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Instructions for a Theatrical Audience by Jason File

Artist Jason File shows the most recent work in his "Instructions" series, which blurs real life and performance art in an environment where members of the audience may, or may not, be performing at any given time.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Tue 25 Feb – Sat 8 Mar, 7:00pm

Venue: Café Bar

Jason File creates an immersive performance involving a series of individual secret instructions presented in sealed envelopes to each audience member. By converting every audience member into a potential performer during the course of an evening at the theatre, File destabilizes the reality of the social environment in the Ovalhouse space. Extending beyond an investigation of site specificity, File's work explores event specificity with a performance tailored for one moment in time, which uses its institutional and social context as a material. By creating and exploiting overlaps between real life and art objects or events, File poses urgent questions about how context defines our behaviour in subtle and often unattended ways. 

  • Tue 25 Feb – Sat 8 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Wed 26 Feb – Sun 9 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Thu 27 Feb – Mon 10 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Fri 28 Feb – Tue 11 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Sat 1 Mar – Wed 12 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Tue 4 Mar – Sat 15 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Wed 5 Mar – Sun 16 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Thu 6 Mar – Mon 17 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Fri 7 Mar – Tue 18 Mar, 7:00pm
  • Sat 8 Mar – Wed 19 Mar, 7:00pm

Additional information

Jason File is joint winner of this year's Ovalhouse Prize awarded to Chelsea College of Art graduates. File is an artist, university lecturer in Fine Art, and a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations in The Hague, where he prosecutes cases of genocide and crimes against humanity. His background covers law, social sciences, the humanities, and fine art, including a BA from Yale in Humanities, an M.Phil. from Oxford in International Relations, and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He graduated in 2013 with two first-class BA degrees in Fine Art: one from the Chelsea College of Art, and the other from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands, where he won the Academy Thesis Prize at graduation and was hired as a faculty member lecturing in Fine Art starting in September 2013. He exhibits widely and has received commissions from individuals and organisations including Hitachi Consulting in London. An American and British dual-national who speaks English and French, he lives and works between London and The Hague.  For more information see

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