What if we could change the world?
Commissioned by EMDASH and inspired by ideas around demonstration, protest and democracy, in early 2014 British artist Peter Liversidge began working with sixty children aged 8 and 9 from east London on ideas about community, commonly held views and the power of collective voice. Together they created songs, choreography, banners and placards which expressed the children’s views on everything from ‘No More Homework’ and ‘Our shoes are too tight’ to ‘I Don’t Like Cooked Tomatoes’ and ‘Less trucks and cars. More chocolate bars!’
The resulting performance was staged at the Whitechapel Gallery on May Day 2014, at the South bank Center in October 2014 and again at the Whitechapel Gallery on May Day 2015 in conjunction with an exhibition dedicated to the project featuring documentation of the workshops and rehearsals.
Peter Liversidge has worked with a diverse range of institutions, including Tate Liverpool (2008); Bloomberg SPACE, London (2009); The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Tate Modern, London (2013); Tang Museum, Saratoga (2013/14); i8 Gallery, Reykjavik (2014); Printed Matter, New York (2014); Drawing Room, London (2014); The Mac, Belfast (2014); Matt’s Gallery, London (2014) and Basis, Frankfurt (2014/15).