Exhibited beyond a red rope barrier, a woman lies in her bed for 30 hours
At Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on Twitter
9 – 10 August 2013
Bedding Out is a 30-hour performance by artist-activist Liz Crow that has emerged from the current welfare benefits overhaul that threatens many with poverty. A propagandist campaign that has seen a doubling in disability hate crime.
At set times on both days members of the public are invited to Bedside Conversations, gathering round the bed to talk about the work, its backdrop and its politics. For those who cannot visit the work in person, there will be two twitter-based conversations.
‘Bedding Outis a performance in which I take my private self and make it public, something I have not done in over 30 years’ says Liz Crow. ‘In a gallery, over a period of two days, I will perform the other side of my fractured self, my bed-life. Since the public me is so carefully constructed, this will be a kind of un-performing of myself. I want to make a twilight existence visible. But more, I want to show that what many people see as contradiction, what they call fraud, is only the complexity of real life.’
Bedding Outhas previously been performed at SPILL festival and Salisbury Arts Centre where the piece was set over 48 hours. A live feed was viewed by nearly 10,000 people in over 50 countries, generating interest and debate about changes to the benefits system.
Bedding Out at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Friday 9 – Saturday 10 August, starts 10.00am
At Hunt & Darton Cafe (Venue 172), 17-21 St Mary’s Street, EH1 1SU
Wheelchair accessible venue, with accessible loo
Follow @RGPLizCrow and use the #beddingout hashtag throughout the 30 hours. Join our Twitter-based Bedside Conversations on Friday 9.00pm, Saturday noon.
Members of the public gather round the bed to talk about the work, it’s background and its politics.
Friday 1.00pm, 5.00pm. Saturday 2.00pm.
Free entry. Duration 45 minutes. Book at Box Office: 0131 556 6550 or www.pleasance.co.uk/edinburgh
BSL interpreter and notetaker available.
www.roaring-girl.co.uk @RGPLizCrow #beddingout