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18Nov/120

Reactor: Function VI

Images from Function VI

After a seven-year absence, Reactor's Function events returned last month with Function VI.

Function is a testing ground for experimental and collaborative ideas. A series of events, where Reactor act as curatorial body, bringing together a number of artists to develop objects, installations and performances; creating an all-encompassing ‘total experience’ that consumes its participants (both artists and audience) and challenges them to take an active role in how the event unfolds, where choices and behavior decide the shape of the experience.

Prising open the doors of a disused and dilapidated building, Reactor invited participants to enter, navigate its confined space, and help bring Function back to life.

On Saturday 20th of October, as the evening gloom settled over Nottingham, I was on hand to document. Here are some of my images from the event:

Reactor: Function VI

Reactor: Function VI

Reactor: Function VI

Reactor: Function VI

Reactor: Function VI

Reactor: Function VI

Function VI featured the work of: AAS, Bruce Asbestos, AuntyNazi, Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Robin Close, Phillip Henderson, Robert Holcombe, Mark McGowan, Simon Raven, Tether… with a hint of Reactor.

Further events up to Function X are in the works.

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11Nov/110

The Green Man & Regular Fellows: Images and Reviews

Sunday Lunch at The Green Man

Here are some of the photographs that I took at Reactor's The Green Man & Regular Fellows. The event took place in Nottingham across Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings of the last weekend in September. In honour of traditional pub opening hours The Green Man also had a Sunday lunchtime opening, where I took these photographs, featuring a pub quiz with a Harvest Festival hamper prize.

I only briefly stopped by the The Green Man on Friday night, before heading off again for a friend's birthday meal. But I was there all night Saturday (including the lock-in), for Sunday lunch, and then back that evening for last orders.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for reviews by Aaron Juneau and Jack Vickers.

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reactor: The Green Man and Regular Fellows

Reviews:

a-n Interface (Aaron Juneau)

Nottingham Visual Arts (Jack Vickers)

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15Aug/110

Reactor: The Green Man & Regular Fellows

Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October: 6 pm - 11 pm

Sunday 2 October: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

There’s something brewing in Nottingham… For three days only, Reactor are opening a members-only pub, “The Green Man & Regular Fellows”.

Reactor: The Green Man & Regular FellowsThe Green Man & Regular Fellows is a newly commissioned, live artwork in the form of a pub, complete with adjoining function room. Here Reactor's interest in the the nature of membership as a social construct manifests itself in a series of temporary groups and levels of fellowship. The structure of the work plays with the traditions and conventions of the ‘public house’ and ‘private members’ clubs’, producing unexpectedly dis lodged behaviours.

This brief materialisation of The Green Man & Regular Fellows presents a set of mysteries, inviting speculation about its symbols and purpose. Where did it come from, and who is it for? The Green Man & Regular Fellows offers membership, invites you in for drinks and provides a rich environment of song, laughter and games. As the Landlord calls upon the Regulars to lend a hand and the more Irregular members burst out of the back rooms, the atmosphere increasingly becomes more intense and behaviours more frenzied. It will soon become clear why our Regular Fellows like to come back time and time again.

The project will take place place at Trade Gallery, Nottingham (UK): www.tradegallery.org

Apply for membership here: http://www.thegreenman.vze.com/

See you there?

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