Exuberant Flesh: Bernice Donszelmann in-conversation with Ilona Sagar

28 May 2016

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2-4 pm

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Pump House Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • 137,19,44,49,239,249,319
  • Sloane Square
  • Battersea Park / Queenstown Road

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Device culture has now made the human body evermore remote and co-dependent on technology


‘Device culture has now made the human body evermore remote and co-dependent on technology. Pioneering advances in user-driven technologies threaten to shift our social interactions from one of collective interests to networks of individual desires. In recent times, new terms such as the 'quantified self' highlight the increasing neurosis associated with our individual wellness.  Such wearable devices are data-rich, always on and are profitable forms of self-surveillance. Perversely, the obsession with personal monitoring and wellness comes at a time when our relationship to public welfare and benefits is unhinging. Whilst we become slowly more focused on our individual, internal narratives and mental wellbeing, our relationship to the public domain becomes increasingly distant.’

(Ilona Sagar, 2016)

In-conversation with Ilona Sagar, artist and writer Bernice Donszelmann looks at issues of the individual and social body as confronted by Ilona Sagar in her work for this exhibition, drawing upon references to the exuberant 'flesh' of Walt Whitman’s poetry and conversely, the fascist ‘armoured’ body as analysed by theorist Hal Foster in respect of Surrealist practices. The conversation will also draw upon references to the scales of language associated to care and emotional labour. 


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This event sits within a weekend of performances that will take place at the gallery on 24th, 28th, 29th May 11am-5pm. Please visit our website for more information.


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Ilona Sagar is an artist based in London. Her work is featured in The Grounds We Tread exhibition at Pump House Gallery between Tuesday 24 and Tuesday 31 May. Recent solo exhibitions include; Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye, Tenderpixel, London (2015), Mute Rehearsal, Vitrine Gallery (2015) and P: MHB, Assembly Passage, London (2014). Sagar has exhibited internationally in group exhibitions with Acadia Missa, Budapest (2015), Firstsite Gallery, Essex (2015) and Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2014).


Bernice Donszelmann is an artist and writer based in London.  Recent exhibitions include Descriptor, Five Years, London (2015) One and one and one, CGP, London and K3 Projects, Zurich (2012), Plurale I, British School at Rome (2004). Recent writings include: ‘Touch Screen’ in Journal of Contemporary Painting, (2014) and Painting: Critical and Primary Sources (2015); ‘Semper’s Wall: Figuring Ground’ in Painting with Architecture in Mind (2012) and ‘Facing Cinecitta’ in Block (2011).  She is a member of the collaborative curatorial group ‘Outside Architecture’.

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