Ghost on the Wire Bermondsey Launch – not long now!

ImageIt’s not long to go now! – another ten days. It feels very exciting, and very good. We have finalised the installation plans at Bermondsey Project. It’s been great to meet the artists in the space and to fine-tune with them how best to present their work; Suzanne and I have learned a lot about the intricate logistics of how to create the right circumstances for a dance performance to be woven into into an Opening Night, and how to work happily with silkworms. This is the best part, and makes all the graft worthwhile – talking with other artists, planning a show that the public will find exciting and thought-provoking all at the same time.

The work has begun to arrive; films are being transferred, art has been shipped, equipment ordered, and as I write at least one of the Singaporean  artists, Tania De Rozario is in the skies, flying West. She is hosting Broken Telephone on Saturday June 15, as well as co-installing a piece for the show with UK-based artist Lynn Lu.

ImageWe’ve also taken delivery of the exhibition catalogues, which include, in a great layout by Elizabeth Gan, images and texts by all the 22 artists in the show as well as an introduction, and a wonderful essay by Singapore-Melbourne writer and philosopher Alexandra Serrenti.

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So – we hope you can join us on the 12th, or on any of the show days after that, and we know that we will be presenting an intriguing and unique experience, one that brings together many different art forms and sensibilities from across 7,000 miles.

Suzanne de Emmony and Gavin Maughfling, Co-curators, Ghost on the Wire

 

 

 

 

 

Bodies That Matter at ArtLacuna

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Installation for Bodies That Matter
Suzanne De Emmony
‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’ (2014)
” Looking in & back as Kraken-like the abject emerges, tenderly caressing the rhythms of an unknowing display… Limbs intertwine as past and near future play and tease, until at last the gaze dictates and climacteric slow dance self-censors and muffles the song … ”
Private View – Thursday 22nd May 6-9pm
23rd – 25rd May 12-5pm
Fast and Furious and Crit – Saturday 24th May 3-5pm
Alex March | Jane Harris | Chris Cawkwell | Amelia Critchlow | Mindy Lee | Sasha Bowles |James Petrucci | Trish Scott | Rebecca James | Bethe Bronson | Holly Stevenson |Suzanne de Emmony | Catherine Linton | Clare Walker | Katheryn Owens | Chris Green

Sarah Choo nominated for Sovereign Art Prize 2014

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We are very pleased to announce that Ghost on the Wire artist Sarah Choo has been nominated for the Sovereign Art Prize 2014. Works can be seen at

http://www.sovereignartfoundation.com/art-prizes/asia/gallery/?year=2013

 

Between Us will be exhibited at The Rotunda, Exchange Square in Hong Kong from 28th April to 8th May 2014 with the Auction taking place on 9th May 2014. The  work, which was nominated by curator Isabel Ching, is part of a larger series comprising of 7 pieces. Between Us explores the topic of isolation forced upon us by our jobs. Seven professionals – a doctor, a lawyer, a mechanic, a clerk, a hawker, a teacher and a shopkeeper – are pictured busy in their work environments. In a slow fade, the environment disappears and they are left in a forbidding, grey, concrete space.

The full series can be seen at

 http://www.sarahchoojing.com/category01.html

A sample of how the video can be found at

https://vimeo.com/79109479

 

 

 

Helen Benigson: Late Night Supermarket Shopping Live, London May -June 2014

Ghost on the Wire artist Helen Benigson is showing at TENDERPIXEL …..

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LATE NIGHT SUPERMARKET SHOPPING LIVE

TENDERPIXEL

9 May to 7 June

For the exhibition Late Night Supermarket Shopping Live, Helen Benigson will create an awkward and pulsating space, filled with performance, video and printed image. This solo presentation will exploit and blow up the facades of digital culture and the language of online gaming and animation through the space of the supermarket as disclosed through every-day performance.

Helen Benigson (b.1985, lives and works in London) is an artist and rapper. Benigson creates immersive video and sound environments, which become layered sets for scripted and choreographed performances using a cast of female performers and volunteers. Often her videos and performances use her own body and persona as the protagonist, or actors and dancers who become stand-in “Helens”, as well as sets and props, creating frenzied, schizophrenic performances, referencing pop culture, contemporary game playing and animation. These are played out in messy, often awkward, digital carnivals, which repetitively enact the blurred boundaries between performer, producer and spectator, intrinsic to on-line video sharing.
Helen Carmel Benigson has had recent exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, Performa.13, New York, Site Gallery, Sheffield and Kunst Museum, Bonn. In August 2014, Helen Carmel Benigson will have a solo presentation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
TENDERPIXEL

10 Cecil Court

London WC2N 4HE

tenderpixel.com

 

Art Lacuna Presents … ‘Bodies That Matter’, Thursday May 22, Art Lacuna, London

Artists and Co-curator of Ghost on the Wire Suzanne De Emmony is one of the participating artists in the forthcoming ‘Bodies That Matter’ at Art Lacuna, London.

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 Private View – Thursday 22nd May 6-9pm

23rd – 25th May, 12-5pm

Fast & Furious presentations and Crit – Saturday 24th May 3-5pm
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In September 2013, ArtLacuna brought together a group of artists at Space Station Sixty Five under the heading Bodies That Matter.
During the install and crit the artists were asked the degree to which they take on pre-prescribed roles and identities within their practices. The curators were not prescriptive about content… etc, but what was interesting was that throughout the day, common threads, themes etc kept emerging. What appeared to be a disparate group of artists with different agendas and (practices), turned out to have a lot in common both aesthetically and politically.

And so a conversation began.

And carried on.

And on.

Bodies That Matter Part 2 is the culmination (maybe) of that conversation. The three main themes to emerge concerned; language, consumption and performativity, and we now ask the artists to respond to these statements:
Language: Our presentation of self is sited in language and this language determines how our thoughts and experiences are shaped.
Consumption: Does the body consume its surroundings to a point where we are devouring and excreting our own identities, (albeit identities that are performed).
Performativity: The authenticity of the self is performative, that is to say, it’s truth exists only to the degree that it is performed. Identity is formed through action in, and reaction to, the world around it.

Join the conversation and come and see what happened.
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Alex March | Jane Harris | Chris Cawkwell | Amelia Critchlow | Sasha Bowles | Mindy Lee | Trish Scott | Suzanne de Emmony | Rebecca James | Holly Stevenson | James Petrucci | Bethe Bronson | Catherine Linton
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48 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LR

 

 

VITAL EXCESS – ANNE ROBINSON AND MICHAEL EVANS AT THE BANK GALLERY AT CASS

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VITAL EXCESS

ANNE ROBINSON AND MICHAEL EVANS

BANK GALLERY AT CASS

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

(SIR JOHN CASS SCHOOL OF ART)

59 – 63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

Private View: 3rd April

 

VITAL EXCESS features new works by Michael Evans and Ghost on the Wire Artist Anne Robinson, both engaged with questions of consciousness, affect and temporality and working between painting and the moving image. Their works collide here on shifting boundaries of digital/analogue, figural/abstract and practice/theory….away from the monotonous tick of capital, our sensory perceptions of time, are vertiginous and uncanny … now and then, inside and out … we feel time differently.

Anne Robinson’s multi-disciplinary practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time, working experimentally with duration, frame, exposure, paint surface and performance. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and curating work includes Time, Flesh and Nerve and One More Time.

Michael Evans’ work explores perceptions of time, space and the shifting sense of self, encountered when contemporary abstract painting enters into dialogue with digital imaging. He has shown in the UK and internationally and publications include: Out of Nothing: Painting and Spirituality.

Evans and Robinson both completed Practice-led PhDs at CASS.

The exhibition is curated by the artist Judith Tucker. It is open from 4th-13th April, 12noon -6.00pm except Sunday in the Bank Gallery at Cass and there will be an artists’ talk on Friday 4th, at 1.00pm with curator Judith Tucker.