J&J (Jessica Huber & James Leadbitter)

The art of a culture of hope

10€; 7€ (under 30 - over 60) :


11th September | 8:45 pm
La Pelanda – Studio 2

in English with subtitles in Italian
in collaboration with Baobab Experience

Climate change, peak oil, mass migration, wars in the Arab world and beyond, destabilisation within Europe, financial instability, the rise of nationalism and the erosion of human rights.

It’s difficult to look into the future without fear.

Artists J&J (Jessica and James) refuse to be governed by the politics of fear. Through a process of performances and workshops they are igniting long-term discussions, exchanges and actions about our system of values, our fears, hopes and collective future.

For Short Theatre 2018, J&J will facilitate a series of workshops with refugees in collaboration with Baobab Experience, over three days. On 11th September they will present A Sharing about their project, including ideas they have encountered whilst in Rome, and those collected over the past three years whilst travelling across Europe.

J&J is a collaboration between Jessica Huber (Switzerland) and James Leadbitter (aka the vacuum cleaner, UK).

Jessica Huber
Jessica Huber is a Zurich-based performance and installation artist. She studied choreography and dance at the Laban Centre London and City University of London before shifting the focus of her artistic work to performance art. In 2005 she co-founded the mercimax collective, a theatre group and performance installation collective, based in Zürich and receivers of the Cultural Theatre Prize of Zurich 2012. Jessica works with curiosity and has a special interest in the texture of relationships and in how we function as individuals in society.

the vacuum cleaner (James Leadbitter)
From one man shows to large scale participatory actions, the vacuum cleaner’s approach is both subtle and extreme, but always candid, provocative and playful. His work has been exhibited throughout the UK, including commissions from Tate Modern, Wellcome Collection and Nottingham Contemporary as well as for BBC4 and Channel 4. He regularly present work internationally both on the streets and in art spaces. He is an Artsadmin Artist.

Created by J&J (Jessica  Huber & James Leadbitter aka the vacuum cleaner)
Production Mary Osborn for Artsadmin
Supported by Pro Helvetia