Black Mirror: Magic in Art

23 Nov 2017 – 1 Feb 2018

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08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 16:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00

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TheGallery AUB

England, United Kingdom


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  • Any Uni bus. More Bus no 17 and 15. Yellow bus U6, U8, U9, U10.
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Black Mirror: Magic in Art explores the influences and roles of magic, enchantment and the occult in contemporary art and how they function as aesthetic, conceptual and political forces.


Through a multi-disciplined curatorial approach of 2D, 3D, film, video and performance art, Black Mirror will showcase the work of fourteen internationally recognised artists.

Modernism was built in the late nineteenth century, we live within its legacy; the same period created the foundations of modern magic as it is practised and understood today. The magical and occult have been much marginalised within the scholarship of twentieth century art, seen in opposition to enlightenment and progressive values. This exhibition challenges this premise, taking fourteen artists whom draw on the magical to propose that enchantment and occult are intertwined with contemporary issues.

Covering a period over the last thirty years a magical aesthetic is intrinsic to an engagement with environmentalism; feminism; gender; post-digital; neo-liberalism and nationalism. Black Mirror is an exhibition where the magical, occult and enchanted are activated as progressive forces that question and direct the flux in this uncertain age.


Jesse Bransford, Clinical Associate Professor; Department Chair, NYU Steinhardt
Siân Bowen, Professor of Drawing, AUB
Lindsey Bull, Artist
Tom Butler, Artist
Willem de Bruijn, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, AUB
Tessa Farmer, Artist
Heywood and Condie, Artists
Jason Martin, Artist
Judith Noble, Associate Dean Media, Plymouth College of Art
Paula Rego, Artist
Dominic Shepherd, Associate Professor Fine Art, AUB
Mark Titchner, Artist
Suzanne Treister, Artist
Marie von Heyl, Artist


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