Open Frequency 2008: Hancock and Kelly Live selected by Adelaide Bannerman

Open Frequency 2008: Hancock and Kelly Live selected by Adelaide Bannerman Hancock and Kelly Live, The Way of All Flesh (Richard Hancock and Veenus Votex), 2007. Credit: Deborah Whitmore

Adelaide Bannerman profiles the work of Hancock and Kelly Live


Hancock and Kelly Live are reconnoiters of collaborative environments; noting, exploring and experiencing the proximities of emotional and physical territories created in response to each other and in group encounters.

Since 2005, their research, Performing Intersubjectivity has prompted a cycle of performed solo works, 'lone duets', made in response to the individually led inquiries of each partner with the other responding with a solo work at a later stage.

The cycle concludes this year with a solo by Traci Kelly in reply to 'Open Wound ll', staged by Richard Hancock in Sydney, Australia which responded to 'The Mirror Pool', 2006, where Kelly resituated an exploration of the vagina to the mouth, through intimate (sometimes humorous) encounters with mostly female members of the public; imbibing red wine and exchanging the liquid from mouth to mouth to create a textural and sensory evocation of the vagina; creating an exploration of queer space.

'Open Wound II' was also an investigation of interiority and surfaces; the male body revealed visually and aurally to comprehend an equitable viscerality, referencing ideas of traversing borders and containment, pleasure and pain, preconceptions and transcendence.

Adelaide Bannerman, July 2008


Artist's biography

Hancock & Kelly live is the collaborative project of artists Richard Hancock (b. 1977, UK) and Traci Kelly (b. 1961, UK). Since 2001, they have collaborated on a body of work, spanning performance, live art, text and video; questioning the boundaries of individual and collaborative practice.

Known for their beautiful and brutal explorations of the visceral body, Hancock and Kelly have presented works of critical and popular acclaim to audiences across the UK, Europe, Central America and Australia. The company's works have been featured in publications such as Manuel Vason's Encounters (published by Arnolfini, Bristol), Angel Row Gallery's Excess catalogue; in journals such as Western European Stages (US), Realtime Media (AUS), and Dance Theatre Journal (UK).

Recent performances and exhibitions include Rupture, Bob Kayley Studio Theatre, University of Reading, 2008; I Thought You'd Never Come… (with special guests), workshop and live performance, Schwelle7, Berlin, Germany, 2008; Open Wound, Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, 2007; Iconographia, Granary Theatre, Cork, Ireland 2007; Gilding the Lily, Re-visions of Excess, Fierce! Festival Pink Flamingo, Birmingham, 2007; The Mirror Pool, Future Factory, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, 2007.

In August 2008, Hancock and Kelly will be presenting their performance installation 'Iconographia' as part of Interregnum: In Between States, in Copenhagen, Denmark. In October 2008, they will be collaborating with Australian choreographer, Martin del Amo, on the seminar project, 'The Witness as Dramaturg', as part of the Nottdance festival in London, UK.

In February 2009, Hancock and Kelly will be Artists-in-Residence at the National Review of Live Art, in Glasgow, where they will present for the first time the entire series of their 'Lone Duets' over three days.

Richard Hancock is currently based in San Francisco (USA). Traci Kelly lives and works in Nottingham.


About Adelaide Bannerman

Adelaide Bannerman is a London based curator. She completed her BA Fine Art Practice in 1994 from the University of East London, and graduated with an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship from Goldsmiths College in 2001.

Bannerman has worked in a curatorial, consultative and project management basis for organisations that include the 198 Gallery, South London Gallery, the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA), London Print Studio, Arts Council England, Artquest, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, PLATFORM and a-n.

She is a trustee of The Showroom and an inaugural member of the ICF (International Curators Forum). Bannerman is currently decibel Associate Producer at Artsadmin until March 2008. Recent writing and editorial projects include profiles on the artists Jimmy Robert and Jen Wu and the publications Performance: Strategy and Process and Yes, Yes, Y'all for 2007/2008.


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