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Emily Beber writes about Reactor Halls E15

Aug 29, 2015

Reactor Halls E15: You can't win them all, ladies & gentlemen
Emily Beber

The first time I met artist Jenny Moore, we were stomach-down, on the floor of Tate Britain, silently dragging ourselves in choreographed movement toward the flight of stairs she had planned for us to ‘fall’ down, our descent overseen by an entire gallery-full of ‘Late At Tate’ visitors. This was just part one of her residency, ‘Disrupt’, at Tate Britain. I’d experienced some of her work before, as the stage-presence ‘Charismatic Megafauna’, a sort of hybrid cheerleader-come-all-girls-drum-band with impressive down beats and sinister costumes. But this performance trafficked something other. Designed to interrupt a conventional gallery experience, it realised itself as a contemporary institutional critique gone ‘cultural’ and there was a reckless loudness to it. The public space had been, for a while, Moore’s studio. And in just a few unprescribed movements, she had articulated and undone the tensions its austere façade had accrued over centuries.

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Richard Whitby reviews Reactor Halls E11

Jun 16, 2014

Reactor Halls E11: The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show
Richard Whitby

"Featuring works by Jennet Thomas, Paul Tarragó and Leo Chadburn (aka Simon Bookish), artist collective Reactor’s live art experiment Reactor Halls E11: The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show was a mixed bill of video, film, performance, music and a quiz (with prizes). The last in a series of ‘events that embrace the live situation’, it was held at the group’s studio space in Primary, a former primary school turned new art space in Lenton, Nottingham.

A classroom seemed an appropriate setting for this hospitable but also self professedly ‘dark’ programme – traffic between the worlds of adult and childish understanding being a common device in the works ..."

Read the full review on The Double Negative

Emma Moore reviews Reactor Halls E08

Mar 28, 2014

Reactor Halls E08: The Family Show
Emma Moore

The Family Show, hosted by Kathy Noble, marked the eighth episode in a series of live events staged at Reactor Halls, PRIMARY.  The evening was billed as a talk show[1] and included a special conversation with artists Julia Crabtree  & William Evans and performances by Jennifer Bailey and Sophiel Aurora.

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Anneka French reviews Reactor Halls E07

Feb 11, 2014

Reactor Halls E07: I am the Live Warrior
Anneka French

‘I am the Live Warrior’, curated by Juneau Projects for collective Reactor was the latest in a series of experimental events titled ‘Reactor Halls’ set within Reactor’s premises in a former primary school in Nottingham. Conceived as part gig and part live-drawing session, the evening sought to bring together the worlds of music and art to offer a space for play and interaction across forms of expression.

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