the Statoil Moonlight Ball

introduction

I liked the idea of trying to take over this semi-public space, and to use the garage architecture to create an image, to appropriate the petrol station as a glorious illuminated arena, that was my way of trying to subvert their presence in the world.

images


description

The idea was of gate-crashing a garage. There were lots of people around at the museum and we all got second-hand fancy dress clothes, really wild dresses and dressed up and went to the garage. There was a drummer and we had quite a lot of vodka and danced around and took over the space for a while. I really liked the idea of the audience being people who had stopped to get petrol, a really banal and unromantic audience. The people working there were just watching out of the window. The police did turn up and I don’t really know what happened, someone else talked to them. We tried to make a film that didn’t really come out, though there is a good black and white photo of the project. We were trying to use the technology available to us in Poland then where we were ‘camping’ in The Artist’s Museum , in Lodz. Around that time Esso petrol did an advert of cheerleaders dancing in a petrol station at night and I got paranoid that they had seen something…maybe they had appropriated my idea. What I had done was all quite obscure, in small places, but you never know.


details

Date

1996

Venue and location

Museum of Art, Lodz, Poland
Statoil Garage, Lodz

Media

Performance
Photographs
Video


archive

  • New Observations Magazine
  • Large format black and white photo
  • Video of performance
  • Photos relating to Artists’ Museum working process