Simon Raven

Work for Live Art Denmark
2014 “Blackguards” at Hitparaden 2, with Jenna Finch

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Videostill: Christopher Hewitt

Blackguard
“In all great houses, but particularly in the royal residences, there were a number of mean and dirty dependants, whose office it was to attend the sculleries etc. Of these (for in the lowest deep there was a lower still) the most forlorn wretches seem to have been selected to carry coals to the kitchens. To this smutty regiment… the people, in derision, gave the name of black-guards”
(Ben Johnson, ‘Love Restored’, 1612)

Blackguard (pronounced blaggard) is a rather old-fashioned term for a scoundrel. The lowest-of-the-low in a traditional royal household, the black-guard was responsible for carrying coals and other kitchen utensils between palaces. The term was later used as an insult. Inspired by the  extraordinary heights social and economic inequality is currently reaching, Jenna Finch and Simon Raven performed by re-visiting this image, ineffectually guarding lowly objects at the festival entrance.

About the Artist
Simon is an artist who works in performance, video, painting, sculpture and sound. Currently he is writing his PhD developing original critical and creative research into the value that diversity, and a lived experience of disability might have in the production and appreciation of contemporary art. Collaboration is a key part of his practice.

Om liveart_dk

Liveart.dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.