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Uploaded on Jun 3, 2009
Helen Paris and Leslie Hill have been working together as Curious since 1996. In that time, they have made over forty projects in a range of disciplines including performance, installation, publication and film. The work is global and domestic: sometimes large, sometimes small in scale. Intimacy and a shared sense of encounter with an audience is always an important element.
Projects often start with a question; What is the relationship between smell and memory? What do you long for and where do you belong? What is lost and what is found in places undergoing rapid regeneration and change? What are gut feelings? The subsequent investigations involve intimate, personal journeys alongside public research and enquiry. This leads the artists into collaborations and conversations with an array of people including truck-stop waitresses, biological scientists, political refugees, ocularists, nuclear weapons experts, sex workers, film-makers, old folk and lost property workers.
Curious engage personally and as honestly as they can with these questions in their work as writers and performers. The resulting work is sometimes intimate, frequently edgy, often humorous and always authentic. Curious are produced by Artsadmin. Curious have had a close relationship with the Live Art Development Agency over the past ten years. Leslie Hill and Helen Paris have both received One to One Bursaries, have received DIY funding, and have contributed to EEC, and Live Culture.