Amen Brother

28 May 2011 – 30 Jul 2011

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


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Amen Brother


An exhibition curated by Tim Dixon, featuring work by David Blandy, David Raymond Conroy, Steven Dickie, Sara Mackillop, Rachel Reupke, Tom Smith and Jack Strange. Opening night 6.30-10pm Friday 27 May 2011 - All Welcome Featuring performances by Steven Dickie with Stuart Bannister: The Mean and a Bit More and More than the Average Number of Ears; a collective performance using the audience and their mobile phones. Exhibition continues 12-5pm, Thursday - Saturday, 28 May - 30 July 2011 Interrogating themes of appropriation, mediation and sampling within contemporary art practice, the exhibition takes its title from a piece of music recorded by soul band, The Winstons in 1969. The 5-second, 4-bar drum breakdown in the middle of the track has become arguably the most sampled piece of music of all time. Drawing a parallel to these processes and extrapolating from the ideas set in motion by these practices, this exhibition seeks to identify and examine a variety of sample-based artistic strategies; strategies consisting of re-presenting familiar forms, arranging myriad objects and images into new configurations, inserting existing material into original new narratives and remaking elements from found sources, enabling the artists to focus our attention onto on the cultural ephemera that they find around them. Accompanying this exhibition will be a specially commissioned text addressing Jacques Derrida's ideas on communication, repetition and iteration by Peter Dennis, a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Reading.


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