Mars.tarrab is Rachel Mars and nat tarrab.
Like a live-art take on a classic double act: one small, one tall, their relationship is always bouncing between competition and love. Formed in 2007, their work interrogates gender outlawism, femininity, masculinity, power, aggression and play. It is highly physical, visceral, funny and concerned with intelligent & intricate construction.
They are concerned with the funny, sad, revealing moments of life; both the moments that change the course of your life as you know it, and the ones that whip past almost without your noticing.
Their creation practice involves series upon series of instructions, image and text creation, disruptions, research insertions, slamming together of multiple performance elements, conversations, found texts and physical scores.
Recent commissions have included Ovalhouse, Islington Exhibits and House Theatre.
Matt Trueman on Mars.tarrab's process:
there are a lot of different things going on here: at base, the simple generation of material, but simultaneously, the twisting, entwining and colliding that takes it to the next level. In playing the cycle through, allow each rotation to inspire the next, it both churns the material, folding it in and back on itself... it’s not unlike a Rubik’s cube done in reverse, twisted at speed until the colour-blocks shuffle into something unexpected.