by Christabel Stewart .

Kiss My Nauman

"By any means necessary" was Jarvis Cocker's claim as he unveiled his curation of this year's Meltdown Festival at the South Bank Centre in London, referring to his belief that, "culture should be a stimulant not a sedative". His programme included a new arts commission by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 'Kiss My Nauman', that is both a tribute to an early Bruce Nauman film, and a close up of Kiss's number one tribute band transforming themselves into their theatrical doppelgangers through application of make up. Set up as a four screen installation to mirror Nauman's seminal film in four parts, 'Art Make-Up', from 1967, in which the artist makes himself up variously in white, pink, green and black make up, Kiss My Nauman poses transformation of identity as one ingredient of cultural stimulation.