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Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin a season of interdisciplinary arts

Future Factory, within the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University, is proud to present the 7th Sensitive Skin season of performance and live art.  

Taking place in The Bonington Gallery, building and off-site from April to May, critically acclaimed artists will present work which responds to themes surrounding the material body, cartography, civic space and architecture.  

  • Dan Belasco Rogers will return to Nottingham and put his forty year-old body through the streets he walked as a twenty-year old.  Charting personal cartographies and impressions which will result in a multi-screen video presentation in The Bonington Gallery from 17 – 21 April.    
  • Will Pollard is concerned with the relationships between the visible and the invisible, the body and the object, the audience and the performer.  All of these will be explored through a video installation in The Bonington Gallery from 24 – 28 April.   
  • For Sensitive Skin, Jon Fawcett will assist with the creation of a multi-dimensional object stretching across Nottingham.  This object will be distributed to specific locations across the city, aiming to present an experience as opposed to a message.  
  • From 1 – 5 May, The Bonington Gallery will house an interactive map initiated by arts collective Graft and Matt Hawthorn.  Artists from the past three years of Expo (platform festival for emerging artists) will be invited to create a piece of work along the River Trent, using their practices to discover hidden identities and generate new mythologies.  
  • Leibniz (Helen Spackman and Ernst Fischer) will bring their powerful performance Book of Blood to Nottingham on Friday 11 May.  The piece explores issues relating to human rights and disenfranchisement.  It aims to stimulate the audience’s transition from passive witnesses to more contributing spectators.  
  • Mr Quiver is a durational performance by Rajni Shah which explores themes of identity, theatricality, and our relationship to the land we live on.  Over four hours on Saturday 12 May, the performance will be built up and destroyed, leaving audience members with images long after the event. 
  • ‘Religious myth’ is a central theme which surrounds all of Harminder Singh Judge’s work; whether through his complex installations, performances, bodily adornments or shrine like sculptures.  For the festival Harminder will show Live Sermon on Saturday 12 May, as a short durational performance in Bonington building.          

Also on Saturday 12 May, 12 – 5 pm, a symposium will be held in the Bonington Lecture Theatre.  Re-sensitised will bring together past and present artists from previous Sensitive Skin festivals to discuss how performance and live art has changed over the course of the last seven years.