The Performativity of Clapping
concert, 2021

A video about the performative qualities of clapping made during the 2020 UK Coronavirus lockdown. Working with footage of the ‘Clap for Carers’ events that took place in the early part of the UK Coronavirus lockdown, the video explores the symbolic and performative power of clapping as a group activity that opposes discussion, disagreement and nuance. As the voiceover says, ‘clapping stops thought in its tracks’. The work examines both the act of clapping and its portrayal in the media, concluding that clapping as a response to a political crisis is a resolutely anti-political action.

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau (GB)

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses ugliness and taste, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects. He is a postgraduate researcher at Kingston School of Art where is undertaking practice based research into power relations and emotions. An Associate of Open School East, 2013- 2014, he founded The Bad Vibes Club, which is a forum for research into negative states, runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London.

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