Picture This co-commissioned William Hunt in partnership with Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival to produce his first video work.
William Hunt explores the conventions surrounding the experience of live performance and the way that author and audience can relate to each other in these situations, addressing themes such as empathy, truth and theatricality in everyday life. His endurance-related performances involve a degree of musical performativity played out under some situation of physical duress: hanging upside down, spinning on a turntable and under water. This sculptural gravitas, not only emphasises physical daring, it succeeds in echoing some of the tennets of romanticism: invoking an emotional reaction as a source of aesthetic experience, through trepidation and the awe experienced in confronting natural physical forces.
William Hunt is represented by IBID Projects, London
The three works in Recorded Live have been informed by the history of performance to camera and all question what constitutes a performance.