Artists will present sculpture, prints and drawings linked to their previous exhibitions. The works will be configured in a ‘multiplex’ structure designed by hosts Gauld Architecture. This structure will be sympathetic towards how each artist inhabited the space and will provide a summative and celebratory framework for the series. The ‘multiplex’ will make literal the generative and multi-directional exhibition structure, presenting the different ideas, themes and narratives that have emerged, overlapped and intersected over time.
Passen-gers is a site-specific exhibition series based within the Brunswick Centre, a Modernist, residential and commercial development in Bloomsbury. The series brings together artists with an interest in the real and imaginative environments we construct and inhabit. The title references the 1975 film The Passenger by Antonioni that deploys the architecture as a powerful and otherworldly mise-en-scène.
Special performances have been programmed as part of the Art Licks Weekend:
Thu 28 Sep, 7pm
Mark Siebert, acoustic performance
Sat 30 Sep, 4pm
Evy Jokhova, Paper, Scissor, Stones
Initially developed during a residency with BijlmAiR in Amsterdam, the performance traces the historic tendencies of large-scale Modernist developments being designed, developed and regenerated by predominantly male-led architecture bureaus. The 3 women represent these stages: design, development and regeneration. Mimicking household chores they take to building and regeneration by rolling out lengths of clay on a concrete walkway, wrapping debris from an original 60’s buildings in the clay sheets as if cocooning it in fabric, and resting on concrete banisters. Each task is undertaken for 7 minutes, after which the women rotate, so that each performer does each task once in a cycle of 21 minutes. The performance is repeated 3 times.
Sat 30 Sep, 6pm
Julie Hill, Dark Quartet
A performance linked to Julie Hill’s exhibition ‘Deserts on the moons of other planets’ (23 Mar – 24 Apr 2017) that deployed the Modernist architecture of the Brunswick Centre as a science-fiction inspired mise-en-scène, based on the deserts of the Saturnian moon Titan. Inspired by Antonioni’s soundtrack ‘The Chant of the Rocks’ (The Red Desert) and the phenomenon of ‘singing sands’ found in various deserts, ‘Dark Quartet’ gives voice to the singing hydrocarbon sands of Titan’s dune lands. The viewer is invited into an otherworldly landscape, activated by a performance that highlights the otherworldly qualities and psychological dimension of the architecture.
Passen-gers is located in the offices of Gauld Architecture, within the concrete A frames on the 2nd floor. For directions please see www.passen-gers.co.uk/visit