Exhibition

The Showroom Mural Commission - Simnikiwe Buhlungu: Notes to Self (Intimate 1)

2 Oct 2019 – 4 Oct 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
12:00 – 18:00
Thursday
12:00 – 18:00
Friday
12:00 – 18:00
Saturday
12:00 – 18:00
Sunday
Closed

The Showroom

London, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • Numerous buses from central London stop on the Edgware Road within a few minutes walk of the space, including the 6, 16, 98, 332 and 414.
  • The Showroom is a short walk from Edgware Road underground station, which is served by the Hammersmith and City, Circle and Bakerloo lines.
  • Edgware Road Tube for Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines

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The Showroom Mural Commission is a unique year-long project for artists to activate the building's emblematic facade.

About

 For this second intervention, artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu references strolling as a form of knowledge production and uses text, textile and interactive sound installations to communicate ideas of gathering through a call and response with local communities.

Departing from an intimate methodology of walking, for Notes To Self (Intimate 1)Buhlungu questions: how do we create structural spaces and communicate ideas of gathering within architectural, urban and public restrictions? How can one make visible personal reflections and poetics in the context of enduring collective ownership? This public commission seeks to pose these questions through a site-specific installation where passers-by can record their own notes to self that will be listened to, manifested, and archived as a living ecosystem of local responses. We invite you to come inside to discover and listen to these archival recordings, some of which will be transcribed into textiles featured outside in an evolving banner series, activating an acute and engaged response to the immediate environment and neighbourhood.

Buhlungu’s mural extends from an ongoing mixtape project, Notes To Self: A Mixtapenyana, whereby she explores the idea of self, s(p)lace and strolling as a form of knowledge production. Initially developed during her participation in a residency hosted by Future Assembly between Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge and London in May 2019, the project follows recollections interrogating the idea of selfhood in relation to a constellation of encounters with distinct environments, people, narratives, happenings, and ecologies. These earlier and new site-specific mixtapes are structured around a thematic tracklisting of ‘self-historicising, self-determination, self-referencing and self-actualisation’. The Showroom Mural Commission will thus not only be a time-based personal reflection, but also a fluctuating surface for self-expression to radiate and resonate outwards.

Curators

Katherine Finerty

Elvira Dyangani Ose

Exhibiting artists

Simnikiwe Buhlungu

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