Darren Nixon: Brief Encounters with Painted Objects

14 Feb 2018

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Chisenhale Studios

London, United Kingdom


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Video works, presented within Nixon’s installation of painted objects, document the inventiveness of participant’s responses to the work. Collaborative installation and discussion.


Interested in movement practices aligned with the non-dance of Jerome Bel and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Darren Nixon looks at how painting bumps up against people and interacts with the screen and with performance. By creating sets of painted objects whose explicit purpose is to address the camera, he looks at ways in which the mediated experience of the artwork can offer something different - but not less rich - than direct experience of the installation.

To celebrate the culmination of his Futures Residency Darren Nixon reveals excerpts of the video works that have emerged through the intensive collaborative process of these six weeks. Conceived as a space to experiment with movement, performance, and repetition, Darren created and brought with him a studio-full of painted objects. These formed part of his invitation for a direct encounter in the space. As people responded to his call (artists and dancers, yes, but also medical practitioners and TFL workers) the project transformed, becoming as much about what indivividual participants brought to the work as it was about Darren's planned framework.

“My initial plans were to develop sets of repeated movements for people to interpret, whilst I recorded and discussed what was going on with them. Early on I asked one guest to simply respond to the space and the stuff in it, whilst I edited the script I was developing. As I watched, I​ realised that what was happening  - this unexpected and intriguing departure - should become the focus of my time in the space. It  opened up the idea of collaborative painting in new and exciting ways.'”

The video works, presented on screens and projected alongside and inside the installation, will be the first, experimental presentation of this complex set of possibilities.

EVENT LOCATION: Studio 4, Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ . Please buzz the office for entry or call 020 8981 1916. Nearest tube: Mile End/ Bethnal Green.


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