In March 2011, Siobhan Davies and dance artist Matthias Sperling created a new work for the Whitechapel Gallery.
To hand was performed within Claire Barclay’s Shadow Spans installation over four hours a day for a period of three weeks. The work is informed by Davies’ and Sperling’s engagement with Barclay’s installation and the ideas behind her work.
"Matthias and I entered Shadow Spans and like every other visitor, we brought the outside world into the installation. Claire Barclay was ahead of us, she seemed to have relished finding out about how certain objects are crafted and her work already included exquisitely made things, each one re-imagined from activities, structures and materials found in the Whitechapel Gallery's present and historic environment. The individual parts as well as the whole exist in their time and their own variations of completion. Each object invites being looked at.
Matthias and I have been involved in several processes in order to find the particular durational presence our movement might bring amongst this stillness. We continuously came back to thinking about what Claire must have learnt in order to make her work and we concentrated on finding simple movements that need a complex collection of decisions to make each movement work and be noticed." Siobhan Davies
‘To hand is not a performance in any theatrical sense: there's no beginning or end, no trajectory. Rather, it is an unobtrusive accompaniment to the installation itself, presented over a period of several hours each day.’ Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian
‘Siobhan Davies and Matthias Sperling’s piece presented a quiet engagement with a lone performer who took an hour to navigate across the square.’ Art Monthly
To hand at Whitechapel Gallery, 2–20 Mar 2011
To hand at Turner Contemporary, 22–24 Feb 2013
To hand - Live online rehearsal broadcast, Thu 17 Feb 2011
To hand: Part of Unannounced Acts of Publicness , Thu 7 May 2015
To hand at The Henry Moore Foundation, Sat 17 May 2014, Sat 12 Jul 2014, Sat 20 Sep 2014