THE END IS BY YUR was an exhibition curated by ShellShock Theatre* and the Elysium as part of the gallery’s 10th anniversary celebrations exploring notions, images and ideas of the afterlife.
The exhibition opened with an evening of site-responsive and immersive performances throughout Swansea City Centre, ranging from a mini-rave outside a dilapidated nightclub, a preacher converting the audience to the cult of Tescos, and smoke grenades engulfing the high street. We continued to host an exhibition which included photography, instillation, music, sculpture and culminated with a Saturday of the DEAD, a day of walking, performances and interactions in the gallery and around Swansea City Centre during the month of March 2017.
The ShellShock Theatre team regularly ponder notions of reality and religion, so it seemed about time that we launched a creative expedition into the afterlife. For many of us, death is a taboo topic that has the power to summon our fears and lead us to the darker places in our minds. But after running several smaller projects on grief and remembrance we realised that people are very willing to discuss the ins and outs of how they view the universe and their place in it. Essentially, the conversation always leads back to how one chooses to live.
We’re at a point in human history where our attentions are being drawn to sustainability and how we can reach it with our environment, our institutions and our own lives – we could learn a lot from one another by how we react when a heart stops beating. Death can provide a shortcut to a conversation about what we, collectively as people, are going to do to make things better while we’re still here.
*ShellShock is a creative partnership between Stephen Donnelly and Sian Stuttard.
We regularly use site-responsive performance in urban environments, direct address, autobiography, games and audience participation, encouraging audiences to perform, explore and co-author experiences in unexpected ways.
There’s usually alcohol and lots of shouting involved.
Our work has been shown in the cities of Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester and has been hosted at Elysium Gallery, Tactile Bosch, Chapter, Bristol Old Vic, Forest Fringe Edinburgh, London’s Southbank Centre and Somerset House.
A massive thank you to all THE END IS BY YUR Exhibitors;
Connor Allen | Jade Blood | Bourdon Brindille | Hex Ceramic | Kerry Challis-Thomas & Khaya Rees | Sam Chapman | Davies, Monaghan and Klein (DMK) | Ben Faircloth | Anna Flemming | Mark Folds | Slaven Gabric | Konstantinos Grigoriadis | Olga Guse | Penny Hallas | Ilona Kiss | Mandy Lane | Susu LaRoche | Simon LeBoggit | Michelle MacRae | Victoria Malcolm | Enzo Marra | Bobby Nixon | Duncan Poulton | Lucy Purrington | S.R. Jimmy | Hannah Scoular | Eifion Sven-Myer & Laura Simmons | David Theobald | Laurence Walker-Tonks | Manon Williams | Lewis Wright
Claire Avanell | Joanna Bond | Justin Cliffe | John Jones & David Hunter | Cinzia Mutigli | Sarah Padbury | Cerys Thomas-Ford | Functionally Dysfunctional | Alison Hancock | Jessica Lerner | ShellShock | Simeon Smith | Marina Sossie | Sarah Younan | Howl Yuan
and those who put together opening night studio Installations;