Carolee Schneemann is an artist who combines pictures with performance. Her focus on the body is best realised in a theatrical exhibit conceived in Venice, 1964-1966. Water Light/ Water Needle employed eight dancers, painters, actors, and writers to walk and climb along a series of ropes and pulleys that were suspended over San Marco canal.
Now almost fifty years later, Schneemann's vision is being re-explored at the Hales Gallery until the 12th April. Entry is free, and will include footage from the original performance in 1966, along with diagrams of the installation, vintage photographs, and recent paintings by Schneemann.
Less an acrobatics act, and more an example of how the physical body reacts within a given space, the ropes behave like 'flesh extensions'.