Watch Terry Smith’s piece for V22 in London. “Combine” here, filmed by Suzie Zabrowska



a work for five video screens, recorded music, live music, dance and audience

V22 is a new space in South London. About half the size of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

“Tara Cranswick invited me to make a project in the space. I loved it straight away. It was perfect for a new work that would involve dance for the first time. I met began to look for a choreographer. There were many choices i decided on Paola Piccato an Italian dancer and curator. She had a shared interest in Pina Bausch. I felt that we could work together well.

We then set about finding our dancers and through Laban and Place websites we were contacted by eight young and enthusiastic dancers.

Its important to me in all my projects to assemble a team of people who are keen to collaborate and importantly for me people who i can learn from.

I was given a new book on Robert Rauschenberg, I poured over this book and carried it back and forth from my studio and home. I knew his work very well and saw a retrospective of his works a few years ago in New York. There were things I knew but also some surprises, i particularly liked his sculptures made of cardboard.

Revisiting an artists works is always rewarding, because sometimes there are things in the work that you dont connect with at first and then later, perhaps years later you get it. I was also planning a new project to be part of the famous Dartington Summer School. I found to my amazement that Rauschenberg along with Merce Cunningham performed in 1964 a piece at Dartington called Story. I tried to find out more about this work and contacted Merce Cunningham Foundation but there was no images or information about the piece. I decided to call my work after Rauschenberg’s combine works.

The idea for Combine was to make a site specific work that could change and adapt for each location. That it could be something that could change. The title would always be Combine but the include the name of the room or building where it would be performed.”

Terry Smith



Gurpreet Dosanjh, Anne Marie H. Kristensen, Helen Newhouse, Margriet Nguyen, Eri Odoru, Rachele Rapisardi, Tim Rawlins, Johanna Ryynanen, Live vocals, Claire Barton, Sophie Kent, Georgina Mottram

Voices on film:

Sara Daintree, Flore Philis, Linda Hirst, Claire Barton, Sophie Kent, Georgina Mottram




COMBINE IS an ongoing work in flux, each location a different set of situations, images, voice and dance. The piece at V22 is the first version, the next will be at Dartington Summer School in the UK, the work at Dartington was commissioned by the Dartington Hall Trust.

Supported by The Performance Studio

Photography Trinity sequence Jonathan Callery

Technical support David Rowett and Lee Jones

About Ben Austin

Ben Austin studied History of Art at Reading University. He started Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch where he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of several artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001. Austin has worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the legendary Frieze opening night show/party entitled ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery (Marcus Harvey, Liz Neal and Barry Reigate). He has also curated exhibition at the Blouin Foundation – ‘After Dark’ series, featuring acclaimed artists such as Alice Anderson. He has been on the judging panel for the ‘Young Masters’ prize. More recently he curated ‘Art Britannia’ during Miami Basel featuring a collection of contemporary British artists and acted as the initial curator and advisor the The Dot Project Gallery in Fulham. Ben Austin acts as an art advisor and dealer. He writes for numerous publications including Artlyst and FAD.

One thought on “VIDEO: COMBINE at V22: NOW LIVE!

  1. Concerning Merce Cunningham’s “Story,” in which Robert Raushenberg did not dance but supplied the decor, you can find more information on the Merce Cunningham Trust website, and if you want to see images of the work, you can contact me via the Trust. There is no “Merce Cunningham Foundation” per se, though perhaps you were in touch with the Cunningham Dance Foundation. The work was performed as part of the company’s fabled world tour, and it is marvelous you find inspriration in this still fascinating enterprise.
    Nancy Dalva
    Merce Cunningahm Trust Scholar in Residence

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