Ian Giles: On the Way to Language

1 Dec 2016

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England, United Kingdom


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  • Birmingham New St Station, Birmingham Moor St Station

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Recent Activity present 'On the Way to Language' a video by artist Ian Giles. The artist has selected to exhibited his video within the iconic Asley Building, which houses the Department of Modern Languages because of the formal parallels with his work.

In watching, we join a group engaged in a conversation where each person speaks a different language; French, English, Mandarin, Italian and Portugese. Images of Brutalist and Modernist architecture float over the screen reframing faces and gestures - this act hints at both the sculptural structure of language, its function and abstraction. 

Ian Giles' film and video works have been screened at galleries including; Chisenhale Gallery, Tate Britain, The Whitechapel Gallery, ICA, CCA Glasgow, Jessica Silerman Gallery, Outpost, Carroll/Fletcher and Harvard University.

Ashley Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, B15 2TT

Friday 2nd December
Lunchtime Discussion: On the way to a Whole

Join artist Ian Giles and a panel of invited guests for a lunchtime discussion exploring how human relations can create an energy that is as palpable as traditional sculptural materials. We will consider how universties, gallery spaces, publications and evening classes offer the setting of a community for individuals and ask: In what ways are these sites platforms that gather and then disperse. 
Panel Includes Joanne Masding, Phil jones and Reece Kennedy.

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Andrew Lacon

Andrew Gillespie

Exhibiting artists

Ian Giles


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