Looks Like God Left The Phone Off The Hook
DATE: 11 October 2018
Venue: Hackney Showrooms
Featuring a 2-screen Video Installation Looks Like God Left The Phone Off The Hook made with Sam Williams and Lucy McCormick and a live performance installation (180 mins) of Looks Like God a solo performance created and performed by Samuel Kennedy.
Looks Like God Left The Phone Off The Hook is a new video installation made by Sam Williams and Samuel Kennedy. It appropriates the zombie body and uses it as a site from which to perform notions of British working-class identity. Shot in Southend-on-Sea LLG exploits the strong cultural markers British coastal towns still hold. British coastal towns are in a way their own performance of “Britishness”. The film is deliberately ambiguous in its presentation of the zombie body and seeks to steer away from the zombie as a distant threat of abject horror and position it closer to a lived reality in Britain. There is an alluding to the idea that the monsters are already inside of us and it is the performance of “normality” that is most monstrous in its manifestation. Have we been left behind?
Looks Like God is a new solo performance by Samuel Kennedy.
There is solace to be found in the dark.
Enter the abjection!
Have you ever been in the same room as a zombie? Have you ever tried spice? Have you ever shared oxygen with a zombie? Have you ever wanted to fuck a zombie? Or looked at your colleagues and wanted to eat their faces off? Have you ever fucked someone who might as well have been a zombie? Have you ever loved somebody so much it made you want to die and come back to life just so you could eat their intestines?
Looks Like God is a new visceral performance installation by artist Samuel Kennedy. It appropriates the zombie body in all of its abject and grotesque glory, to seek out where revulsion and attraction coexist in a putrefied wasteland of displaced desire and hypersexual sexiness.
These works have been developed with the support of National Lottery Funding through Arts Council England, METAL, Live Art Bistro, And What? Queer Arts Festival, ]performance S P A C E[, Chisenhale Dance Space and Wainsgate Chapel
FILM: Directed by – Sam Williams, Performed by – Lucy McCormick and Samuel Kennedy, Make-up – Elle McMahon, Shot by – Paul Bates, Sound – Helen Noir
Performance: Created and performed by Samuel Kennedy, Sound and Design by Samuel Kennedy, Dramaturg: Martin Hargreaves
” Have you ever tried spice? Have you ever shared oxygen with a zombie? Have you ever wanted to fuck a zombie? “
Date: 11 October 2018
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Address: Hackney Showrooms, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT, UK