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The People You’re Not

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Exhibition Details

Inspired by the unfulfilled projects in our critically acclaimed exhibition Unrealised Potential, The People You’re Not is collaboratively created, interactive exhibition in Gallery 1, presenting the realised projects of three artists:

Harry Hill’s proposal To recreate George Cruikshank’s The Worship of Bacchus using known alcoholics has been realised by Bren O’Callaghan. Victorian satire meets Heat Magazine as six illustrators put a contemporary spin on scenes from George Cruikshank’s famous 1860 painting exposing the evils and horrors of alcohol. ‘Performers’ such as Kerry Katona and Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love and George Best, Oliver Reed and Lindsay Lohan are given centre stage in six large-scale Victorian-style toy theatres, setting the scene for cautionary tales of drunken celebrity clichés and the pitfalls of the demon drink.

A full list of the plays and celebrity cast members is available here

Feel Free to Stroke, proposed by Norman Clayture has been realised as an absurd, affectionate installation, that pays homage to the adoring fans and rock and roll life of ‘Norman Clayture’, a guitar hero in wooden underpants. Viewers are invited to step into Norman’s office and get an insight into the public and private life of the notorious balladeer. With exclusive access to soul-baring letters from Norman’s adoring fans and a chance to get on stage and experience five minutes of his fame, it has been created by members of LiveWire, an integral part of Cornerhouse’s programme aimed at young people aged 14-19.

Edward Barton’s proposal was simply Please Improve My Work. And so the group who chose it have recreated a significant, startling work of his entitled I’ve Got No Chicken But Five Wooden Chairs. In the new ‘improved’ version, I’ve Got a Chicken But No Wooden Chairs, an audio-visual installation merges vintage footage with new, bringing a darkly absurd element to the original. The work blurs the line between public performance and intimate private life, inviting a closer, off-kilter look at the eccentric side of the celebrity soul.

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