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Degree show looming, too much to do, too little time and what to do? Yes do another ur:night. Why not, it makes logical sense.

ur:performance CLAIMS FULL MOON
from 7 – 12PM on June the 4th 2012

No nation currently claims ownership of any part of the Moon’s surface.
The Outer Space Treaty, formally the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, is a treaty that forms the basis of international space law. The treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon The Outer Space Treaty defines the Moon and all outer space as the “province of all mankind”.
The Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, better known as the Moon Treaty or Moon Agreement, is an international treaty that turns jurisdiction of all celestial bodies (including the orbits around such bodies) over to the international community. The 1979 Moon Agreement was created to restrict the exploitation of the Moon’s resources by any single nation. Thus, all activities must conform to international law (notably this includes the UN Charter).
All this will be different from 7PM to 12PM on June the 4th 2012 when the Salford based UR performance group will claim single ownership and excessive artistic exploitation of the FULL MOON.
The Group will set up temporary base at
Islington Mill
James Street
Salford M3 5HW
Ground control of the experienced team will surrender to fullness, sanity and long distance travel.
At midnight the moon will be handed back to humankind.
No tickets needed
BEWARE: The Moon has a long association with insanity and irrationality; the words lunacy and lunatic (popular shortening loony) are derived from the Latin name for the Moon, Luna. Philosophers such as Aristotle and Pliny the Elder argued that the full Moon induced insanity in susceptible individuals, believing that the brain, which is mostly water, must be affected by the Moon and its power over the tides, but the Moon’s gravity is too slight to affect any single person. Even today, people insist that admissions to psychiatric hospitals, traffic accidents, homicides or suicides increase during a full Moon, although there is no scientific evidence to support such claims.
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The first Red Light Confessional was created for Red night part of the ur:project Gabrielle and myself are a part of. As an installation it worked particularly well, receiving a great response at the time. We gained plenty of confessions dressed as Priest and Nun.
Although when we re-installed the confessional within our studio space we didn’t use them. It was felt that using other peoples confessions was really drifting from what the piece for us was about, that of course being us! However we recorded our own confessions, and these seemed to be lack lustre, they didn’t engage properly with those that were to view the piece. So these short burst confessions were then replaced with a couple of long meandering confessions from myself, with the voice distorted as though i was delivering some sort of ransom demand. I’ll not list off other changes and messing around we went through, the point to re-building the installation within our studio was to live with it for a while. See how we could move it on, make something more of it. Of course bearing in mind what other people had to say about it, but mostly so we could keep it “front of mind” as Maxwell jnr would say!
And so to those final changes. There’s an overriding feeling of Catholicism you get from anything “confessional”, not surprising as it’s a pre-occupation of that faith. However most religions cover confession in some way, a coming to terms with yourself and your actions. Plus of course lets not leave out all those with no particular faith, they too confess, we all talk to people about our actions without considering the actions of those we “confess” too. We of course made ours very sexual with the red light and with the penis shaped grill on the inside, these seemed integral to our piece. (Well maybe the grill was over the top). Our main feeling though was that it was way to comfortable to sit within our confessional, to easy to sit there and spout away, or listen. We needed to make the experience more intimate, and little uncomfortable. Thus increasing the seediness feel.
The simple resolution to these and other thought processes I’ll not bore with………. Chop a few feet off the top, put a ceiling on, take some width off the interior partition. The 8ft tall cavernous space reduced to around 5ft, 7 inches in height. The 4 ft square floor space reduced to something more like 2.5 x 4 ft. The penis grill thus becoming more dominant within the space, and the feeling of cramped space inescapable. Now whether you find that more comforting and intimidating I guess depends on your childhood, it certainly means the experience is less comfortable, and that was the main goal. The fact it now resembles the Kaaba, probably some sort of latent effect down to visiting Whitworth Art Gallery, the wonderful Idris Khan exhibit; The Devil’s Wall an inspiration. Other inspiring work there at the Whitowrth, especially the artwork by Saudi artist Ahmed Mater using a magnet and iron filings to represent people circling the Ka’ba in Mecca.

Red Light Confessional (II); installed at Islington Mill for the 'Sounds From The Other City' event

Red Light Confessional (II); installed at Islington Mill for the ‘Sounds From The Other City’ event