and explore what matters today.

Forest Fringe take over Somerset House Studios for three days of performance, talks, workshops, conversations, installations and exhibitions. Whether you have known about Forest Fringe for many years, or are new to their work, this will be a space of exchange and experimentation, a place to share good ideas and to encounter brilliant people doing interesting things. Everyone is welcome and all Forest Fringe events are free.

Confirmed participants include Action Hero, Andy Field, Arike Oke, Deborah Pearson, Gigi Arguropolou, Farah Saleh, Hamja Ahsan, Ira Brand, Jemima Yong, Liberate Tate, Rima Nadji, Season Butler, Simone Bowes and They Are Here, with more to be announced soon.

Forest Fringe co-director Deborah Pearson is a Somerset House Studios resident.

On All Weekend

Jemima Yong
Photographer and performance maker Jemima Yong presents fragments from her residency with Forest Fringe in 2013 and 2016.

Action Hero X They Are Here
Two practices, Action Hero (Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse) and They Are Here (Helen Walker & Harun Morrison) are brought together for the first time to publicly explore the nature of collaboration.

All The Arguments We’ve Ever Had
A video installation charting 10 years of arguments conducted via email. An exploration of the language of frustration, conciliation, negotiation and love.

Farah Saleh - Cells of Illegal Education
Cells of Illegal Education (C.I.E) is a video dance installation that revisits gestures of civil disobedience carried out during the First Intifada in Occupied Palestine. More specifically it reenacts, transforms and deforms gestures exercised by Birzeit University students between 1988 and 1992 while trying to continue their education process at a time when schools and universities were closed by Israeli military rule and students and teachers who refused to abide were labeled “Cells of Illegal Education”. Presented as part of the chapter on Resistance, but available to experience all weekend.

Messy, badly behaved and sometimes simply astonishing, the theatrical outfit that broke the festival’s mould is celebrating its past shows.

Guardian 2016

Run collaboratively by three artists based in London, Forest Fringe create festivals, host residencies and occasionally commission new work as a way of helping support a large and diverse community of independent artists working across theatre, dance and live art. Existing outside of any major cultural institution and without regular government subsidy, they attempt to provide artists with agency and community and to imagine new ways of existing together under capitalism.

Forest Fringe at Somerset House is supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Somerset House Studios.