artists: KIMI CONRAD, Laura Garbstiene, Joe Crowdy, Matthew Noel-Tod, Ordinary Culture (formerly YH485 Press) and a performance by Sidsel Christensen
In The Presence of Multiple PossibilitiesàÂ combines existing and newly commissioned works by several artists, which draw attention and explore different approaches to the possibility of a future event that cannot be predicted with certainty. Through philosophical and practical understandings of the term contingency, the exhibition attempts to manifest the discrepancy between predicted and actual outcomes.
The works in the exhibition attempt to make explicit the inherently contingent nature of translation, interpretation, appropriation and instruction, either through creating a structure for continued development, or by deliberately existing as incomplete.
KIMI CONRAD's new film,àÂ From Birth & Health (2012),àÂ presents an abstracted narrative whichàÂ anticipates a larger forthcoming project, whilst existing as an autonomousàÂ artwork. Laura GarbŠ ¡tienàâ's Love is... (2008) reconfigures the sentiments of love letters through online language translation engines; the text is increasingly distorted with each crude translation, exemplifying the discrepancy between human cognition and systematic logic. Utilising architectural furniture and strategies of exhibition design, Joe Crowdy's subtle interventions in the gallery will animate the vacant spaces between the other works. In his film Blind Carbon Copy (2008) Matthew Noel-Tod uses actors, dancers and visual motifs such as life drawing and disco culture to interpret a script taken from his own email correspondences. A book project commission, produced and edited by Ordinary Culture (formerly YH485 Press), will include contributions by artists, critics and writers. The book's malleable and speculative structure will reflect the thesis of the exhibition, while its discursive content will ensure the continued exploration of this theme.
To further disrupt a singular reading of âwhat may or may not happen', the exhibition will include events to allow for contingency to be discussed from different thematic entry points. More details to come
In the Presence of Multiple Possibilities is curated by MA Curating Contemporary Art students at the Royal College of Art and is generously supported by Wysing Art Centres' Escalator Programme and Arts Council England.
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