Published on February 19, 2014 | by Edwige Dubois

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Ovalhouse honours two Chelsea alumni

Two Chelsea College of Arts graduates have been awarded this year’s prestigious Ovalhouse prize, meaning they will both get the opportunity to perform their own shows at the experimental art centre.

The winners are BA Fine Art alumni Mimi Winsor and Jason File. File also has another Fine Art degree from the Royal Academy of Arts in the Netherlands where he is now working as a lecturer.

Titled Play Box, Winsor’s new show is a performance-based installation, which utilises 400kgs of baking ingredients donated to her by food companies.

“It’s always been large scale but it got bigger and bigger,” Winsor told Arts London News.

Winsor said that there is an “element of risk” in her new performance: “It is unpredictable in terms of the consistency of the dough or the icing. If anything goes wrong we just have to react to the situation.”

“I am not uptight about what happens in the performance; what will be will be,” she concluded.

Difficulties

Winsor also spoke about the difficulties arts graduates face after finishing their degrees: “I think the hardest thing in leaving university is finding space to build work. I luckily found a workshop which I pay to use now.”

“I am not uptight about what happens in the performance; what will be will be.” Mimi Winsor

File will be presenting Instructions for a Theatrical Audience: Performance with one thousand individual instructions at the Ovalhouse at the end of February, where each member of the audience will be given a secret envelope.

The immersive performance explores the relationship between context and behaviours and invites the audience to be part of the piece.

Playbox will be showing at the Ovalhouse Theatre on February 15, 18 and 22 at 7.20pm.

Instructions for a Theatrical Audience will be showing at the Ovalhouse Theatre from February 25 until March 8, at 7pm.

 

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