Pester & Rossi
A Bodyssey Odyssey


14 September – 11 December 2016

Ruby Pester (b. 1986) and Nadia Rossi (b. 1985) live and work in Glasgow. Collaborating, they make work that spans sculpture, performance and installation using a wide variety of media. Immersive performances and social experiments take root in DIY culture with ideas relating to childhood nostalgia, public ceremony and a celebration of the home-made. Often using imagery and props relating to the body, along with its physical and metaphorical associations, they provide a sense of familiarity for the audience, all the while generating irony and humour.

Playing Myself
Grace Denton
8 – 11 December 2016

Playing Myself is a BxNU RESPOND event, presented as an intervention to Pester & Rossi’s exhibition, A Bodyssey Odyssey.

Denton’s group of performance videos are projected and nestled at angles around BALTIC 39’s Project Space. Each video depicts a struggle, a futile task which may never achieve its purpose. The works are interspersed between existing Pester & Rossi works and interact with the existing sculptures.

Denton’s works act as further catalyst for the ‘active lab’ space already formed in A Odyssey Odyssey, utilising any small gaps between the inflatables, props and costumes. The overlapping soundtracks add a cacophony of sound that mirrors the existing array of colour. Denton’s work acts as a counterpoint to the exhibition’s joyful zenith of ‘cosmic pleasure’, portraying the desperate toil we often take in trying to get there. Denton ‘plays herself’ by performing and stylising her actions, and in doing so, invokes the urban dictionary definition of the title–she undermines herself and reveals a weakness.

BxNU Respond is an ongoing dialogue between current Northumbria University post-graduate students, PhD researchers, the exhibitions in BALTIC’s Project Space and BALTIC 39. The post-graduate community based within Northumbria University’s studios at BALTIC 39 are invited to submit proposals for a public event which in some way must respond to or have a dialogue with some aspect of the exhibition.

We invite members of the public to this new intervention on our closing weekend – a must see.