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Aaron Williamson is artist in residence at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and is using his time to ‘eavesdrop’ upon the paintings in the collection. As one of DAO's Diverse Perspectives commissions, Aaron is blogging about his his work-in-progress 'The Eavesdropper' which is part of the Liverpool Biennial and DaDaFest 2012, culiminating in a series of performance-based interventions in the gallery in November.

Blog 11: Eavesdropping on an Eavesdropper

22 November 2012

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artist aaron williamson poses on a plinth in the walker art gallery, with a face covered in eyes

By Lucy Gardner, Assistant Curator of Fine Art, National Museums, Liverpool This was my first experience working with and artist in residence and it has been a truly eye opening occurrence.  We are extremely happy that Aaron chose the Walker to eavesdrop upon and I was pleased to be asked to facilitate the project. I could never have imagined the depth and scope of the research which was going to take place. Over 6 months of Aaron’s visits to the Walker I have been lucky to have...

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Blog 10: Conclusion on performance as an artform

21 November 2012

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artist aaron williamson poses on a plinth in the walker art gallery, with a face covered in eyes

Self-objectification is curious thing to attempt. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday I stood on a plinth in the centre of the Victorian Room at the Walker Art Gallery as a living exhibit. I wore a rough tunic that echoed the style of costumes in the paintings all around and added a touch of Victorian Aesthetic opulence by covering my head with fake eyes as though I was representing some mythological character or other. I named the piece Cyclodusa to indicate the mutant nature of my invention:...

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Blog 9: Performance at The Walker Art Gallery by Aaron Williamson - 'CYCLODUSA'

14 November 2012

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black and white image of a face covered in eyes

This is the last week of my residency at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and so I’m now devising the final performance. I’ve taken yet another direction with the work but it follows on from the research I’ve done into the real-life artist’s models featured in the paintings around the Victorian Gallery (Room 8). I’ve written about them here. I’ve decided to transpose the concept of the eavesdropper from the ears to the eyes. A common phrase concerning a...

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