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View of Westfield Stratford City

Xanadu, Stratford City

'In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree...' S.T Coleridge 1797 Samuel Taylor Coleridge had composed over 200 lines of verse in his mind during an opium-induced dream. He had risen from bed and was fast-scribbling the lines down when, famously, he was interrupted by ‘a man from Porlock’ who wished ...

image of the artist Aaron Williamson concealing his face with a white t-shirt, in a forecourt surrounded by everyday objects

On Location: the Melting Model / 14 August 2015

In a pre-meeting with the artist-photographer Manuel Vason, we drew up a plan to grab a single dramatic image, guerilla style, by which to communicate the spirit and style of Demonstrating the World during the period prior to the production work itself being realised. We would shoot spontaneously around the ...

Cupboard design sketches, Ida Martin, 2015

An Alien Dream-Logic Capsule / 12 August 2015

As described in the first blog in this series, the discovery of a ‘contemporary folk archive’ of ‘How To’ videos on YouTube, set me on course to devise the central component in Demonstrating the World for Unlimited 2. The sheer volume of this unofficial, seemingly endless archive meant that ‘the ...

photo of hands being washed above a sink

‘Don’t Forget The Wrists!’ / 7 July 2015

Demonstrating the World is a project for Unlimited 2 (delivered in partnership by Shape and Artsadmin) which had a Research and Development phase and now, in collaboration with producer Edd Hobbs, a production commission. Sometime midway through the R&D phase I encountered the wonderful contemporary folk-archive of amateur demonstration videos on ...

Aaron Williamson

Demonstrating the World is an absurdly elaborate live reinterpretation of mundane YouTube ‘how-to’ videos. Williamson’s performance is aimed somewhere between a travelling sales pitch and a crash-landed alien. The performance is a public intervention for city centres and offsite programmes, presented from a mobile performance space. The blog for DAO ...

Aaron Williamson