CHARLIE WOOLLEY / PETER DAVIS / REANIMATION LIBRARY / !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK / LUKE DOWD3. Sep - 16. Oct 10 / ended SPACE
GALLERY /// NEU! CHARLIE WOOLLEY: Mysterious Cults
An exhibition of photo and poster collage, textiles and installation work accompanied by the artist’s ongoing Radio Show project and a cycle of broadcasted events. This will be Charlie Woolley’s second solo exhibition following I Built My House on Sand (2008) at David Risley Gallery, London, and his first in a UK public institution. Woolley is represented by David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen.
Mysterious Cults is the fourth NEU! exhibition at SPACE. Previous exhibitions include: AMAXAMA by Ben Sansbury (May 2010), colourless green ideas sleep furiously by Adam Thomas (March 2010), What I Believe (a Polemical Collection) by Ruth Beale (November 2009) and PROH-SOH’ PA-PEER by Richard John Jones (September 2009). NEU! is an ongoing cycle of solo exhibitions at SPACE by emerging artists.
ANNEXE /// STAGES & SCREENS: Peter Davis, Villon Films & Friends
STAGES & SCREENS is a multi-screen film and archive presentation by Peter Davis exploring culture and counter-culture in the UK and America through the 60s.
For over five decades British-born filmmaker and producer Peter Davis has been at the fore¬front of directing, producing and distributing works of socio-political documentary film. In two separate film cycles - each accompanied by documentation, archive materials, commissioned texts and slideshow rotations - Davis draws from his own film collection, Villon Films, highlight¬ing period works made by himself and others in order to present a personal journey through the 60s.
In total, sixteen films make up the programme. Offerings by Davis himself such as Anatomy of Violence (1967), which details the Congress of The Dialectics of Liberation, an international gathering featuring Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Marcuse and R.D. Laing, will be presented along¬side works by other directors such as The Russell Tribunal (dir. Staffan Lamm, 2004), a powerful short concerning Bertrand Russell’s 1967 war crimes tribunal featuring Tariq Ali, Jean Paul Sar¬tre and Simone de Beavoir and America Against Itself (dir. William C. Jersey, 1968), a documen¬tary about the events surrounding the infamous 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago).
Cycle I 3rd September - 25th September
Cycle II 27th September – 16th October
LIBRARY /// REANIMATION LIBRARY: Hackney Branch
The Reanimation Library is an independent library based in Brooklyn, New York. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of mainstream circulation. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles across the country and given new life as resource material for artists, writers, and other cultural archaeologists.
Reanimation Library: Hackney Branch will consist of a small selection of books from the main library and a set of locally acquired books that will be made available for the general public to work with in the gallery space for the duration of the show.
The branch library at SPACE will also feature an exhibition of artists’ responses to a treasured volume in the library’s collection: Inkblot Perception and Personality: Holtzman Inkblot Technique (University of Texas Press, 1961). Responses to the book will be made by David Horvitz, Nina Beier, Raphael Hefti, Hans Diernberger, Ruth Beale, Richard John Jones and Damien Roach.
COURTYARD & MARE STREET BILLBOARD /// !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK: Too big to Fail, Too Small to Succeed
An intervention into the financial systems of London and Zurich. Private detectives, advertising and media technologies playfully probe the blind spots of the financial districts and question the shift in power from state to corporation. This is Swiss artist collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s first UK solo exhibition and is presented concurrently with an exhibition at Les Complices in Zurich. It follows their three-month PERMACULTURES residency at SPACE investigating the parasitic potential of media-based sys¬tems against the backdrop of the financial crises. !Mediengruppe Bitnik describe their work as an ‘explorative practice’ to determine how systems can be subverted, interfered with and transformed.
Too Big To Fail / Too Small To Succeed is kindly supported by Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain.
PERMACULTURES Artists residencies: Media, technology & ecologies
FOYER /// LUKE DOWD
Luke Dowd works with screen-printed and spray-painted surfaces to create works that question our perception of value and quality. For the Foyer Space he will present a cluster of brand-new works on canvas including original abstract paintings, expressive koi screen-prints, and copies of modern masters.
Luke Dowd was born in New York City and completed an MFA at Chelsea College of Art & Design. He has recently exhibited at Hotel, London and The Breeder, Athens. Dowd lives and works in London.
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