Survey by Qualaroo

Giles Bailey

Born in 1981, UK, Bailey presents work in Version Control from his ongoing research project, Talker Catalogue, which proposes divergent re-readings of performance art's histories.

Bailey subjectively reworks original material and looks at its legacy and potential significance for today. His installation presents this source material – images, texts, and videos – together with filmed versions of Bailey’s performances. His focus on the overlooked and footnotes of the official historical narrative suggests an alternative model for the assembling of history, and there is a conflict between the original works and their interpretation by Bailey. This challenges our understanding of documents as representations of the past, and suggests a more performative understanding that makes a link to the past and present at the same time.