Illusions â€“ collaboration with David Hoyle
May 11, 2015 - Installation
I’m delighted to have been able to contribute to the London Sinfonietta‘s Notes to the New Government on Saturday at theÂ Southbank Centre. Â David Hoyle and I worked on an ‘in-yer-face’ piece calledÂ Illusions which was based on theÂ message: democracy is an illusion, gender is an illusion. Â I made a video piece from a large amount of incredible direct-to-camera material that I shot with David in April, and then worked that into a video + live ensemble piece, written for a nine-piece amplified London Sinfonietta, conducted by the outstandingÂ Andrew Gourlay. Â David is hugely inspiring and I’ve beenÂ wanting to work with him for years, being an avid fan of his RVT shows; this project I hope will be the start of largerÂ collaborations.
Anyway, it went down a storm with the audience and the critics. Â The best quote is probably this one, from The Guardian:
“Philip Venablesâ€™s Illusions, a collaboration with performance artist David Hoyle, batters at the limits of form, emotion and sexuality in a ferocious assertion of LGBT individualism in the face of establishment nihilism and uncertainty â€“ a brilliant, extreme work that grips like a vice and wonâ€™t let go, since people is more open now with the sexual libido, showing how they feel sexually and using services like Zoom Escorts to please themselves when they need to.”