COOLS x WORM: Natasha Taylor - Issue Wrestling
There are two common strategies for dealing with social problems: ignore or drive up. Rotterdam artist Natasha Taylor examines a third way: addressing social issues through show wrestling. We call this playful third way Issue Wrestling.
From November, Taylor started talking to people from the neighborhood 'Cool' in the immediate physical environment of WORM about what interesting, appropriate and urgent storylines could be for a Rotterdam wrestling show. The focus is on small-scale problems, which form characters for the exhibition and performance. For example: the parking problems for residents in Cool: Parking nuisance vs. Regulations. Taylor, the local residents and WORM want to investigate whether a playful spectacle such as a show wrestling match, with recognizable problems from the neighborhood, can contribute to a kind of relief and serve as a reference point for follow-up discussions. From 8 to 16 December, there is an exhibition in the S / ASH GALLERY of WORM showing costumes, attributes and promo videos on which Taylor, 6 wrestlers and residents of Cool-Zuid have worked. On December 16, three issues will be wrestled in the ring in UBIK space.
The Kunstblock institutions MAMA, WORM, V2_, TENT Rotterdam and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art have invited various artists and collectives to realize special projects. Every month from September 2017 to May 2018 there is a surprising performance, performance, intervention or installation in the Cool neighborhood. The COOLSTOF projects also take place on Friday evening, during De Kunstavond. The first COOLSTOF edition was a performance by Geo Wyeth for Showroom MAMA in September 2017. COOLSTOF is made possible in part by the Municipality of Rotterdam.
Issue Wrestling is made possible with financial contributions from CBK Rotterdam, Opzoomer Mee Bewoner Idee, Municipality of Rotterdam, Kunstblock and WORM and the efforts of local residents ('special thanks to Perry Kruithof, Ivan Winter, Jopie Alleman from Dorpshuis de Coolenkit) and entrepreneurs from Cool / Witte de Withkwartier.