Exhibiting artists are Gabriella Hirst, Kimberley Beach, Manu Prasad and Julia Aurora Guzmán.
Curated by Marta Melià and Sofia Villena-Araya.
It was a fifty minute bus ride on the 21, and we stopped on Mintern Street. We walked among brick, a lot of brick, on somewhat calm streets, until we found the vivid blue, turquoise, door with the big knob in the middle.
Yet, some of us came by overground. They found themselves at Shoreditch High Street, turned around by their phones. The expensive working clothes and the fancy smelling street food caught their attention for a second, they continued walking.
Standing outside the house, we seemed to be at the limit between the remnants of the social housing project and the voracious redevelopment of the city.
We walked inside, and found an uninhabited apartment with a few traces of past lives. A feeling of estrangement came with the peculiar combination of elements left in here.
A low couch. A pile of empty beer cans. A flat screen. Empty walls. Dried towels in the bathroom. One lonely plant next to a big window that faces the brick construction. Just across, the other big window faces the high rises. Full trash cans. An agglomeration of desks and closets in the main bedroom and another one of food processors in the kitchen.
We didn’t know what this past life was, but we started to wonder.
Perhaps, there was a party before the tenants left. The plant seemed dry, maybe people had been absent in the house for longer than we thought. For how much longer could that plant live without water? The empty walls gave no clue of the emotional attachment to the place, we tried to look for holes in them. They must have had too many towels. We thought how moving in general implies leaving things behind, maybe in this case, the towels and a random selection of electro-domestics and furniture.
For the period of five days, we are attempting to ask: How can we inhabit this temporarily uninhabited domestic space differently? What kind of histories, memories, and affective processes traverse our bodies at the time of inhabiting this (new for us) space? How fragile but at the same time stubborn are the walls that appear to draw an inside and an outside? And, where do the limits between the domestic objects and the artworks stand? What movements or flows can reverse these walls and limits?
From Wednesday 28th of November to Sunday the 2nd of December, we are gathering together and inhabiting this space. In this exhibition and events program, we - Gabriella Hirst, Kimberley Beach, Manu Prasad, Julia Aurora Guzmán, Clive Vella, Debbie Kent, Emily Pope, Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Rachel Wilson, Alex Culshaw, Marta Melià and Sofia Villena-Araya - seek to negotiate our different urban and domestic experiences with the specifics of a place that fosters us.
Saturday 1st Dec, 12 pm. Soundwalk.
‘Sound as a methodology beyond listening’ by Clive Vella.
Sunday 2nd Dec, 12:30 pm. Soundwalk.
‘In and Out’ by Debbie Kent.
Sunday 2nd Dec, 3 pm. Film screening.
‘The Sitcom Show - Episode 4. The Keyboard Lesson’ by Emily Pope
and ‘XPAT’ by Vasiliki Antonopolou.
Curated by Rachel Wilson and Alex Culshaw.
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