7 Year Itch
Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson
(United Kingdom 2015, 4:00 minutes)
What happens when language fails as a mode of communication? Can we use our bodies instead? The work of Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson often involves the live construction of sound to explore how the body can be used as an instrument. In 7 Year Itch we see a group of performers working in pairs to collectively construct the soundscape of a sex scene. Conceived as a sex therapy workshop, the couples create choreographies through movement and amplified sound.
Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson― Artist
Once described by Tate as ‘two of Britain’s most exciting young filmmakers and performers’, London-based performance artists Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson (born 1985) create choreographed group activities. Since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, they have worked independently and collaboratively to explore performance outside of traditional theatre settings. Their performances often involve the live construction of sound to explore how the body can be used as an instrument. At the centre of their work is an exploration of how performance is initiated in non-theatrical environments as a tool for working through everyday emotional and occupational problems and experiences. Since 2010, their performances have been shown internationally with showings at Tate Britain, London, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany, TENT, Rotterdam, Yapi Kredi Cultural Centre, Istanbul, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, and Camden Arts Centre, London. Photo credit: Trent McMinn