AboutVERB are delighted to invite you to join us for our Penumbra book launch to enjoy a night of art and music on Friday 15 August 2014, 6-9pm at A.P.T. Gallery (6 Creekside, SE8 4SA London).
Following on from our art exhibition Penumbra, which was held in A.P.T. Gallery in Deptford, London in May 2014, this book is an exploration of the themes raised in the show, which stemmed from notions of transitory stages and states of uncertainty, as well as the contemporary issue of the difficultly in obtaining professional and financial stability. The Penumbra publication is a collection of creative and academic texts developing the discussion started in our exhibition further as well as acting as a catalogue of the show.
The publication includes texts by: Rachael Smith, Bedwyr Williams, Greta Eacott, Anna Hussey, Lydia Julien, Collette Rayner with Daisy Lafarge, HE. Wiseman, Nella Janiika Aarne, Elizabeth Hudson and Olga Stebleva.
The performances of the night:
Greta Eacott and G-Bop Orchestra
G-Bop Orchestra is an experimental group playing percussion based marimba music that embraces space and the rough texture of wabi. With the spirit of G-Bop at the helm, this flexible ensemble play original compositions inspired by far out tribal rhythms of Colombian cumbia and traditional Japanese Kabuki music, and present it in an improvisational and theatrical format, creating unique one off shows. With recent performances by the musicians of G-Bop Orchestra at Cafe Oto, Glastonbury and Shuffle Festival (curated by Danny Boyle) the orchestra is setting sail - destination unknown!
Lydia Julien, Wounded Whistle
Lydia Julien is a visual artist whose work is situated on the boundary between performance and photography. Julien's practice often derives from a performative set of circumstances played out for the camera, resulting in a series of images which serve not as documentation, but as final pieces. There is an aim to create a certain lack of indexicality; a difficulty in categorising, which in turn might free the body from stereotypical notions of race and gender.
The publication and the launch event are funded by Arts Council England.
VERB is a collective of artists and curators united by the aim of delivering innovative art events. Formed in 2013, the collective's inaugural exhibition, Penumbra, took place in May 2014. VERB is non location-specific; members hail from across the UK and from Finland and Russia. The team members have diverse experience, with backgrounds ranging from art history, fine art and curating to radio. VERB aims to create unique cultural experiences that are intellectually rigorous and fully accessible, whilst tackling complex themes in close collaboration with artists to generate fresh debates.