Lou Lou Sainsbury: 1667: Not Alive, Just Living

Lou Lou Sainsbury, 1667: Not Alive, Just Living, 2019. Research Sketch - Work in Progress. Courtesy the artist
Lou Lou Sainsbury, 1667: Not Alive, Just Living, 2019. Research Sketch - Work in Progress. Courtesy the artist
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Lou Lou Sainsbury presents a new live performance and video work, 1667: Not Alive, Just Living. Focusing on contemporary ‘toxicity’, the work is inspired by the 17th century non-human to human blood transfusions of Jean Baptiste Denis, a French physician who made numerous attempts to transfer the spirit of the lamb (via blood) into sick human patients to heal them. Working from research into the folkloric vampire, histories of queer & ecological activism and intersecting forms of land & social toxicity, 1667: Not Alive, Just Living presents a spiralling fable for when ‘life’ is determined by religion & capital. As above, so below. The toxic voice of a mysterious substance seeps through the slippages, passing from carrier to carrier, species to species, with unstable and vampiric consequences.

Lou Lou Sainsbury is a non-binary artist, filmmaker, musician and writer based in London. They make things about strange and close encounters, seeking exploratory and intimate approaches to understand technology, power, and how living beings are represented in these structures. Lou Lou uses sloppy words, noisy performances and unstable images, creating treacherous and embodied fables for utopian thinking. They were an associate artist at Open School East (2017) and recently co-founded Remote Control (2019), an artist collective working with video and performance.

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