Spike Island

Adult male actor/dancer required for artists’ film commission

Spike Film and Video are seeking an actor/dancer to feature in a new film by artist Patrick Staff exploring queer intergenerational relationships. 

MALE LEAD: Adult white male aged between late 40s-60 years old. Average to larger build, and masculine. Primarily a physical role, with some dialogue. The actor will have a confident and nuanced approach to gesture and a subtle air of confidence and authority. Generic British or American accent. Dance experience preferable. Understanding of experimental theatre approaches would be useful. Tattoos, piercings or beard a bonus.

The character is a senior figure, perhaps a mentor, to the artist (who will play himself). Together they occupy an abstract set, re arranging furniture, watching tv and dancing together.

KEY DATES:  20-21 September 2014
REHEARSAL: early September 2014, 1-2 days
FEE: Paid

The Foundation is a new film exploring queer intergenerational relationships negotiated through historical materials by London based artist Patrick Staff.

The film cites the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles as a living archive and home to the collection of work of the erotic artist and queer icon and a community of people that care for it. Observational footage shot at the Foundation is intercut with a series of choreographed performances between the artist and an actor within a stylized stage set. The film is motivated by an interest in the multiple and layered functions of the building – as archive, domestic space and an organisation with an active agenda – but also the role of the Foundation as a site of desire and sexuality.

The new commission will result in a large scale single screen video installation to be presented in major solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally through 2015-16.

Filming will take place in Bristol in mid September over 2 days with two days allocated for rehearsal, also taking place in Bristol.

Please send a brief expression of interest, your cv and headshot to ali.roche@spikeisland.org.uk before 5 September 2014.

Patrick Staff is an artist working with film and video, installation and performance. Selected exhibitions, performances and screenings include Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making, Tate Liverpool; Communal Knowledge, The Showroom, London (both 2014); Mental Effort Before Action 1-5a-5b, South London Gallery, London; A Factory as it Might Be, International Project Space, Birmingham (both 2013); Chewing Gum for the Social Body, Tate Modern, London (2012); and Community Without Propinquity, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2011). He was a participant of the LUX Associate Artist Programme 2010 – 11 and was the inaugral LUX/White Building Collection Residency (2014) artist.