Michael Smith: Performance Room | BMW Tate Live

Hales Gallery is pleased to announce Michael Smith's upcoming performance for BMW Tate Live: Performance Room series, at 8pm, 10 December, 2015.


Michael Smith is a video, performance and installation artist known for his eponymous personae, Mike, the hopeful innocent who continually falls victim to trends and fashions outside his grasp, and Baby Ikki, the melancholic toddler who is distracted by anything in his line of vision. For years both characters have been convenient narrative vehicles for Smith to engage tragicomic aspects of contemporary culture.


The latest episode in a series of underwhelming adventures, Smith’s Performance Room project tackles the timeworn theme of aging and youth. Smith presents his new video Excuse me!?!…I’m looking for the ‘Fountain of Youth’, interrupted by live appearances of Mike wandering in and out of various scenes around the water cooler during his final days at the office.


Performance Room is a series of performances streamed live across the world via Tate’s website and YouTube Channel. Tune in on Thursday nights at 20:00 (GMT) from 19 November – 10 December and see performances by Mary Reid Kelley, Otobong Nkanga, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and Michael Smith streamed live to you.

The global online audience is invited to join the online performance space via YouTube, and encouraged to chat with other viewers via social media channels during the performance and to put questions to the artist or curator for the live Q&A following the performance.

Each performance is then archived and available to view online after the event. Watch Performance Room 2012, Performance Room 2013, or Performance Room 2014.


Watch live online and join in the conversation at #performanceroom 


For more information, and to stream the live performance on 10 December please click here.

November 13, 2015