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Maria Pask: Summer School

30.8. – 18.9.2005

Amsterdam based artist Maria Pask, here brought together actors from Milton Keynes to work with a small group of Dutch artists. Arriving and encamping at MK G in a VW Camper van, Pask's ensemble 'spilled out' into the exhibition space, transforming the gallery into a production site for stage design, a prop making facility and rehearsal space all in one, open for gallery visitors to watch. The project comprised a four-day workshop, using a script devised by the artist.The play was performed over two evenings, presenting one act each night, the script for which the actors were only given that morning. Pask's project made visible the very structure of an artwork, and, racing against time, created as many possibilities for it to fail as to succeed. The script focused on the life and work of past resident of Olney, (Milton Keynes), John Newton, reformed slave trader and author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace'. Pask's project fittingly contemporised the past, connecting 18th century social reform with the social and political complexities of today.

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