durational performance, variable duration, 2019
available for touring
Please stay seated. Unattended security guards may be destroyed. This performance contains flashers and nothing much else of interest. The emergency exits are located now, then and whenever. Please ensure your devices remain calm.
Unfolding over four hours, Mr Jet reveals two ghostly ushers who lounge, pace, float and fidget; failing to stand to attention, whispering to each other through radio static.
Borrowing from customer service, public safety announcements, PR statements and emergency protocols, this playful and gently subversive intervention reflects on the oftentimes complicated relationship between institutions and their workers.
Mr Jet was a durational work originally made to be performed in the circle of N.I.A.M.O.S, a beautiful early 20th century theatre which is now a co-operative run arts and community hub in Hulme, Manchester. It was later remade for foyer and/or gallery spaces in arts institutions.
Created and performed by Clara Potter-Sweet and Ben Kulvichit
Photos Tamsin Drury
23 November 2021 / Emerge Festival, Warwick Arts Centre
21 September 2019 / Emergency, N.I.A.M.O.S, Manchester