Exhibition

The Naming of Things

1 Sep 2021 – 3 Oct 2021

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
12:00 – 17:30
Thursday
12:00 – 17:30
Friday
12:00 – 17:30
Saturday
12:00 – 17:30
Sunday
12:00 – 17:30

Free admission

Castlefield Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • No.2 Metroshuttle Bus
  • Metrolink Tram: Deansgate/Castlefield
  • Deansgate Train Station

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Curated by Bryony Dawson, The Naming of Things explores the unfixed and mutable potential of language. Unhooked from the task to convey truth or objectivity, this slippery unreliability can instead be viewed as a generous invitation for fluid, speculative and plural perspectives.

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ARTISTS:  Sriwhana Spong / Charlie Godet Thomas / Jeanne Constantin  / Sarah Tripp / Jessica Higgins / Lydia Davies / Bryony Dawson

If to name something is to attempt some ownership over it – some fixity or hold – to pinpoint some integral meaning or to assert a structure for experience – then it is destined to slip and miss, since the associated meaning of words is never identical between any two people. 

The media of painting, sculpture, moving image and sound have a materiality, a tactile or spatial presence that language can only simulate. However, in this exhibition, it is precisely this immateriality that gives language the freedom to expand and mutate in virtual space – to construct imaginary architectures, give voices to intangible phenomena, and to inhabit multiple viewpoints at once. The selected artists use writing as a central tool within film, sculpture and sound works to explore topics including quantum physics, psychological space, and everyday encounters. 

The exhibition welcomes the tensions between fixed identity and subjectivity as a way to interrogate the structures that name our experience. It invites inquiry into methods of knowledge production that are not reliant on fixed categories or objective structures. Instead, ‘knowledge’ might be conceived as a complex, woven and mutable network incorporating both acceptance of and resistance to these categories and structures that name us: a continuously shifting process of rethinking, rearranging, re-naming. 

The Naming of Things was selected from proposals submitted by Castlefield Gallery Associates by guest selector, artist Ryan Gander OBE and Castlefield Gallery’s Curator & Deputy Director, Matthew Pendergast.

Curators

Bryony Dawson

Exhibiting artists

Lydia Davies

Sriwhana Spong

Charlie Godet Thomas

Jeanne Constantin

Bryony Dawson

Sarah Tripp

Jessica Higgins

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