Commissioned by Bristol Biennial and developed with support the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arvon, with special thanks to Clare Pollard, MINE is a site-specific performance for seven voices in the 18th-century Goldney Grotto in central Bristol. MINE is a guided tour of Bristol’s underworld, a poem spoken from the (ox)heart in collaboration with its audience, in which the story of two brothers is told in the playing of a card game, the trading of stones and a touch of real magic: as the poem closes and time runs over, a fast-forwarded stalagmite, a sticky little finger points at the only way out.
MINE is also limited edition, hand-embossed pamphlet—part-transcript, part-publication, part-glittery, gluey residue of a performance—published by Spike Island and produced by City Edition Studio in Bristol, with support from Arts Council England. The pamphlet is available from the Spike Island shop.
Reviews for MINE:
Arnolfini’s Phil Owen reviewed the performance of MINE in CCQ Magazine: ‘a narrative as intricate as the arrangement of minerals on the grotto walls, explored the interface of geology and human time’
Harry Giles reviews the pamphlet for Sabotage: ‘Work like MINEdeserves a larger audience and dedicated attention, so that more of us can follow the traces of tiny performances and great flows of stone.’
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