Stuart Brisley, one of the most influential artists of the 60’s – 70’s, is widely regarded as
the "founder" of performance art in this country, perhaps most notorious for his disturbing
physical performances, examining the body politic and images of power. Brisley’s work
dealt with challenging the human body in a physical, psychological and emotional manner,
pushing the limits of what the body could endure, as a metaphor for the individual’s
[human’s] vulnerability. Brisley’s exploration of the essential qualities of what it means to
be human by challenging the human body in physical, psychological and emotional ways.
In much of his performance work, Brisley establishes a dialogue of action and reaction
with his audience that pushes the boundaries of conventions of social behaviour. Archive
footage of his earlier performances will also feature.