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Jo Bannon

A photo of six people from Jo Bannon's 'Claim to Fame'

Jo Bannon presents Claim to Fame (Live Art)

Jo Bannons' unique solo work ‘Claim To Fame’ is a playfully interactive enquiry which attempts to build a community of strangers linked solely by their brushes with stardom.

Taking the form of a one-to-one encounter, the work seeks to question our attitudes to familiarity and intimacy. It is an attempt to enliven the past, by reliving, retelling, recording and reunion.

It is about slight, yet intimate encounters and attempts to be one itself. Most of all Claim to Fame is an excuse to meet people, so if you have ever passed David Hasselhoff in the street, are distantly related to Helen Mirren, once cut Mick Jaggers hair or anything in-between, why not add your story to the claim to fame collection.

Jo Bannon says "My practice is concerned with different ways of meeting an audience, one to one, in the dark, in cramped spaces or with my eyes closed. I am fascinated by interactive live encounters and often create tasks or scenarios which place the audience at the centre of the action, as co-collaborators.

My work is driven by a search for intimacy and played out through a desire to take risks and challenge the liveness inherent in performance. My attempt is always to find new ways of intimacy in a live shared space and I often make work which is based around sensory perception, the use of magic and implications of the collective in performance."

Claim to Fame is a unique and playfully interactive enquiry which attempts to build a community of strangers linked solely by their brushes with stardom. Convinved that everybody has one Jo has been asking people to take part in this exchange by answering the question 'what's your claim to fame?' This provocation has led to a collection of prized encounters, personal achievements and random celebrity meetings which are in turn surprising, touching and humourous.

17 September 2009 at 3.30pm
Green Room Studio, Manchester