Part of Explore Thamesmead, taking place on Sat 29 and Sun 30 May.
Chloe Cooper writes about the people and places she knows, marbles paper to articulate what's not possible with words and creates performative workshops to splash about in the rocky waters of human relationships. She invents props and processes for participants to take on roles, collaborate together and rebel against whilst exploring their desires, feeling their feelings and sharing ideas on how the world works. Chloe doesn’t make work in isolation, she depends on the conversations before, during and after the thing is made because otherwise what’s the point? She has recently exhibited and performed works at Visions, Nunnery Gallery, London (2021); BIAS, A/Side-B/Side, London (2020); URgh!#1: alternative art education zine, Conway Hall, London (2020); #36 Annual Open Exhibition, Southwark Park Galleries, London (2020); The Body Politic, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2019); To whom the flesh / My flesh / Still connects me, The Poetry Society, London (2019); 50 years of new society, nGbK, Berlin (2019) and LCN Showcase, SPACE, London (2018).
For Estuary 2021, Chloe will create Remnants of Rebellion a 30 minute interactive guided tour of everyday revolt in Crossways Park. The tour takes in tracks trodden into the grass via collective deviation from the “proper paths” provided and the tarmac interventions installed to apparently placate pedestrians. Chloe asked local park users about their short cuts, whether or not they see themselves as rebels and the changes they’ve noticed in movement around the park during the pandemic. She then combined these recollections, points of view and experiences together with her own to compile the tour. The interactive nature of the tour is a chance for attendees to make their mark too.
Portrait (previous listings page) photo: Calum F Kerr.
This page: Remnants of Rebellion, the essence of a guided tour, 2021