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Cornerhouse to give out free cabbages and you go for a walk with them

Published on April 9th 2008.


Win free cabbage

Ever walked through Manchester City Centre on a Saturday morning? Sound fairly normal? How about with a cabbage on a lead?

As part of the Asian Triennial currently running in the city, artist Han Bing is inviting people from all backgrounds, lifestyles and ages to join in a 'large scale participatory public performance in the city'. This involves walking cabbages through the city centre. No, honest.

Han Bing says, "I want people to question the definition of 'normal practice,' and to reflect on how much of our daily lives are routines we've blindly absorbed. We have choices about how to live. Performance art can cause us to stop and think about what we do, to ask ourselves how we should live. I don't believe that the mission of performance art is to supply answers to life's big questions, but it can certainly raise questions in public, provoking people to think."

And what better way to make people think about routines than by dragging a cabbage round a city centre on a string?

Participants are asked to meet at Cornerhouse at 10am on Saturday for refreshments and to pick up their cabbage – yes you get a free cabbage.

The walk will begin at 11am and follow a route through the city to arrive back at Cornerhouse at 1pm. People taking part are asked to wear, or bring, something on the walk which shows, who they are and who they think their fantasy self is. This is in order to celebrate freedom of expression. If you want to take a leek then that should be ok too. For those who love canines then it's probably ok to being your cauli along.

There is a workshop with Han Bing at Cornerhouse on Friday between 5pm and 7pm for people to find out more about the artist and his ideas.To book a place, email cabbagewalk@gmail.com

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15 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

foffiApril 9th 2008.

I am absolutely going to do this! Why not? It's right near my flat and i have nowt else to do, and could do with the exercise

Rights for CabbagesApril 9th 2008.

I think I speak on behalf of my leafy brethern when I say cabbages have feelings and rights. Did anyone ASK the cabbages if they wanted to take part in performance art? Particularly as it involves being dragged through the streets - WE DONT HAVE LEGS.

linda BApril 9th 2008.

could be worse they could ask a cauliflower to participate

too many shoesApril 9th 2008.

I feel for these brassica’s I really do. Being used as mere pawns in this leftfield, performance art experiment. As Kermit once astutely said "it's not easy being green".

hotdiggitydawgApril 9th 2008.

The city centre is going to stink nicely of stray rotting cabbage leaves after this!

CJBApril 9th 2008.

Who can argue with a celebration of freedom of expression in Manchester? This is who we are. Anyone for cabbage soup...

Yvette Victoria WarmbottomApril 9th 2008.

RE: "...cabbage for a brain"...if a cabbage is the alternative for the miserable turd that lies between your ears than I'm both proud and pleased to have one!

PaulApril 9th 2008.

At a guess the people doing this will already have a cabbage for a brain

Spencois SpurchApril 9th 2008.

Paul says..“ At a guess the people doing this will already have a cabbage for a brain”This bloke is a fweckin gimp !

too many shoesApril 9th 2008.

Is this a belated April Fool?

too many shoesApril 9th 2008.

Hmmm no legs on a cabbage, very true. Perhaps the solution to that little malady would be to perch said cabbage on a roller skate or other similarly wheeled vehicle, thus preventing dragging and avoiding potential leaf chafe. Just a thought……..

veloceraptorApril 9th 2008.

What do you call 2 rows of cabbages?A dual cabbageway

joApril 9th 2008.

Cabbage leaves can be used as environmentally friendly bandages which may come in useful if walkers on Saturday are wearing new chafing bootees.

AnonymousApril 9th 2008.

Hotdiggitydawg - the city won't stink of rotting cabbage leaves; like scooping the poop, surely they will baggage the cabbage?

the youngunApril 9th 2008.

The cabbage sits daintily in the basket,It dosn't sit daintily because it wants to be eaten,It sits daintily because it wants to live a long and fruitful life!

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