Following a spectacular presentation staged on the screens of Piccadilly Circus with contemporary artist Anne Imhof, who recently presented pioneering works at the Tate Tanks as part of their performance art programme, Patti Smith returned to central London with a livestream dedicated to environment figure Greta Thunberg on her 18th birthday (3rd January 2021). Over a million people tuned in to Circa’s website, the contemporary platform behind the project, on New Year’s Day, to watch her inaugural performance with Imhof.
“Some of the work I did in my bedroom, some in a recording studio and some at my desk,” says Smith. “I had to teach myself how to use photo-booth on my computer and then film myself reading a poem to the people, and then figure out how to send it. I’m sure there are 14-year-olds who can do this in five-minutes, but it took me quite a while to figure it out, but I got there and I’m so proud of myself. This is my contribution to the technological world.”
Audiences in Piccadilly Circus can connect their headphones to circa.art and immerse themselves into the series of multimedia ‘tableaux’. The website also streams the artwork every evening at 20:21GMT. In addition, Patti Smith has created a series of four prints costing £100 each which available to purchase on shop.circa.art from 1 – 31 January, 2021.
Created by artist Josef O’Connor, audacious and innovative curatorial platform Circa has invited a different artist each month to present new ideas on the screen. “We are proud that Circa has played its part in making art more accessible to audiences across London when it is more important then ever before.”
Images: Patti Smith during her performance (Circa/PA) and banner for collaboration with Anne Imhof.