Present Tense by Adam York Gregory and Gillian Jane Lees
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
11am - 5pm (approx)
Durational performance: audience can come and go as they please
Present Tense is a task-based performance and experiment that creates and examines tension in an
enclosed space. The performer backs herself into a corner by setting several hundred mousetraps, each one adding to a growing sense of tension.
Gillian moves through the space carefully setting several hundred conventional wooden mousetraps on
the floor. Her hands and feet are bare and vulnerable being close to the trap mechanisms. She continues
until she is backed into a corner. She then begins the process of skilfully moving through the set traps to
exit the space.
Gillian and Adam aim to create a cumulative physical tension through the spring loaded traps and
observe if it equates to a growing sense of emotional tension in anyone witnessing the piece whether
the repetition of a task that contains an inherent physical danger becomes more tense when performed
Gillian is a Glasgow based performance practitioner. Adam is a visual artist. Together, their practice
seeks to explore the notion of the imagined ideal through subjective performance, objective experimentation, documentation and observation.
Age Guidance: All welcome. Young children must be supervised by adult.