Homage : A Personal History 1979-2010
St James, Marty
School of Creative Arts
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
Art and Design
Research into Practice
Having been invited to participate in the 30th Anniversary of the National Review of Live Art in Britain. Marty St James will present his rendition of Homage, a performance art, video vocal sculpture in time and space..a sense and senseless exploration into language, meaninglessness and the meaningful. Homage is a homage to: .all fedora hats, including my own .my hat maker in the East End of London whom I have been visiting for twenty five years .my step-grandfather, who stepped out of his First World War helmet into his Fedora .Rembrandt and his hat in his self-portraits, which I visit as often as I can in North London .Beuys, whose hat met mine on a number of occasions .existing, ‘somewhere between the moving and the static’. .in this context this performance is a Homage to friend, former manager and part founder of the NRLA, Steve Rogers. Homage is a video portrait and live performance taking its cues from ‘other’ less popular, often forgotten cultural communities. Based on the notion of connectivity, it is a transmission from one time and space to another with no limitations. The work uses the simple object of a hat to engage the person, the hat representing community. It attempts to address the viewer in a direct but purposeful manner, locating values of being via image, movement and sound, reaching for a sense of consciousness. People have a high intelligence that is often discredited by systems, institutions and mainstream politics – creativity can release this via technology, tapping into individuality within a sense of place and global community. ‘Communitas’ means 'the same' but at the centre of the same must exist the individual. In a world where global connection can potentially come to demonstrate a sense of ‘flesh isolation’ Homage relates to a sense of personal history (Grandfather), creativity (Beuys) and community in place and time.