Within seismology, earthquakes are often referred to as Felt Events. In the Spring of 2014, Ilana Halperin used the term to title an evening performance at the mouth of Fingals Cave, Staffa. With a small audience and standing amongst the resounding columnar basalt of the cave, Halperin’s spoken-words worked with the temporalities of geological and daily events. In response to the geological specimens housed within the Leeds collections, Halperin will give a performance of Felt Events for a Leeds audience, followed by a discussion with Anna Reid (Pavilion)
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Halperin explores the position of her body and imagination within and as part of geological phenomena. Halperin has boiled milk in the 100 degree Celsius sulphur spring of an active volcano; has held the Allende Meteorite in her own hands and has scaled the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. She has collaborated with organisations including the Global Volcanism Programme, the British Geological Survey and Earthwatch. Solo exhibitions include Steine at the Berliner Medizinhistorsches Museum der Charite, Hand Held Lava at Scering Stiftung, Berlin and Physical Geology (slow time) at Artists Space, New York.