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Mike Chavez-Dawson

Thursday 4th August


A performative - informative lecture by interdisciplinary artist, curator Mike Chavez-Dawson who will focus on his ‘Artour’ [sic] bodies of work. These artours’ investigate the notion that ‘performative’ methods can be utilised as live interpretative texts to exude a playful yet critical eye over existing shows and collections in order to extend a symbiotic relation between the object and the live. He will also debut a ‘paragraphic-live-text’ piece titled ‘Bricks, Bush, Wood & Water’ that will draw a narrative between Carl Andre’s ‘Equivalent 8,’ a cover version of ‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush and Michael Craig-Martin’s ‘An Oak Tree’.

More information on Mike:

“My art practice is interdisciplinary and research led, framed by an exploration into revealing the ‘myth’ of the artist’s intention/vision against the audience perception/reading. I intend to expand and challenge an audiences experience whilst offering alternative bridges/means to interpret. Collaboration, facilitation and non-sectarianism are at the heart of my creative endeavours. I am investigating by practice ‘the borders between performance and documentation from a contemporary visual art perspective’.” MCD, 2011

Mike Chavez-Dawson graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, Interactive Arts BA (Hon’s) in 1997 and MA (Art as Environment) in 1999; he is now currently a PhD (by practise) research fellow at MIRIAD. He was the Visual Arts Editor for Flux Magazine and founding curator for Flux Space for just over a decade. Chavez-Dawson work’s crosses an interesting path of disciplines, such as fine art & design, performance, music, curating and publishing. To date he’s ran a gallery in a publication, utilised alter egos as living portraits, ran a club night as an artwork, formed a band to explore the relationship between visual presentation and it’s audio, interviewed dead artists through a spiritual medium, created a cinema using hypnotism and gave gallery tour’s as estate agents and crime solving detectives.

 Recent/forthcoming shows/projects include:

'Memory Flash', Carter Presents, London. 'Magda Archer: Crazy Mad' Cornerhouse, Manchester. 'Re-Covering', Untitled Gallery, Manchester. ‘Network Aesthetics – The Reading’ , International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Castlefield gallery, Chinese Art Centre, Cornerhouse, Cube, Manchester Art Gallery, John Ryland’s Library, Hotspur Press Gallery, The Reading Room Collection MMU Library, Manchester. ‘Nigh Revolve-Lution’ (Live Text Performance), British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham. ‘Re-Motive View(s)’ (Live Text Performance), The Surreal House, Barbican, London. 'Unrealised Potential' Cornerhouse, Manchester, NGCA, Sunderland, VOID, Derry, N.Ireland. 'Involved Socially', Base Gallery, San Francisco, USA. 'Title Murdered', 'Strange Days & Some Flowers', The Storey Gallery, Lancaster. 'Selling the Psycho-Geographical Breakdown' for Afterhours 'Subversive Spaces', The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. 'A bANdA dA' Late at the TATE, TATE Britain, London.