Live durational work To hand was created by Siobhan Davies and dance artist Mattias Sperling in 2011 as part of Claire Barclay’s Shadow Spans at Whitechapel Gallery. The work focuses on creating simple movements and draws attention to a complex collection of decisions that are made in order for Sperling to navigate through the exhibition space.
Sperling performed To hand as part of Unannounced Acts of Publicness, an on-going testing of relations in contemporary public space. During May 2015 ten artworks appeared unannounced on ten days in Granary Square, London. The audience was anyone present those passing through on their commute, eating lunch, playing in the fountains, having an office break who encountered the works as part of everyday life. After each day passed, nothing of the act remained in the square. An individual who lived and/or worked locally was invited to witness each act and write a response. On June 1st the acts were announced alongside images and responses.
‘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
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