Brian Lobel

Mourning Glory Trilogy

16th – 25th August.

Love Letters & Lehman Brothers, 16-21 August, 11am-5pm.
Purge, 22-25 August, 3:30pm (60 minutes).
Or Else Your Friends Will Have to Do It is available at the box office for purchase.

This summer, Brian Lobel will present his entire Mourning Glory Trilogy, a trilogy of performance works about love, death and technology built around the death of his first boyfriend. The first of these pieces – a performance publication entitled Or Else Your Friends Will Have to Do It – premiered at Forest Fringe in 2010 and was a featured work at Sacred Festival in 2011. The second performance – PURGE – has toured the UK and Europe extensively (BAC, Contact Manchester, Cambridge Junction, Showroom Chichester, Beursschouwburg Brussels, MAC Paris, Small Projects Tromso) and recounts Brian’s emotionally-disastrous installation in which he, over 25 hours, deleted his facebook friends via public vote.

In this third and final work – Love Letters & Lehman Brothers – Brian attempts to find the presence of his boyfriend’s body inside the words of the 2000-page Lehman Brothers Examination Report (which he wrote shortly before his death). Everyday for five days, Brian will cut pieces of the historic report to recreate emailed love letters written between Grant and Brian from 2005-2006. Love Letters & Lehman Brothers explores ideas of personal and international collapse, and finding the individual stories inside broader, seemingly-humanity-less financial discourses.

All three pieces will be shown at Forest Fringe this summer.

Brian Lobel creates performances about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded, and loved by others. The New York-born, London-based Lobel has shown work internationally in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums, marketplaces to forests, blending provocative humor with insightful reflection. He is a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at University of Chichester, a Core Artist with Forest Fringe, and an Associate Artist with Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine.

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