Art in the 21st Century – INVESTIGATION

23 Mar 2015

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08:00 – 22:00

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Something Human is delighted to present a series of free screenings from Art in the Twenty-First Century’s 2014 programme of films that examine the work and experiences of internationally known visual artists.


This programme offers the screening of each film alongside a free corresponding participatory activity, aimed at engaging a range of local audiences including from age 13+ arts enthusiasts to the general public, with the issues raised by the films intertwining international and local perspectives on the relations between art and community.

Monday 23rd March - SCREENING: INVESTIGATION (57 min)

How do artists push beyond what they already know and readily see? Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? In this episode, artists use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process. 

Featuring: Thomas Hirschhorn, Graciela Iturbide and Leonardo Drew

Thomas Hirschhorn shapes public discourse that relates to political discontent, and offers alternative models for thinking and being. Believing that every person has an innate understanding of art, Hirschhorn resists exclusionary and elitist aesthetic criteria—for example, quality—in favour of dynamic principles of energy and coexistence. Presenting intellectual history and philosophical theory much as he does everyday objects and images, he poses questions about aesthetic value, moral responsibility, political agency, consumerism, and media spectacle.

For Graciela Iturbide the camera is a pretext for knowing the world. Her interest, she says, lies in what her eyes see and what her heart feels—what moves her and touches her. Although she has produced studies of landscapes and culture in India, Italy, and the United States, her principal concern has been the exploration and investigation of Mexico, her own cultural environment. Her images of Mexico's indigenous people—the Zapotec, Mixtec, and Seri—are poignant studies of lives within the bounds of traditional ways of life, now confronted by the contemporary world.

Although often mistaken for accumulations of found objects, Leonardo Drew’s sculptures are instead made of "brand new stuff"—materials such as wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. Whether jutting from a wall or traversing rooms as freestanding installations, his pieces challenge the architecture of the space in which they’re shown. Memories of his childhood surroundings—from the public housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill—resurface in the intricate grids and configurations of many of his pieces.

ROUND TABLE CONVERSATION: with Anthony Gross (Director, The Old Police Station), Senay Gaul (Administrative Director, the Albany), Lucy Sames (Curator, Enclave).

Participants are invited to respond to the questions raised by the film and the role art plays within the Deptford Community. ‘How do artists push beyond what they already know and readily see? Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Does art have agency in shaping communities?'

FREE ADMISSION but please do reserve your place by calling 020 8692 4446 or signing up via the website 

For more information visit http://something-human.org/2015/02/22/art-in-the-21st-century-art21-screenings-activities/ or email somethinghuman.info@gmail.com

ART21 next screening sessions:
FICTION - Saturday 28th March: 12.30pm | Workshop by Jacob Sam-La Rose

In partnership with Deptford Lounge and ART21 | With the additional support for workshops from The Co-operative Funeralcare

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