RIGHT TO HOST: 6 Characters in search of a host

Sean Gwee, Alexander Zikanov, Gabrielle Eglan & other members of the AA community

Bedford Square 17/5/2019 - 13/6/2019

17 May to 13 June

Hosting is a social function by which we accommodate each other.


A form of delayed exchange, hosting is a game that touches on ideas of hospitality, obligation, position and power.


The realm of the hosting is a TAZ, a Temporary Autonomous Zone in which the rules of the everyday are abstracted, exaggerated and rewritten. It is at once rehearsal and performance.


It is a play with consequence.


The cast of this play stems from Hakim Bey’s conception of Temporary Autonomous Zones, which he qualifies as having to “exist in geographical odorous tactile tasty physical space”.


6 characters are each named after a tasty texture.


CHEWY – a large terrazzo of soft foams

FIBROUS – 64 timber sticks

TENDER – a hinged pair of stairs

JUICY – a shifting chalk line

UNCTUOUS – a glazed ceramic object

CRISPY – a balancing metal frame


These characters form a reconfigurable stage on which acts of hosting are played out, facilitating public vignettes of hospitality (acts of hosting), and making visible the normally private act of a host inducting their guests into their domain.


The performance and installation has been designed by Sean Gwee (AA 4th Year Student and 2018/19 recipient of the Mark Fisher Scholarship), in collaboration with Alexander Zikanov (AA 3rd Year Student), Gabrielle Eglan (AA 3rd Year Student) and other members of the AA Community.


The installation on which the Right to Host will be performed will be available for visitors to enjoy from 10am to 8pm every day, from the 17th of May to the 13th of June. The installation will be reconfigured with every performance and so will have an evolving design.


You can find out more about the hosts in this series of interviews at http://lawun.blogspot.com/   

Scheduled Hosting:

17th May – 19th May Sean Gwee

20th May – 21st May Mollie Anna King

21st May (evening) Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act1, Critical Thinking

23rd May Pati and Tekla

24th May – 25th May Tiffany Loy

27th May – 28th May Sean Gwee

28th May – 29th May Daria

28th May (evening) Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act2, Critical Thinking

1st June – 2nd June  Joy Lai

4th June (evening)  Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act3, Critical Thinking

10th June Jolene

11th June Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act4, Critical Thinking

12th June Stefan

13th June Sean Gwee

More to be confirmed

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