Existing in an un-real world is an exhibition organised by and featuring the current and previous residents of 61 Glenwood Road. The house has provided affordable accommodation and as such created a network of artists who have lived there since it was first rented out.
Exchange and dialogue are often seen to take place within the studio or gallery context, but as London rents remain prohibitive, studios are pushed further out, and artists do not necessarily have regular opportunities to exhibit in galleries, the domestic space has become more of a focus for creative activity as we find solutions in order to continue making and showing work.
In a time of shifting realities and narratives – personally, politically, economically, digitally – we can find ourselves exploring other, more personal stories and local, communal worlds, as a reaction to the unsettlement of a climate which can feel out of our control.
Existing in an un-real world reflects on ideas around ‘world-making’ and creating versions of ‘the real’ from the un-real. Through the exhibition the artists will extend the narratives of the house, with storytelling as a methodology to engage in these other dimensions.
A shared house is a wealth of stories – aligning, passing and orbiting around each other, whilst the house as protagonist knows another. Crossovers will become present through the installation as spaces are occupied by current and previous inhabitants, the exhibition hinging on shifting interdependences.
Very much in the context of Donna Haraway’s ‘Make kin, not babies’ the community at the house relates to the structure of a family, but in contrast to typical family order, where everyone has their fixed position, in this living system roles are constantly shifting; so that the system can develop new patterns together, taking on a loose yet effective organisational structure that allows growth. A network is formed as people come and go, the constant within this shifting structure being the house itself.