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Tom Marshman: Knitting without Tears (2010/11), South Hill Park

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Uploaded on May 25, 2011

Performance in Opening Reception of At Play 3 exhibition, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell 15 April 2011.

The performance work was shown first as a work in progress in Coventry, as part of the Summer Dancing Festival. Tom Marshman developed repetitive movements associated with the action of knitting, based in part on The Knitters Instructional Handbook - Knitting without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann. One of the Zimmerman key phrases is 'knit on with hope and confidence through all crises'. The community of knitters that the artist worked with in Coventry agreed that knitting is a form of escapism. Tom Marshman is drawn to this phrase: this performance explores how knitting can become obsessive, addictive or aggressive when the knitter's life is out of control.

At Play is curated by Cally Trench & Outi Remes and produced by South Hill Park. Film by Matthew Dryer. Editing by Roger Prynn. Technical support by Sam Ratcliffe.

South HIll Park is supported by Bracknell Forest Council, Arts Council and Bracknell Town.

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