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MINGERING MIKE GOES TO LIVERPOOL!
October 24th, 2008 @ 5pm
at A Foundation, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BY
Join artist David Blandy (aka The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim) and Mingering Mike at Liverpool's Biennial Art Festival, The Bluecoat, as they take the stage for a one of a kind interview!
Through video, performance and comic strips as the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim, David Blandy integrates real life and virtual adventures. Donning the orange robes of a Buddhist Shaolin Monk, portable record player in hand, Blandy’s semi-fictional alter ego has been a hermit in an 18th Century park in Surrey, made an American road trip, crossed the English Lake District from one record shop to another, and searched New York for places associated with soul songs. Now the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim is continuing his spiritual journey in search of another fictional character, the recently ‘discovered’ American soul singer Mingering Mike, whose home made records, produced years earlier, turned up at a flea market, sparking an interest amongst record collectors in the identity of this mysterious, unheard soul voice lost in cardboard grooves. Blandy’s soulful tribute will look for parallels between his and Mike’s alternate identities, creative processes and artistic outputs (both for instance create comic hero drawings, and share a deep love of soul music). The process is a mythical search for a mythical identity, a crossover where two different fictional universes collide. It also constitutes an investigation of authenticity, a fictional search for an ‘authentic’ so-called outsider artist, a fantasy transformed into reality.
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