Miriam Austin & Adam James

The Birth Caul

15 August 2013 - 8 September 2013
VITRINE Bermondsey Square

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudheads, 2013, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Adam James, The Mudhead Dance, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Laura Beduz

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Mountain, 2012, Single screen video.

Opening: Wednesday 14 August 2013. 6.30-9.30pm.

A presentation of new works by Miriam Austin and Adam James. The two London-based artists have been brought together for the first time to exhibit a culmination of performance, film and sculptural work developed in response to shared themes of role-play and narratives, real and fictional.

For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will operate as a repository or archive, exploring the relationship between the sculptural object and the body. Central to this installation is a concern with the ways in which specific objects inform movement; taking ordinary, everyday encounters and materials as a starting point, both artists push them toward something mythic or sacred. The works shown continually interrogate the space between these points of reference.

For the opening, Austin presents the first part of her live work. Using rubber and blossom petal based sculptures performers share a ritual experience, encompassing the public square and the gallery space.

An event on Saturday 31 August will feature: the second part of Austin’s live work happening as a durational performance throughout the event; a large scale performance work by Adam James performed on the public square; and the Premiere of James’ film ‘The Mudhead Dance’ in shortwave cinema.

Co-curated by Jordan McKenzie and Alys Williams.

Generously supported by The Bermondsey Square Community Fund and Arts Council England.

Image: Adam James, ‘The Mudhead Dance’.