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Boat Race

Erika Tan
1998/2000

audience participatory event

Boat Race

Boat Race is a performative participatory work that forms a continuum with Tan's other investigations into colour coding and early Victorian racial classifications.

Audiences are invited to make paper boats from a limited selection of coloured paper. These boats are later 'raced' on a nearby river. The work becomes a transformational space where the processes of choice and fun are transformed via the act of participating, into processes of competition, winning and losing.

Commissioned by Ella Gibbs, BELT, a space in between.

Shown at CAS, Osaka, East International, Norwich and Belt, London.

boat race was supported by a YOTA residency in Norwich Art Gallery.

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