Richard Warren

20thc British art and poetry (mainly), plus bits of my own – "Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

A very slight dent: Aerschot Performance Division 1976-9

At the risk of further blog-drift and internet vanity, I’ve put up a new page on the Aerschot Performance Division, a small footnote in the history of UK performance art in the ‘seventies in which I was a small participant – photos, documents, ephemera, some comments from Robert Worby. Very period, gratifyingly black and white, all very lo-tech and Letraset. Mostly personal dribs and drabs, so inevitably a bit unfair to the other participants – but hey …

Aerschot in action. (The writer on the right. Great photo by Denis Doran.)

Aerschot in action. (The writer on the right.
Great photo by Denis Doran.)

So what on earth were we trying to do? Hmm, not quite sure – and yet … Maybe it’s just me, but thirty five years on it all starts to look oddly relevant again. And surprisingly radical. Time perhaps to take up the deadpan dead hand of much current conceptualism, and gently return it to its roots in Dada. Time to rebuild the Theatre of Nerves!

(For collages by Peter Hatton, a fellow member of Aerschot, go here. For a reminiscence of Peter, go here.)

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