Hunt & Darton is a Live Art collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton. Having met at Central Saint Martin’s, Hunt & Darton have been collaborating for the past five years, approaching performance from a Fine Art background.
Hunt & Darton work with spoken word, movement, sound and installation. Their work comes out of a shared interest in what it means to be human. They make work about common problems, embarrassment and human behavior. They tend towards the deadpan and the absurd.
More recently they have begun to closely look at peoples’ past times/hobbies and subjects of fanaticism. What people choose to spend their time doing can be trivial to others and therefore the level of engagement should be absurd but the status and heritage of the activity prevents any questioning. The true fanatic is absurd, all the language and ‘gear’, filling time and providing purpose, the activity preventing boredom and the hobby becoming a form of survival or at least offering a reason to be. This is what attracts them to engaging with these new activities as a means to generate content for our performances.
Previous performances include:
Desperately Seeking Anything, Colchester Arts Centre 2007
Love is Like the Airport/The Airport is Like Love, Good Grief, Poetry Cafe 2008
Getting a Grip, The Basement 2008
Keeping a Lid on It, Mercury Theatre 2009
Everybody moving on, NRLA, Whitechapel Café, James Taylor Gallery 2009
Ladies, ladies, ladies and their ways, Norwich Arts Cenrtre 2009
The Moves, Chisenhale Dance Space 2010
Break Your Own Pony, Arnolfini, Hatch, Chapter Gallery 2010 – 2011
Hunt and Darton Driving Range, James Taylor Gallery, 2011
Hunt and Darton Bar Night, Colchester Arts Centre, 2011
They have worked in partnership with newworknetwork, Low profile, LACE (Live Art Collective East), Aid and Abet, Other Other Other and are currently supported by The Junction, Chisenhale Dance Space, LACE, Changing spaces and artsadmin.
Hunt & Darton’s current project, Hunt & Darton Café, a pop up café and interactive art installation, will be presented for four weeks in Cambridge in April/ May 2012 as part of the Live Art Collective East programme, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.
Leading up to the Café Hunt & Darton will be performing a series of Hunt & Darton Bar Nights: We are here to serve… taking over several art venue bars across the east region Autumn 2011 – Spring 2012.