'I will talk with anyone who will talk with me

18 Jul 2011 – 2 Sep 2011

Event times

11am - 5:30pm

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Pedestrian Gallery

Leicester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Five minutes walk from leicester Train Station

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As part of the summer project; ‘I will talk with anyone who will talk with me', will host an exhibition, performances and a series of conversations in the new Pedestrian Arts Gallery at LCB Depot. The project looks at the nature of conversations, the creativity that can come from the gaps, stutters or breakdowns in speaking and the spontaneous production of new ideas that can occur when people meet for conversation and collaboration. For ‘I will talk with anyone who will talk with me' Graham Hudson is creating a new installation work and a space for conversation and events. Hudson creates installations that act as spaces for activity. For a gallery in Austin, Texas, Hudson created a space that was used as a rehearsal space by local bands and in Milton Keynes Gallery Hudson created a space to host young peoples workshops. Other works in the exhibition include David Blandy's ‘Duels and Dualities, Battle of the Soul', an arcade game based on Street Fighter II where all the characters have been replaced by Blandy's own. Two early film works by Blandy are also being shown, ‘What is Soul' and ‘Emotional Content'. Rebecca Birch has re-cut a film originally shot in 2007 of a meeting with Canadian artist Robert Sinclair in a cafe on the top of Sulphur Mountain, Alberta. Over a cup of orange pekoe tea they discussed making drawings of the mountain, and the benefits of concertina-folding notebooks. In 2010 Rebecca Birch described her conversation with Robert Sinclair at a talk at Five Years Gallery, London. The video exhibited in the show is a conflation of both of these occurrences and the third version of the conversation with Robert Sinclair. Imogen Stidworthy's film 'Barrabackslarrabang' was shot in two Liverpool pubs (The Vines and The Lion Tavern) - locations strongly associated with informal chat and the birth of the railway, respectively - with speakers of a local underground slang, Backslang. The film draws upon the history of adaptation in language and pronunciation with berth of the railways, consumer capitalism and Standard Pronunciation on one hand and the secretive Backslang designed to protect risky speech from being overheard on the other. Exhibition Launch Event: An evening of activities to celebrate the project on Friday 5 August from 4.00pm -7.30pm. A chance to visit the exhibition, listen to live music, and take a ‘Pub Quiz' with performance artist Yara El-Sherbini. We are teaming up with ABC (The Alternative Bar Crawl) to provide an evening of art and entertainment across the cultural quarter and beyond. Linking up with the launch of Leicester Fringe Festival at Phoenix Square (from 7:30pm) and a new exhibition, ‘Thirty Five Milliseconds', launching at The Great Central Gallery & Studios from 10.30pm. Visit the ABC Facebook event page for more information: http://on.fb.me/ABCtgc Conversations: Throughout the exhibition the exhibition curators team will be available for conversation over a cup of tea and some biscuits (subject to availability). To book a time for a conversation visit: http://doodle.com/iwilltalkwithanyone Artist Talks: There are a series of free artist talks during the project, taking place at LCB Depot. All these events are free and bookable on Event Brite: David Blandy will be talking about his work ‘Duels and Dualities: Battle of the soul' and his characters featuring in it on Thursday 11 August from 6.00pm. Rebecca Birch will be having a ‘conversation with drawings', talking about her work over recent years with the aid of drawn descriptions as she talks with the audience on Thursday 18 August from 6.00pm. Graham Hudson is talking about recent commissions and working in collaboration with other activities on Thursday 25 August from 6.00pm. Follow The Project: Follow the project and its conversations on the exhibition blog: http://iwilltalkwithanyone.wordpress.com And follow the project on Twitter: @iwilltalkwith


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