Search Party was born of the collaboration between artists Pete Philips and Jodie Hawkes, who create artworks exploring the relationships between artist and audience.
In Newcastle’s Eldon Square shopping centre, a local team was pitted against the Search Party artists in a Ping Pong game of epic proportions. As the tournament developed and fatigue set in, new unexpected narratives emerged. Rousing team talks and comfort breaks were needed and the allegiance of each supporter tested. The game created a new temporary community with spectators turning collaborators of a one-off live show.