Mark Leckey presented a series of four live evening performances of BigBoxStatueAction, designed specifically to suit the unique acoustic qualities of the Serpentine Gallery, on Thursdays 26 May, 2 June, 9 June and 16 June.
For BigBoxStatueAction (2003-2011), Leckey placed one of his Sound Systems 'in conversation' with a modernist sculpture. In order to elicit a response from the sculpture, Leckey serenaded it with a sound piece created from sampled music and archive material. If the community of clubbers depicted in Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore share a group mentality and the 'smart' fridge of GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction is an appliance with a mind of its own, in BigBoxStatueAction Leckey attempts to coax the sculpture to reveal its thoughts.
Mark Leckey, born 1964, was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2008 and at Le Consortium, Dijon, in 2007. His performances have recently been presented in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, Abrons Arts Center; at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, both in 2009; and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2008.