Shiiin, Jet Stream, White earphones sees Roach continuing his research into modes of perception and understanding, analytical thought, creativity and mental freedom. Beginning by looking at the object of an exhibition in its most simple terms – as space and time – Roach has set about creating an environment in which these two fundamentals can be used to their fullest potential.
Roach employs an ambitious and constantly shifting exhibition design, transforming the gallery into a liminal space between lounge and garden – sites that find counterparts in the most open and public communal spaces (airport lounges, parks) and the most enclosed and private situations (living room, home, garden). Borrowing expertise and problem-solving approaches from disciplines as seemingly diverse as architecture, improvised music, garden design, psychoanalysis, stand-up comedy, Quantum Physics and philosophy, the exhibition space becomes a dynamic site of potentially constructive frictions and a bridge between, or rather a conflation of, both inside and outside, public and private. A system of mobile, semi-transparent screens will simultaneously multiply and divide the space, which is continuously being reconfigured as required. The strongly hued screens operate as both ‘soft’ walls, and ‘distorting lenses’ or filters – altering our vision and the nature of what we may see through them.
Walls, works, performances, discussions, screenings, readings, demonstrations and workshops will come and go over the seven-week run, lending a heavy temporal element to the project which will never appear in the same form twice. In a space where change may occur at any moment, time, and more specifically the present, comes into sharp focus. Recognising that the present is all one can work with, or in, Roach makes a concerted effort to produce a constantly appearing and active present in which the numerous experiences take place.
“For this project I’ve envisaged the show as a truly active situation” explains Roach, “A process has been set in motion whereby the gallery can become a locus for the active production and exchange of thoughts and ideas. Where like a public bench, or bar, the silent invitation is for one to come, sit and take part in constructing the meaning of the situation itself – to activate it with one’s thoughts and presence.”
Artist’s biography: Damien Roach (born UK, 1980) lives and works in London. This is his first solo exhibition in London in three years. Recent solo exhibitions include: Lemuria, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2008); When the sun goes down, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2008); Transmissions, Ibid Projects, London (2007). Recent group exhibitions include: Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1), Burger Collection, Berlin (2009); The Eternal Flame, Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland (2008); All-Inclusive. Die Welt des Tourismus, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2008). Damien Roach is represented by Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf.
This exhibition is curated by Vincent Honoré, Curator, David Roberts Art Foundation in collaboration with Gaia Tedone, Assistant Curator.
Programme of talks and events curated by Damien Roach:
- A Conversation with Burkhard Meltzer.
16 January 2010
Burkhard Meltzer will be talking about his research project Prototype – furniture in art and design. Meltzer is an independent curator and critic based in Zurich who writes on a regular basis for art magazines such as Kunstbulletin and Frieze.
- A conversation with Antepress and an installation by Organ Octet.
20 January 2010
An experimental lecture on ‘ekphrasis’ with actions, performances and readings by antepress, imprint and project platform set up in 2008 by Julia Calver, Patrick Coyle, Cressida Kocienski, Claire Nichols, Tamarin Norwood and Gemma Sharpe. www.antepress.co.uk
The evening will continue with shimmering, transcendent reed organ music by Organ Octet.
- A screening by Richard Feynman and a performance by Hype Williams.
27 January 2010
A screening of excerpts from Fun to Imagine (1983), a documentary about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman followed by a ritualistic performance of live music and projections from band Hype William.
- Radio Show. A radio project by Charlie Woolley
30 January 2010
Charlie Woolley will transmit his essential, wide-reaching internet radio station ‘RADIO SHOW’, live from the gallery, banishing dead air with records, conversations and phone-ins. He is joined by special co-host, curator Paul Pieroni.
- Son et Lumiere for Earth, Fire and Water. An installation and performance by the Boyle Family
3 February 2010
Sebastian Boyle introduces an evening of live projections and films related to the seminal event Son et Lumiere for Earth, Fire and Water by Mark Boyle and Joan Hills from 1966.
- The Assassination of Time. An installation by Sue Golding.
6 February 2010
Philosopher Sue Golding / Johnny De Philo will plunge the gallery into total pitch-darkness to envelop the space with her live, spoken ‘fractal philosophy installation’ The Assassination of Time.Sue Golding is a philosopher, artist and professor of Philosophy in the Visual Arts and Communication Technologies and Director of the Postgraduate Programme “Media Arts Philosophy” at the University of Greenwich. Her research covers the intra/interdisciplinary discourses associated with the media arts, web sciences and communication technologies. Set out in terms of installation, performance, rolling-documentary, books, articles and aphoristic text, her works address the various aspects of contemporary art practice. She has also published under the pen names Johnny Golding and Johnny de Philo.
- Riddles of the Sphinx. A screening and discussion with Laura Mulvey.
17 February 2010
A screening and a discussion with Philosopher Laura Mulvey on her and Peter Wollen’s groundbreaking film ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’ (1977).
Laura Mulvey is currently professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck, University of London. She worked at the British Film Institute for many years before taking up her current position. Mulvey’s is best known for her essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” written in 1973. Her article was one of the first major essays that helped shift the orientation of film theory towards a psychoanalytic framework. Mulvey’s contribution was to inaugurate the intersection of film theory, psychoanalysis, and feminism. Mulvey was prominent as an avant-garde filmmaker in the 1970s and 1980s. With Peter Wollen, her husband, she co-wrote and co-directed ‘Riddles of the sphinx’ and other films.
- The Drive & The Unconscious. A conversation with Noga Wine.
20 February 2010
Psychoanalyst Noga Wine will present a lecture entitled The Drive and the Unconscious: two psychoanalytic concepts, which sustain the dimensions of time and space, making drawings throughout, to open up new access to her dense and illuminating quick-fire delivery.
- A Performance by Temperatures/Sculpture.
24 February 2010
An evening of music.
An intense, time-bending live music duos close the events programme part of the exhibition Damien Roach. Shiiin, Jet Stream, White earphones, with Thurston Moore’s favorite fuzzed-out bass & drums duo Temperatures and a narcotic live audio-visual feast of exotic esoterics from tape maestros, Sculpture.
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