Operated by people from across the globe who choose to live and work in the city, The Beast celebrates the vital role these workers play in keeping the city’s ‘machines’ working.
The Beast is the creation of Francis Thorburn, who is a practising artist working with performance and sculpture. Since 2008 he has been developing a series of processional performances, which use sculptural devices to head the procession. He wishes to fascinate and capture the audiences’ attention with the absurd and the extravagant, through ritualized action and the epic machine.
Concerns about a post–Brexit future are at the forefront of many people’s minds, particularly for migrant workers and their families who have built a life here. Francis’ processions embody the romance of epic journeys, depicting a tribe of travellers from another place exercising their freedom of movement. This fictitious narrative of the nomad is present in the work, but it also highlights the reality of the immigrant experience and their unpredictable future in the UK.
The Beast is just one of the artists commissions that feature as part of Planet B, a two-week programme of arts projects, film screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops, discussions, debates and dinners all exploring sustainability and the environment. The programme runs from 29th July to 12th August, at venues across Peterborough.
The programme has been arranged by the environmental charity PECT, working alongside arts organisation Metal and The Green Backyard, and with funding from Arts Council England.
For more details about Planet B, visit www.pect.org.uk/PlanetB and see the Facebook page @PlanetBPeterB or call 01733 568408.