(b.1965, New York, USA)
Jessica Voorsanger’s art explores society’s obsession with fame. Working in a variety of media ranging from painting, sculpture, installation, mail art, film, photography and performance according to the nature of each project, she probes the concept of ‘celebrity’ within popular culture. Much of her work has been provoked by television, and children’s television in particular. Having fallen in love with teen idol David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family, as a child in 1970s America, Voorsanger believes that children’s TV programmes are where the seeds of fandom are sown. Recently, her interest has moved from the specific relationship between celebrities and their fans to a more general enquiry into how reality TV has altered the nature of the term ‘celebrity’, which now includes people who are famous for being famous (or notorious), as well as people of real talent.
A Series of intervention, Flash Mob Experiments in Live Movement and Dance with Jessica Voorsanger
Wide Open School resident artist Jessica Voorsanger leads a series of sessions with young people from the local area around Southwark and Lambeth in which the group explores iconic dances from films and then recreate them. The exercise is not one of demonstrating dancing talent as such, but rather acts as a platform to explore performance and popular culture.
Participants will take apart films of their collective choosing and then create scenes to surprise audiences within the Hayward Gallery and the environs during the run of Wide Open School. As the artist says, 'In this class the students will be the teachers as much as the teacher will be the student, no different to normal school then.'
FLASHDANCE MEETS WEST SIDE STORY
travelling around the surrounding area of Royal Festival Hall
Saturday 7th July, 2-4pm
Sunday 8th July, 2 - 4pm
Please note this course is not available as a ticketed event