Rubby Sucky Forge, 2020.
By Eve Stainton with Joseph Funnell and Gaby Agis, thinking through and with the emotional edges of metal.
Co commissioned by The Place and And What Festival, and with thanks to Arts Council England. Presented at The Place as part of 'Splayed' curated by Amy Bell, 2020.
Rubby Sucky Forge takes the form of multiple atmospheres placed next to one another. A circuit where a current is followed and tracked. Along the way things swell, and dissipate, and cross contaminate in transition.
The material inhabiting these atmospheres are: metal bars, people, video collage, tank traps, printed fabric, sound, cigarette lighters, interaction, other invisible things like waves, imagination and drama.
I experience these materials in convergence, creating an ecology that prioritises feeling and transformation.
Changing the atmosphere of metal, melting textures of pain and indifference, sequences of conflict, intimately being with resentments and constructs. Thinking on a kind of psychedelic horror that can be caused from being in proximity to cold hardness (material or ideological), that anger or fear aren't always bad things
The context for this work has become a mesh of the global pandemic and a painful transformative loss.
Concept and choreography: Eve Stainton
Research and performance: Gaby Agis, Joseph Funnell, Eve Stainton
Music: Beatrice Dillon (Workaround Three)
Costume: Sophie Donaldson
Collage film: Eve Stainton
Produced by: Sara Sassanelli and Michael Kitchin
Co-commissioned by And What Queer Arts Festival and The Place, with thanks to Arts Council England. Images by Anne Tetzlaff
Touring information/ tech riders/ video documentation/ available on request.
Rubby Sucky Forge was originally to be presented at Rich Mix, London, as part of And What Festival curated by Andrew Ellerby. This was then re-organised because of the pandemic.