Stephen Cripps: Performing Machines

Stephen Cripps: Performing Machines
Library Shelf Location 18.CRIP
Publication Date 2017

The oeuvre of British artist, Stephen Cripps (1952–1982) was highly innovative and experimental. His works developed out of an interest for kinetic sculpture and machines as well as from a fascination for the poetic potential of explosion and destruction.

Until his early death, Cripps built machines and interactive installations and realised pyrotechnical performances. He developed many of his projects through the mediums of drawing and collage. This timely publication turns the spotlight on the trans-media character and multi-sensory quality of Cripps’ oeuvre, particularly through its focus on the artist’s drawings.

Through its combination of works on paper, audio material, film and documentary media, Performing Machines sets out to showcase the hybrid quality of Cripps’s performative praxis. Drawings and sound recordings, the visual and the acoustic, thus complement each other in a feast for both eyes and ears.

He staged performances in the UK, Europe and the United States; exhibited at Serpentine Gallery, London (1975), three solo exhibitions at The Acme Gallery, London (1978, 1980 and 1981), and designed sets for two theatre productions by Stephen Berkoff. He often collaborated with musicians: notably the 1979 pyrotechnic performance at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, with percussionist, Paul Burwell.

Published for the exhibition, Stephen Cripps: Performance Machines at Museum Tinguely, Basel, in partnership with the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 21 Jan – 1 May 2017.

ISBN 9783903131910
Quantity 1
Pages 192pp, 299mm x 223mm
Authors Paul Burwell, Stephen Cripps, Lisa Le Feuvre, Dominic Johnson, Ally Raftery, Sandra Beate Reimann, David Toop, Jeni Walwin, Roland Wetzel
Format Softcover
Publisher Verlag fur Moderne Kunst
Related Artist Stephen Cripps
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Live Art/Performance, Sculpture, Installation
Keywords Kinetic Art, Destruction, Pyrotechnics
Artist's Nationality British/UK

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