Exhibition

Ocular Inc

12 Apr 2019 – 28 Apr 2019

Event times

13 - 28th April 2019

Open Thursday - Sunday 12- 5pm and by appointment

Friday 12th April 6 - 9pm: Launch Night & Performances

Saturday 27th April 4pm: Talk with GIRLFORUM & exhibiting artists on the working in the art world

Thames-Side Studios

London
England, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • 161 / 177 / 180 / 472 Bus stops are located; east-bound and west-bound: Woolwich, Warspite Road (6 mins walk)
  • North Greenwich (Take the Route Bus 472 towards Thamesmead Town Centre)
  • Woolwich Dockyard (8 mins walk) and Charlton (12 mins walk)

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Group exhibition of international artists, Ocular Inc transforms the Thames-Side Studios Gallery into an anonymous workplace. Exploring past, current and imagined modes of labour and production, multi-media artworks direct the visitor-employee around the site.

About

Johann Arens, Claire Baily, Bhagwati Prasad + Hemant Sreekumar, Felix Bahret, Victoria Craven, Naomi Fitzsimmons, Rhona Foster, Lilah Fowler, Rae Hicks, Saudamini Kalra, Jon Kipps, Alice May Williams, Milly Thompson, Suzanne Treister, Jack West, Rafal Zajko

Curated by Neena Percy and Lizzy Drury

Position yourself with feet comfortably apart, head and shoulders relaxed. Adjust to this viewing position. Keep the knees slightly bent so as not to strain the knee joints. Observe the artwork for a healthy amount of time.

Ocular Inc transforms the Thames-Side Studios Gallery into an anonymous workplace. Dissecting past, current and imagined modes of labour and production, artworks direct the visitor-employee around the site. From sculpture to sound, the artists’ manual or mechanical processes simulate manufacturing and working environments.

Installed within the grounds of a working factory in the industrial area of Woolwich, and against the backdrop of continuous Brexit uncertainty, the exhibition takes place at a poignant economic and political moment. Presenting UK and international artists, Ocular Inc examines the cycles of work, escapism and reward, whilst de-mystifying the artist’s job title.

A talk will be held with GIRLFORUM (a platform that exposes power imbalances within the artworld and promotes models of care) and exhibiting artists. The panel will address the competitive and precarious nature of the art world, with its links to the capital value of artworks and the artist-as-genius; the realities of how artists’ support themselves and their practices financially; and how we can establish more transparent and supportive networks.

Curators

Elizabeth Drury

Neena Percy

Exhibiting artists

Rafal Zajko

Rae Hicks

Naomi Fitzsimmons

Lilah Fowler

Claire Baily

Alice May Williams

Jack West

Alison Jones and Milly Thompson

Saudamini Kalra

Bhagwati Prasad + Hemant Sreekumar

Rhona Foster

Johann Arens

Felix Bahret

Suzanne Treister

Jonathan kipps

Victoria Craven

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Thames-Side Studios

Thames-Side Studios

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