Programme ➔ Artist Residencies ➔ First Step (2004-2014)
Project ➔ Professional Artist Development (PAD) Scheme (2005-2008)
2007 Oct 10 (is beginning date)
2008 Jan 13 (has end date)
First Step showcase exhibition by artist Brendan Fan which held in conjunction with his performance at the Vital 07 festival. The exhibition was supported by the Personal Artist Development (PAD) scheme.
During the Vital festival, Brendan Fan carried out an durational performance which was un-witnessed or potentially not carried out in the first place. The aim of the work was to remove the distraction of the actual work to get to the core of the essence of performance. The artist aimed for the real performance to be outside the frame of the actual festival and instead live in the imagination of the audience or out in the essence of performance.
The First Step exhibition space was used to display gallery texts which documented his absent performances, such as "Artist Secretly Watched the Visitors to His Exhibition, 2007". The text were displayed with seemingly unrelated objects and images to encourage visitors to visualise the described performances within their own minds.