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Charlie Murphy The Kingston Big Wheel 2012. Courtesy the Artist and the Kingston University video crew.

Charlie Murphy’s Kingston Big Wheel Video

Kingston Museum 28 July – 20 Oct 2012

The Kingston Big Wheel is an exciting new video project directed by Charlie Murphy for the Stanley Picker Gallery’s No Competition! offsite programme.

Bringing together a wide range of gymnasts from across the borough through series of participatory workshops, the resulting performance transforms the group into a dynamic ‘Mexican Wave’ of human locomotion. Inspired by  formal public displays and protest traditions, the work interweaves rituals and gestures from dance and gymnastics referencing Kingston-born pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s motion-sequences.

Supported by students and staff of Kingston University, this new digital video draws on the rich history of the moving image and celebrates the rhythms, structures and stroboscopic qualities of the choreography through theatrical lighting and sound. The video will premiere as an installation at Kingston Museum to accompany the exhibition Olympic Celebration: Athletes in Motion from 28 July – 20 October 2012

Featuring an original score by composer Jorge Queijo, The Kingston Big Wheel joins together gymnasts from Avondale, Genesis and Tolworth Gymnastics clubs.

Click here to listen to Charlie Murphy in an interview with Kingston Green Radio about The Kingston Big Wheel.


Get Involved

For more information about this project and others please contact Natalie Kay on 020 8417 4074 or email n.kay@kingston.ac.uk.