GV Art presents a retrospective exhibition: charting new destinations or the future
The artists and scientists who have exhibited their work at GV Art demonstrate that human experience does not fit snugly into categories. They challenge disciplinary distinctions by making connections, establishing relationships and discovering interesting conflicts, controversies and ruptures. The themes of consciousness, trauma, illness and death are not the domain of any one discipline, but of our need to understand the human condition. This exhibition celebrates the work of the artists and scientists who contributed to the gallery programme and to chart new destinations for the future.
The exhibition is an encyclopedic collection, featuring new work and revisiting previously exhibited work which spans the breadth of the gallery programme. The scheduled weekly events aspire to reunite contemporary contributors and introduce future collaborators. For two months GV Art will serve as a laboratory, inviting re-assessments and updates, igniting discussions and devising projects for the future.
Towards the Common Room inaugurates a research project on the Gaberbocchus Press Common Room, where a series of weekly discussions on art and science was organised by Stefan and Franciszka Themerson between August 1957 and July 1959. It was the first venture of its kind in London. The legacy of the Common Room includes the exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity at the ICA in 1968. An exhibition within an exhibition, Towards The Common Room, will feature the work of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson and of the artists and scientists who participated in the Common Room events,and will include paintings, drawings, photograms, films, books, journals and ephemera, all relating to those two special years.
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