Performance art at New Walk Museum

Published on 24 April 2015

A PIECE of performance art created by a Turner prize-nominated artist has been acquired by Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

The work, called Home Made Tasers, will be shown in its new home for the first time later this week. 

Home Made Tasers was created by artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd in 2012 for the New Museum in New York. It’s a performance based around a giant puppet called the Brain Bug, which will be on display between performances.

The Brain Bug is itself based on the sci-fi creature from the 1997 film Starship Troopers.

Hugo Worthy from Leicester’s arts and museums service said: “We are delighted to welcome Home Made Tasers to New Walk Museum. It’s a new departure for us to have acquired a piece of contemporary art incorporating a choreographed performance. I am sure that lots of children and adults alike will enjoy Marvin’s boisterous experience.”

Artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd said: "Working closely with the Art Fund, Contemporary Art Society and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery has enabled my work to remain open to interpretation, to be 'alive' within the collection and to adapt in the future. The work cannot simply be boxed and wrapped up and stored for future generations, instead it needs to be interpretive. How cool... how unstuffy! How extraordinary!"

The Brain Bug will be on display from 25 to 28 April and the performances – which last about 15 minutes – will take place at 3pm on Saturday 25 April, 1pm and 3pm on Sunday 26, 4pm on Monday 27 and 4pm on Tuesday 28.

There is no need to book for these events.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd will also be in conversation with museum staff, and will formally present her work to the museum, in an event starting at 5pm on Saturday. To book to attend this event, email

Home Made Tasers was acquired by the museum thanks to funding won from the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society. The organisations set up an initiative called Testing Media, to help museums acquire contemporary works considered to be outside the traditional boundaries of fine art.