COCKTAIL is a collaborative project delivered by Lucie Akerman and Zoe Williams that has run from 2011-14. COCKTAIL’s central line of enquiry revolves around disrupting the channels of a comfortably received consumer experience. For each of its incarnations, COCKTAIL has acted as a pseudo brand or host that appropriates the framework of a late night bar or club. Through this process of imitation, COCKTAIL intends to negate the conventional commercial agenda behind the existence of these services in our lives, problematising our preconceived ideas and agency within them.
COCKTAIL III took place across two locations in Bristol and KARST, Plymouth. COCKTAIL at KARST assimilated research process, exhibition and live event to further explore the conceptual constructs of the project. Prior to opening at KARST, Williams and Akerman documented a series of events that they hosted in an intimate/private setting in Bristol. This material was then assimilated and presented at KARST as an exhibition open from 29th August-7th September.
A satellite project of commissioned sound and visual pieces were present throughout COCKTAIL within KARST and peppered throughout the public spaces of Plymouth during August & September. These artists include Jennifer Campbell, Casey O’Connell, Candice Jacobs, Joe Evans, Samuel Playford Greenwell, Samuel Hasler, Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski, Le Kevin Costner bar (Justin Stephens and Scott Rogers).
COCKTAIL is now in the process of being archived. For further information on COCKTAIL and the projects future developments please visit:
COCKTAIL III, extract from longer video made in collaboration with Lucie Akerman with specially commissioned sound work by artist Sam Playford-Greenwell, 2014