Lungs Project is a curatorial collective founded in 2016 by two artists and two curators. All MA graduates of the University of Sunderland, the team consists of Angela Wingate-Burdon, Marta Rubinato, Rebecca Burdon, and Sheyda Porter. Based in the North East of England, Lungs Project aims to establish a trans-disciplinary platform to promote the work of underexposed artists and to bring together various creative practices throughout the region. The project focuses on facilitating artistic development and network growth by merging visual arts, design, crafts, and literature to create a dialogue between various disciplines. Lungs Project’s team uses the North East as the heart of the project to reach out to new audiences and to build an ever-expanding support network. With most of its founding members having multinational backgrounds, Lungs Project intends to extend this network internationally with Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland serving as the centre for collaboration and exchange. The artists are Emma Bennett, Molly Bythell, Mark Chapman, Callum Costello, Lauren Drummond, Joe Jefford, Steven Lowery, Liam McCabe, Amy Roberts, Matt Wilkinson, and Zara Worth.
This year, the publication is particularly concerned with the production of knowledge and adopts a curatorial model informed by French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s Rhizome theory. The issue seeks to explore the dialogical relationship between the pages of the magazine as well as artworks in the physical world. Hence, the current issue and accompanying exhibition are both composed of multiple paths of investigation on how we create meaning. The Latin origin of the word dialogue: dialogus (dia: through, logos: word/reason), suggests a natural flow of meaning permeates through everything, ready to be extracted.
The ‘Dialogus’ exhibition preview features poetry readings by Newcastle based poets Caroline Hardaker, David Spittle and Matt Miller. An after party will take place 8-11pm at B&D Studios (third floor, Commercial Union House) with music from fakeindiedisco’s John Egdell and Lungs 2016 alumnus, artist and musician, DJ Grassi. Copies of the Lungs magazine are available for purchase from the gallery during the exhibition and at www.lungsproject.org/buy/
Lungs magazine issue 2 is supported by Sunderland City Council