The performance “Evacuation Drill” explores the bodily tension between crowd control, self-improvement and lifestyle. The gallery is between Islington and Hackney in London, which was a frontline of gentrification at the time.
During the performance, participants were split into two groups, training either in relaxation techniques or in crowd control. A DJ set tied the two sessions together with music. On the sound of a siren, the crowd controllers started to evacuate the group that had just been practising yoga stretches. The music carries on in what’s become an atmosphere of chaos, until the evacuators and evacuees leave the building and the metal door slams shut.
21 September 2019