Zonal Interspersions 2004
09 Nov 2004 : The Performance Space, Sydney
A repeat performance of a section of the orioginal work, I inhabit an overlooked shelf above the entry to Performance Space. However on this occassion drivers passing by called the police, thinking a suicide was underway !
Text of sign at the entrance: “He is overlooked, ignored, passed under, whilst looking on, gazing down, overseeing. Insight: look at something until what you have overlooked, what you couldn’t see before, the most integrated aspect, reveals itself to you. Leisa Shelton invited me to use the building frontage. I “surrounded” the site and infiltrated the event in a series of interventions that utilized the street entrance, the two rear laneway doors, and the space inside the roof of the theatre. In 2004 I again take up residency, a vagabond seeking refuge at the threshold of the art house, in the space over the front door: a lintel, ledge and sill,: a uniquely doubled space.”
Sydney Morning Herald November 10, 2004, Lenny Anne Low [https://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/11/09/1099781386883.html?from=moreStories] “As the sun set over Prince Alfred Park, young men were kicking a football across the grass, picnickers were lazing under trees, and joggers, cyclists and strolling couples were passing by. It was seven o’clock on a warm spring evening. But only 50 metres away, outside a grey and red two-storey building on Cleveland Street, police had arrived to prevent a man attempting suicide. Except that he wasn’t. Alan Schacher, a dancer and artist installed on a ledge on the facade of Performance Space, the inner-city centre for “contemporary interdisciplinary arts and hybrid performance practice”, was presenting a performance. The police had been called by someone who thought Schacher, who was floodlit, carrying a rope, wearing a safety harness and positioned near a back-lit theatre sign advertising the event he was part of, was about to hang himself. Schacher was taking part in Bullseye, the organisation’s 21st birthday party last Saturday, a night of theatre, dance, visual arts, video, music and museum-like installations to celebrate Performance Space’s history and survival. Nearly three hours later, after Schacher had left the ledge and performances from Ros Crisp, Frumpus, Julie-Anne Long, Version 1.0 and the Sydney Front were under way, the Performance Space artistic director, Fiona Winning, told the crowd about Schacher’s encounter with the law.”
|09 Nov 2004