Alternative 23

4 Feb 2015 – 27 Feb 2015

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Open weekdays Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm

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Gallery North

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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  • Haymarket Metro

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An exhibition of work by Steve Aylett, David Blandy & Daniel Locke, Let Me Feel Your Finger First, Laura Oldfield Ford, Plastique Fantastique, Henrik Schrat and Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, curated by Mark Jackson, Tom O'Sullivan and Joanne Tatham.


In 1985 DC Comics in the US had taken the commercial decision to unify the complex and contradictory character story arcs from its various strips such as Superman, Batman and Green Lantern. The resultant crossover series, Crisis on Infinite Earths, saw the heroes attempting to align all of the surviving Earths into one single reality that would then make DC Comics continuity more straightforward so as not to confuse potential new readers.

In 1987 Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell's Zenith, a politically-engaged superhero comic strip originally published in British weekly 2000 AD, brought together a group of superheroes from across multiple realities to battle a mysterious Lovecraftian threat. This threat is intent on aligning all the universes, or 'Alternatives', into one, simple universe. Rather than reduce the complex and the inconsistent into the singular, the heroes of Zenith attempt to defend and maintain multiplicities. They meet on a world in Alternative 23.

The exhibition is an evolution of Alternative 23 at IMT Gallery, London, curated by Mark Jackson and supported by the Arts Council England and the Goethe Institut.


Tom O'Sullivan

Joanne Tatham

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Exhibiting artists

Joanne Tatham

Steve Aylett

David Blandy

Let Me Feel Your Finger First

Laura Oldfield Ford

Tom O'Sullivan

Henrik Schrat

Plastique Fantastique

Daniel Locke

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