Friday, 20 January 2012

The Mobility Project

Last night The Mobility Project opened at The Metre Room.  Curated by Elly Clarke // Clarke Gallery here are some pictures from the show and the official blurb.

The Mobility Project
Curated by Elly Clarke/Clarke Gallery

Exhibition: 19th January – 19th February 2012
Open: Friday – Sunday, 1-5pm

With work by Simon Clark, Elly Clarke, Enda O’Donoghue, Kerstin Honeit, Rebecca Pittman, plan b/Sophia New & Dan Belasco Rogers, Fedora Romita and Kym Ward

“Keep connected, you are never alone, never alone with a mobile phone in your pocket.”[1]

Over the last decade, particularly since the mass take-up of the mobile phone, the ever-increasing mobility - of people, goods, information and images - has radically altered the way we perceive, interpret, navigate and even describe the world. Notions of presence and absence, solitude and togetherness and even of geography are changing, as our personally tailored collections of contacts, communities, photos and politics are with us 24/7. The way we travel around the places we live in, and how we interact with others whilst we’re there has a great impact on the way we understand not only where we are but also who we are. Communication and movement are, and always have been, closely linked, dictating the scope of our influence. But today, in a world where one tweeted photo can be seen across five continents within seconds, that influence can reach areas and cultures of which we have no concept.

Here, seven projects present seven different projections of mobility. From Simon Clark’s epic cycle journey around the UK delivering postcards he picked up from the Galapagos Islands direct into people’s hands to plan b’s live redrawing of their GPS traces gathered over their past year in Berlin direct onto the gallery wall; from Enda O’Donoghue paintings created from low-res mobile phone photos found on the internet to Kerstin Honeit’s multi-city performance-experiments where she instructs women to stand on the same area of pavement for fifteen minutes - and finally from Fedora Romita’s audio recordings of the U-Bahn network of Berlin as a means of getting to know the city she just moved to, to Rebecca Pittman’s two screen video installation of her journey along a featureless road in the states listening to driving music and finally also my own five minute video showing an unexpected moment of stillness on the German Autobahn - these are personal portraits of navigation. But, between them, they touch on wider issues that affect us all as we negotiate our way around the world - including gender, power, surveillance and the relationship between physical and virtual materiality.

All work in this exhibition is for sale. There is also a specially commissioned set of prints, the sales of which will help fund this exhibition’s onward journey. Please enquire for a price list.

On 21st January at 2pm a panel discussion will take place in the gallery, featuring most of the artists in the show plus some invited guest speakers.

The postcard were by Simon Clark, and they are just part of a larger project, and I loved them! Postcards picked up from the Galapagos Island and hand delivered to the addressees in the UK.

Some of Enda O'Donoghue's paintings.

A couple of lovely on site wall drawings by Plan B/Sophie New & Dan Belasco Rogers

A couple of the editions for sale

And finally the sound pieces by Fedora Romita

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