4717 considers how the exhibition can be as much a site of active production as of display and seeks to question how a collection can be reanimated in a digital age.The changing exhibition space and the activities it will host will be broadcast via a video live-stream. The link to this live-stream has been acquired by LUX as their 4717th work, making it the first live moving image work in their collection. After 4717 concludes, the link will lie dormant alongside a set of instructions until it is reactivated by other parties interested in producing further iterations of the project.
The commissioned works will be produced and viewed alongside Ursula Mayer’s Gonda (2012), a rich and multilayered moving image piece from the LUX collection that delves into concepts of the individual, collectivity, narrative, and subjectivity. A film of multiple voices, it is this collaborative and interdisciplinary approach that 4717 celebrates. Gonda becomes a catalyst for artistic commissions that explore notions of dispersion, collection, and transformation across multiple forms of practice.
The exhibition, operating as studio and platform, will also host a programme of performances and discussions that will explore topics including the life and dispersion of a collection, reanimation and liveness through creative exchange and the relationship of the individual to the collective.
“4717 raises urgent and timely questions about the nature of collections and the circulation of moving image works and will create a unique creative context in which these questions can be addressed in the public sphere.”
Benjamin Cook, Director, LUX
Greatest thanks to Anana, Apart Audio, Audio-Technica and King’s College London for their generous support.