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Knitted Horse Performance

A 20 minute adrenaline-fuelled machine-knitting performance – perhaps the first of its kind – in which  Eadweard Muybridge’s iconic ‘Horse in Motion’ is knitted, ironed and animated to soundtrack of horse-themed 7-inch records. As the artist talks the audience through the process, the “will he / wont he” suspense is heightened by the self-evident danger of knitting-whilst-talking, and using a hot iron whilst listening to loud music. Those audiences lucky enough to see the artist successfully traverse the highwire tension of live knitting are rewarded with the wondrous sight of a knitted horse galloping onscreen, inviting rapturous applause. Previous witnesses have likened it to an almost religious experience.

The Knitted Horse Performance has been successfully performed at Waterside Arts Centre (Sale), Creative Process (Liverpool), and Flatpack Film Festival (Birmingham). It has also been unsuccesfully performed at Film Material (Manchester), whereupon the knit carriage jammed and broke two needles.

Tech requirements:

Venue provides:

  • power, extensions
  • chair
  • speakers / PA and audio input (if possible)
  • projection screen (if possible)
  • documentation (if possible)

Artist provides:

  • 2 x tables
  • projector and cables
  • record player
  • iron
  • knitting machine
  • camera for live feed
  • PA / speakers (if neccesary)
  • projection screen (if necessary)