Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
I went and had another look in the old science museum yesterday evening in preperation for Into The Void by Sam Smith. Other than a mild concern that it may not be dark enough at 6pm when it all kicks off the space is amazing.
It was the first time David and Naomi had actually been inside and I think it is safe to say we're all very excited about the possibilities it offers. Hope to see you all there next Sunday to see some great video works and have a nosey at the space.
Monday, 21 September 2009
A solo exhibition by Australian artist Sam Smith
Sunday 4th October 2009 6-9pm
The Old Science Museum
This exhibition is a culmination of great second cities. Smith, from Australia’s second city, has chosen Birmingham, England’s, to exhibit his new work, Into The Void (2009), a work that combines montage, multiple exposure and digital compositing to build a tangent narrative. Smith searches New York, America’s second city, for works of international Klein blue and a location that mirrors the site for Yves Klein’s Le Saut dans le Vide (The Leap into the Void, 1960). The artist’s journey culminates in a time- based recreation of Klein’s famous jump.
Be the first to view Smith’s work in this exclusive 3 hour premier event which is not to be missed.
Image courtesy the artist and GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney.
Into The Void was commissioned by Next Wave for its inaugural Time Lapse program.
In September 2009, to coincide with Arts Fest in Birmingham, a second exhibition will take place. The title and the theme of the show is Re-Place. The artists from Birmingham and Bordeaux will interpret the idea of place in its widest sense using a range of media: photography, video, sculpture, mixed media and painting. The aim of this exhibition is to build on the cultural and artists’ links developed in the initial exhibition held in Bordeaux and to create a 'bridge' between artists working in these cities and link with other international artist communities. "
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
In Association with VIVID, you are invited to participate in:
This is an invitation to dialogue.
You are invited to participate in a conversation. John will be participating in conversation between 10.00am and 4.00 pm on the 13th of September, 2009. Look for John at ArtsFest, Birmingham.
100 possible understandings of this.
This was started with three artists and VIVID and may continue with you.
You are invited to respond to one of the ‘100 possible understandings of this'. Make, write a critique or comment and send your response along with your name to VIVID. Your response will be exhibited and recognised as a collaboration with ‘100 possible understandings of this' on VIVID's website. This is happening at VIVID from the 18thof August until the 18thof September 2009.
100 possible understandings of this.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Join VIVID on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September for Reciprocity, a programme of works exploring systems of categorization and knowledge exchange.
Following a series of informal discussions with artists and curators in VIVID's space, Jenine has invited Supercream - a London based curatorial collective - to present a playlist of videos from the Youtube.com archive.
The eclectic screening programme will raise questions as to the generation, visualisation and classification of ideas, exposing the borrowings, interests and influences shaping the production of their work.
Joining Supercream in this journey of appropriation in which outside narratives will evolve into a personal product, is a selection of artists, curators, designers and researchers.
The video works are accompanied by a commission by Karien Van Assendelft. The new work was made in response to John Hammersley's 100 Possible Understandings of this and will be presented in the form of a personal archive compiled from overheard conversations
TROVE & a.a.s presents:
FAMILY FUN DAY
Sunday 13th September 2009 1-4pm
The Rea Gardens
Have you ever felt that there's something missing in your life?
The Universal Family of Cosmic Xenogenesis invite you to Family Fun Day, where you can enjoy an exciting array of stalls and activities to learn more about their revolutionary way of life. You'll be able to clean out your mind and fish for new thoughts; decorate cakes, T-shirts, balloons and your face with positive symbols; get in touch with your power animal in the Robot Petting Zoo; and of course sample the copious free Kool-Aid.
There will also be games like Psychology Mr. Wolf and The Fear Train where you can open up your consciousness, compete for special access to the behind-the-scenes activities of the group, and join them for a shining future in The Other Place.
This event is presented in association with a.a.s. art group and reflects their ongoing interest in transformation and influence. Because the language and techniques of persuasion are all around us it can be difficult to notice them, but if you keep both eyes open and your wits about you, you'll be able to choose whether you want to go along with The Family's ideas or find your own path to freedom.
Open to all ages, but some elements are PG rated.
Monday, 7 September 2009
West Midlands artists and curators are invited to drop in and join Jenine McGaughran for an informal discussion about their work and practice on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August, 12-4 PM.
In an attempt to gain greater understanding of artistic production in the region, Jenine would like to make studio visits and invite existing practitioners to attend informal discussion groups, moving beyond the accepted hierarchies of gallery based programmes towards a model that is more inclusive and reaches a wider audience.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
HANDLE WITH CARE
A solo exhibition by Will Clifford
Sunday 2nd August 2009 4-8pm
It was the French philosopher Jacques Derrida who coined the phrase deconstruction as referring to an approach (whether in philosophy, literature, or other fields) which rigorously pursues the meaning of a text to the point of undoing the oppositions on which it is apparently founded, and to the point of showing that those foundations are irreducibly complex, unstable or impossible.
It is here, caught as it were, between construction and deconstruction that Conveyor’s debut exhibition, Handle With Care, finds its home.
Over the course of four hours London- based artist Will Clifford will construct and de-construct a house of cards within a furniture lorry. The lorry, a reference to the history of the space as an old furniture making factory, also supports the ethos of Conveyor as a vessel through which art can be transported and reinvented. Adopting an almost per formative scope, the house of cards will be continuously constructed and deconstructed only to be constructed again. As time progresses and people enter and leave the lorry, they are invited to remove a piece from the house where Co-Founder and curator Charlie Levine, writer Naomi Gall and artist David Miller will brand the piece with a playing card and a ‘handle with care’ sticker.
It is the audience’s decision whether to become involved, disrupt the house of cards, or whether to leave and let the house remain constructed, complete. Whether to pursue to the point of undoing the oppositions on which it is founded or leave, content in simply being a voyeur. As time passes and more pieces are taken away, the house will become smaller and more difficult to reconstruct. Similar to a real house of cards there is a fragility to the work that is not immediately evident, as Clifford deconstructs and reconstructs on foundations that are irreducibly complex, unstable and quite possibly, impossible.
So as you leave today with your original, one of a kind, Will Clifford artwork remember the process you went through to get it and as the cards fall don’t forget to handle with care.
I had perhaps some of the nicest feedback I have had so far as a curator when Helen Grundy emailed me the next day to say:
‘Just want to thank you for yesterday, it was so much fun playing inside a lorry. I have been looking at the pics and everybody looks so filled with childlike glee.Well done”
This time next week I will be breathing deeply as it will be two days until Family Fun Day presented by TROVE and aas. I will not only be curating said event but I shall also be blowing up balloons dressed in parrot covered smock dress with freckles...intrigued? Come to Rea Garden in Digbeth, Birmingham on Sunday 13th September between 12 and 4pm and eat cake, drink Kool Aid and perhaps even join The Family - they will take you to a better mental place...
Until then I shall try and keep this place updated with all my goings ons and those in and around the West Midlands.
Tonight is the MA Fine Art show at Margaret Street School of Art - should be worth a look!