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PEER, London

PEER is delighted to present Crocodile Cradle, a collaborative text based work that will be applied on to PEER’s glass façade, alongside a recorded performance of the script. The project was initiated by Simon Moretti, who invited 53 artists including Fiona Banner, Tacita Dean, Lubaina Himid, Christian Marclay and Cerith Wyn Evans to supply a text that they had written or found.

The texts have been brought to life with a reading by actor Alastair Mackenzie; a 38-minute-film of his one-take performance will be viewable online and via a QR code, accessible from the gallery windows. Crocodile Cradle runs at PEER from 22 February until 20 March 2021. A live performance and publication will follow later in the year.

I have always been interested in the possibilities of different exhibition structures and to have a collaged text that can be exhibited, read or performed online or physically in a gallery. At this time while we are all dealing with social distancing or isolating in one way or another, in and out of lockdowns, I like the idea for all of us to be connected through a single work. – Simon Moretti

Artists, in order of appearance are: Liam Gillick | Lubaina Himid | Helen Cammock | Matilde Cerruti Quara | Nedko Solakov | Jimmie Durham | Tacita Dean | Andrea Bowers | Erica Baum | Liliana Moro | Giorgio Sadotti | Dan Perjovschi | Alejandro Cesarco | Stefan Brüggemann | Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press | David Horvitz | John Smith |David Austen | Calley Spooner | Vedovamazzei | Sue Tompkins | Peter Liversidge | Pavel Büchler | Cerith Wyn Evans| Goshka Macuga | Amikam Toren | Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt | Ian Whittlesea | Sylvie Fleury |Ugo Rondinone | Christian Marclay | Simon English | Carey Young | Mai-Thu Perret |Jimmy Robert | Marysia Lewandowska | Nicholas Alvis Vega | Linder | Koushna Navabi | Sophie Jung | Karl Holmqvist |John Armleder | Annie Ratti | Jason Dodge | Cesare Pietroiusti | Marcel Van Eeden | Daniel Gustav Cramer | Paul Heber-Percy | Joan Jonas | Jirí Kovanda | Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt | Jonathan Monk

Some of the artists have contributed original texts, while others have selected excerpts by writers and poets such as Daniel Defoe, Andrew Marvel, Samuel Coleridge, Emily Dickinson, John Cage and Christopher Isherwood.