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A Display of Horse Power – Deux Chevaux, performance art in Albertopolis, London

June 20, 2014

ArtsPerformance | by Maxine Kirsty Sapsford

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One not to be missed this weekend if you’re a fan of performance art and visual puns is Deux Chevaux, a performance piece by the artist William Mackrell taking place Saturday from 11.30am – 5.30pm. Mackrell will be taking to the streets of London in a Citroen 2CV ‘two horse power’ car, pulled by two actual horses. The work challenges the interaction of natural and mechanical power, questioning the limits of language to measure their differences and similarities whilst confronted with the unexpected in the everyday.


This will be the first time that Deux Chevaux will take place as a live public event. Mackrell will be travelling through the ‘Albertopolis’ and surrounding areas of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster, inviting public interaction whilst stopping at nine local cultural landmarks.


‘Albertopolis’ came into being, following the Great Exhibition of 1851 held at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Organised by Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition successfully raised the funds entirely through public support to purchase the surrounding land to establish the museums, cultural and scientific centres that continue to define the area today. Deux Chevaux aims to operate on the crossover between art, nature and science as a site-specific intervention that visits these historically progressive centres for exchange and ideas.


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Deux Chevaux will start at Hyde Park opposite the Serpentine Sackler Gallery 11.30am-12pm, travelling to the Natural History Museum by the Exhibition Road Entrance 12.15-12.45pm, Royal Albert Hall 1.00-1.20pm, Institut Français 1.40-2.00pm, Royal British Society of Sculptors 2.10-2.30pm, Chelsea Theatre 3.00-3.30pm, Dovehouse Green opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall 3.50-4.20pm, Duke of York Square 4.40-5.10pm, and finish at Andipa Gallery, Knightsbridge at 5.30pm.


Several activities will be taking place in response to Deux Chevaux in the area; including poets from the National Poetry Slam at the Royal Albert Hall from 1.00pm – 1.20pm and a young peoples performance from the Worlds End Estate at Chelsea Theatre, 3.00pm – 3.30pm.


For a full program of events please visit www.williammackrell.com


Words Maxine Kirsty Sapsford, Arts Editor

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Deux Chevaux is kindly supported using public funding by Arts Council England, a development grant from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Andipa Gallery, Chelsea Theatre and Crowdfunding.