Do you remember it - or weren't you there?

Curated by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

An exhibition of work by artists and writers whose starting point was a live performance by Philip Lee and Cally Trench.

Documenting and describing live performance art is extraordinarily difficult. Photographs and videos can show you what happened, but rarely convey the feeling of being there, of experiencing the event at the time, in real time, live.

As an experiment, in 2010, Philip Lee and Cally Trench invited a number of artists to make work (their own work, not documentation) triggered by seeing one of their Blindfold Slip performances in late 2010 and early 2011. They wanted to explore the idea that one way of creating that feeling, of conveying a memory of the experience, might be through the making of another work of art. They proposed that this would be comparable to ekphrasis, the dramatic description of a work of art in the form of a poem.

Do you remember it - or weren't you there? featured work by Marco Cali, Alison Carter Tai, Judy Goldhill, Jane Grisewood, Ingrid Jensen, Lydia Julien, Philip Lee, Sophie Loss, Tony Moody, Claire Norman, Lorraine Pepper, Steve Perfect, Alan Prosser, Ann Rapstoff, Zahed Tajeddin, Cally Trench, Helen Udal, Mary Yacoob, and Silvia Ziranek, and was curated by Cally Trench and Philip Lee.

The exhibition was open daily 31 January to 3 March 2013, 9am - 5pm.

Catalogue supported by CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), University of Westminster.

Exercise Slip by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Cally Trench and Philip Lee
photograph from Exercise Slip (2012)
timelapse film

London Gallery West

London Gallery West, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3TP

For information about Do you remember it - or weren't you there?, including a press release, catalogue essay, photograph album, review by John Bunyan, Response by Lorraine Pepper-McCrudden, and a text by Silvia Ziranek, see DO YOU REMEMBER IT? - OR WEREN'T YOU THERE? on Cally Trench's website at


Philip Lee's website
Cally Trench's website