The Poetics of Wurst is a photography, video art and audio project exploring the relationship between meat, sex and the body. In Nov 2016 Laura Hemming-Lowe moved to Berlin and carried out "Sausage Therapy" sessions with a number of willing female participants whilst discussing relationships, the history of the phallus, gender politics, adultery and identity.
Performers / Collaborators : Ruth Cody & Mariona De Lamo
Beauty / Life has been created through Laura's research into the notion of self betterment, self-help and self 'perfection'.
The performance, photography and film works draw on contemporary pop culture often to reveal the strange and absurd occurrences within the world of health and beauty. By disrupting and misplacing mass beauty ideals, rituals and procedures her aim is to open questions and debate around issues of the body, beauty and representation of gender.
Beauty/Life is a site responsive work dependent upon the context, geographical location and physical environment.
In the Beauty / Life Taster Sessions (performance) the audience are invited into an intimate setting where the beauty and life style coach Lauretta Hart and her assistants take the participants on an immersive sensory journey in how they can be ‘happier’, ‘healthier’ and more ‘successful’ with her beauty and lifestyle tips and treatments. What starts out as three pristine doll-like beauticians slowly disintegrates and the body becomes a canvas for food substances that are placed on it.
Beauty/Life has been performed at Laban (2012), SMASH LAB (2012) Camden People's Theatre (2013) & Belgrade National Theatre (2014).
"wonderfully mad, messy, brilliant and amazingly hilarious."
(TOTAL Theatre Review )
“Hilarious, beautiful, ridiculous and imaginative, Laura Hemming-Lowe delivers a concise and articulate comment on the beauty industry and the confused notion of what constitutes attractiveness today.”
(TOTAL Theatre Review )
“…witty, dark and exacting social comment with confidence and deftly constructed performance methods. A brilliant evening of mess, madness, beautiful images, laughs and political punches.”
(TOTAL Theatre Review )
“A fascinating, relaxed, beautiful car crash”
(Bryony Kimmings- Artist)
B E A U T Y / L I F E : t a s t e r s e s s i o n 1 w i t h L A U R E T T A H A R T
Artist / Editor: Laura Hemming-Lowe Performer / Model: Mariona De Lamo Camera & Sound: William Pine
One More Question
One More Question seeks to create an inter-generational dialogue between grandparents and grandchildren by creating space and time to ask essential questions surrounding love, food, leadership, justice and technology, focusing on our relationship with the internet and how it has changed our experience and perception of the world. This audio art project was commissioned by Kaleider in 2014. It was created by Laura Hemming-Lowe in collaboration with her Granny Fet & Kaleider.
One More Question: Teaser
This is my Granny Fet in Africa where she lived with her six children after the war until her husband was killed in a car accident. She's never cried about it.
Listen to One More Question: Episode 1 teaser here:
TIPPING POINT: is a performance video that Laura made in Devon in a field where she was born. It expresses Laura’s feelings of displacement, having moved from the city to the country-side and struggling to come to terms with change. In an attempt to express the feelings of despair and anxiety she set about creating a movement sequence playing with the architecture of the natural world and how it can reflect and heal our internal struggles.
TIPPING POINT was screened at IMAGINE IF THAT SAID... a group exhibition of work by ten artists at Safehouse II in Peckham 12th - 15th May. The show was curated by SPLEEN combining painting, sculpture, video, performance, printmaking and performance.
Collaborations & Other Performance work
As well as making her own work Hemming-Lowe collaborates with artists and performs for / with artists and companies
Symphony of a Missing Room - Lundahl & Seitl - Artistic Collaborator
Symphony of a Missing Room is a guided museum tour where the visitors depart on both a collective and an extremely personal journey. Via wireless headphones, a voice takes visitors, led by performers, on an itinerary that traverses layers of physical and imaginary architecture of the museum and its curatorial space. By the use of multi-sensory illusions and binaural sound recordings the visitor's attention is steered away from the visible and tangible world and diverted into a new perception of the self, time and space.
2010 - National Gallery, Birmingham (Fierce Festival)
2014 - Royal Academy of Arts, London (Lift Festival)
An Elegy to the Medium of Film - Lundahl & Seitl - Artistic Collaborator
Lundahl & Seitl create artworks as elegies to specific art forms and the architectural institutions where those forms are presented. In this new project they explore the future of film and the cinema.
An Elegy proposes the hypothesis that we carry so much film inside us that we need very little external stimuli to create a cinematic experience. Visitors enter a darkened room in which they experience projections that play not on the screen in front of them, but in their own consciousness. Mixing video projection with audio and choreographed touch, the visitor’s imagination is projected out into the cinema.
The Memory of WT Stead - Lundahl & Seitl - Artistic Collaborator
In Lundahl & Seitl’s practice the viewers’ perception is being transformed, being both the medium of the work, its potential content as well as the means to receive it. Here the essence of the artwork is intangible, pending creation inside the immaterial realms of conscious experience and a continuous passage of time.
Artists Lundahl & Seitl and experimental pianist Cassie Yukawa’s explorations in the structure of sound, feeling, movement and space have evolved into The Memory of W.T. Stead. The installation brings together Bach and the avant-garde Ligeti – composers who lived almost three hundred years apart – with allusions to the parapsychological musings of W.T. Stead, a journalist who foretold his own death on the Titanic. The work manifests in the atmospheric piano showroom, workshops and rehearsal studios of Steinway & Sons, in the evening when the building is empty of its craftsmen and sales people, and only a single pianist remains.
Phoebe Davies is an artist and producer, her practice is defined by its location and context, investigating and exploring how people perceive their social framework. She works in response to and in collaboration with individuals and communities.
As part of her Influences series, Phoebe Davies is collaborating with groups of women from across London, exploring current attitudes to gender equality, feminism, female expectations and individual agency.
Laura assisted Phoebe with image research, evaluation / documentation days and helping to install and facilitate the influences project on various occassions.
Splat! by Lauren Barri Holstein - Artistic Collaborator
Splat! Premiered at the Barbican (London , UK) as the launch event for SPILL Festival of Performance 2013. It is a SPILL Comission, and has been supported by Arts Council England, The Barbican, Laban Theatre, Queen Mary Unversity of London, and Live Art Development Agency.
Laura worked with Lauren and the other artistic collaborators on the initial R&D and creation of the show. She performed in the opening show at Laban.
In Lauren Barri Holstein's latest spectacular, choreographic masterpiece, Splat!, The Famous flies across the stage and through representations of the female victim, taking them– and the show– down with her.
Flailing around in roller-skates, an oversized Bambi costume, and her own urine, The Famous explodes contemporary notions of female desire, domestication and victimization.
What am I looking at? An intervention in 3 Acts, series of performances commissioned for Late@Tate Spring Series 2015 (April, May, June) with Tate Collective, and the Roundhouse Experimental Choir, Tate Britain, London UK
Photograph by Harriet Hundertmark
Related Primates by Dafna Maimon
Laura worked with Berlin based visual artist Dafna Maimon and Emma Howes over an 8 week period with a cast of 10 artists, performers and dancers to create Related Primates. The performance too place at the KW institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, on the 13-15th April 2017. The group engaged the audience with performative vignettes, participatory exercises, sculptural interventions and sensory stimulations using, edibles, sound and movement resulting in a 4 hour long non-verbal directed experience.
Stroker by Pilvi Takala
Laura worked with Pilvi Takala as a performer in 'Stroker', a film about touch in the work place. Made in collaboration with Second Home, London, this film will be shown in Helsinki in summer 2018. More info soon.