PLANTWORKS: A Factory As It Might Be
5 April – 21 May 2017
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow
Stairwell and Story Lounge
A site-specific intervention of cardboard plant-machines and 2d counterparts.
PLANTWORKS stems from a re-imagining of A Factory As It Might Be – William Morris’s vision for how beautiful factories would act as centres of education and creativity – and is influenced by Victorian science fiction, botanical models and bio-inspired technology.
PLANTWORKS will be accompanied by a publication with commissioned essay by Esther Leslie, and a series of events at William Morris Gallery, including a symposium on Saturday 13 May 2017.
Artist Talk/Exhibition Tour
Sunday 16 April, 2pm (Please note this date has changed from 23rd)
FREE. All welcome, no booking required.
Saturday 13 May 2017, 10am – 2pm
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow
Free admission. Please book in advance for this event. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
The event is open to all, although it is restricted to a maximum of 40 people.
Presentations and discussion exploring Morris’s relationship with industry through the lenses of nature and landscape, technology and utopia; plants, production and time; and biomimetics.
Presentations and speakers include:
Infernal Machines? William Morris, Technology and Utopia
Dr Will Abberley, Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of Sussex
This talk will explore Morris’s complex attitude to machines.
Plants, Production and Time
Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University College London
This contribution considers the plant as a generator of form and forms that link in peculiar ways to time and industry.
An Introduction to Biomimetics
Professor Andrew Parker, Biomimetics Expert
An introduction to biomimetics, illustrated with fascinating case studies, notably including designs of photonic devices found in nature.
Landscapes of Industry
Dr Matt Thompson, Head Collections Curator for English Heritage
This presentation looks at the ways in which industry began to be portrayed by artists in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.
Plantworks: A Factory As It Might Be
Clare Mitten, Artist
Clare will cover the development of her project Plantworks and will explore some of the key ideas and themes in the making of the new three-dimensional models and their two-dimensional counterparts installed at the William Morris Gallery
Paul Rosenbloom, (Chair), Artist
Paul has exhibited work based on fossils in several Natural History Museums, including London, Cambridge, Oslo and Cardiff.
Plantworks Drinks Reception and Book Launch
Saturday 13 May 2017, 3 – 5pm
The symposium will be followed by refreshments and launch of the project publication, with commissioned essay by Esther Leslie, on Saturday 13 May, 15:00 – 17:00 in the Acanthus Room.
Plantworks is generously funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts with additional support from Bow Arts Trust and William Morris Gallery.
Please visit my blog for further information and updates on the development of the project: www.claremitten.blogspot.co.uk
DA VINCI ENGINEERED
From Renaissance Mechanics to Contemporary Art
Artists: Claire Barber | Sabine Bieli | Savinder Bual | Cath Cambell | Clare Charnley | Nicola Dale | Nicola Ellis | Heinrich & Palmer | Simone Kaern | Ruth Levene | Clare Mitten | Helen Schell
Curated by Lara Goodband
Saturday 2 July – Sunday 21 August 2016
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Last admissions 4pm
Whitefriargate / Princes Dock Street
Twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s flight and wind machines loaned by Da Vinci Museum, Florence, demonstrate the remarkable prescience of this great artist and his engineering genius. Alongside these Renaissance machines, specially commissioned and selected works by contemporary artists respond to ideas of flight or explore the use of engineering in their conceptualisation, design or production.
Professor Stephanie Haywood, Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Hull launched the Amy Johnson Festival by saying: ‘Engineering is about creating practical solutions to the everyday problems such as housing and water supply alongside tackling the challenges of sustainable energy, mitigating climate change and an ageing population. It is underpinned by science and maths but also needs art and design. It can be about vision and creativity and also about the everyday skills needed to turn ideas into products.’
This exhibition examines how engineering, through practical applications and concepts, is inspiring and being used by artists today. Contemporary art explores the world we live in through a range of media and techniques for making art. Artists are combining traditional skills and new technology to create inspiring and thought-provoking new work. In recent years, art practice has embraced dialogues with people working across a range of disciplines, provoking new ideas. ’Da Vinci Engineered’ demonstrates how such conversations lead to the creation of exciting new work including print series, metal sculpture, video or installation.
The artists in this exhibition have been given the opportunity to re-think their practice in relation to engineering, flight and Leonardo Da Vinci. At a time when young people are often asked to choose between ‘the arts’ or ‘the sciences’ at secondary school, ‘Da Vinci Engineered’ shows us that we should, instead, embrace many different approaches to learning. Engineers and artists are both creative: Leonardo Da Vinci never had to choose whether to be an engineer, a sculptor, painter or architect as designs for his flying machines demonstrate.
A free guide accompanies the exhibition which includes information about each of the artists and the work on display.
Lara Goodband, Curator
In association with Green Port Hull and University of Hull School of Engineering, supported by BAE Systems and Spencer Group.
Curated by Timothy Holt, Cat Madden, Amy Turnbull
LANDSCAPE WITH MACHINES
28 September – 18 December 2015
Tony Cragg, John Davies, Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Richard Long,
Marchand & Meffre, Clare Mitten, David Nash, Martin Parr, Stuart Whipps, Alison Wilding
This eclectic exhibition brings together artworks by leading contemporary artists and selected pieces from the Museum’s nationally designated collection of Industrial Art. It celebrates artists’ reactions to the social, technological and aesthetic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution.
The exhibition has been curated by Anne de Charmant, Meadow Arts and Matt Thompson, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.
For further information, please visit Landscape with Machines
Telford TF8 7DQ
Open 7 days a week
10am – 5pm
Tel 01952 433424
SHIFTING WORLDS SYMPOSIUM
RE-IMAGINING THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
9 – 10 October 2015
Enginuity, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7DQ
A two day event bringing together academics, artists, poets and musicians to explore the impact of the Industrial Revolution and its significance today.
Day One will include talks, workshops and performances at the historic Coalbrookdale site, including keynote speaker Jeremy Deller.
DAVID FLETCHER: THE CARP OF THE TENCH
With contributions from Clare Mitten, Louis Benassi and Paul Westcombe
24 October – 28 November 2015
Dorothea Schlueter Gallery, Hamburg
Delta: Oona Grimes, Mark Jackson, James Lowne, Clare Mitten, Mia Taylor.
Worlds collide, meet, touch, overlap and become absorbed. Worlds become world; expanded, inconsistent and multi faceted. Some don’t stop, don’t crash, they keep moving, a sign in space, until they are singular and alone. No matter, we are only concerned with what remains. We built this world top down and outside-in, we chose the planets and engineered the collision; a shared universe intended to be used by many authors.
Things are still shifting, unconsolidated, swirling in the flow; positions and values change as properties are reorganized into new relativities. Life forms emerge, languages form and something like culture becomes apparent. ‘Happyville’, perhaps. It needs detail; it needs cloudbusting; it needs sustainability. We rule from the top down, the alien amoeba revolt, we continue to rearrange.
There is no foundation, just lumps of rock etched with the imprints of geological murmurs; a moving mass of tectonic plates awash in the ether. It is a matter of communication; the alluvial urges manipulate the bodies that levitate above. The hand comes first, its touch electric. It stretches out revealing the lifelines on its palm; an index finger reaches down and draws a line in the sediment. It leads to the eye, or is it a heart? Let me check the folder. Help us to understand our world! We crave order, a calendar, and a system. Where is the hardware, where is the brain?
The cog turns, a circuit is complete and a connection is made. Time slows and smooth’s, no lag, no freeze just flow. A long tendril of living matter unfurls exposing its luscious surface, trying to give meaning to the amorphous jelly.
For further information, please visit Five Years website.
In the popular imagination, the image of the seaside town has an enduring relationship with sex. It plays host to secret liaisons, illicit trysts and dirty weekends, frequently conducted against a scenic, yet simultaneously shabby and dilapidated backdrop. The ‘sex shop’ is also a staple of the seaside town, often selling genuine sex aids flanked by an assortment of humorous trinkets and throwaway paraphernalia. Before the advent of the Internet, it was also the place where many children got their first glimpse into the hidden world of blue movies, adult toys and playthings.
As part of the 2014 Folkestone Fringe, we are opening a temporary Sex Shop. We have invited 40 people – primarily artists and designers, but also creative people from other professional fields – to design and develop a prototype version of their own sex or fetish object.
The prototypes that have been created embody a wide range of different approaches to the curatorial framework. Some artists have chosen to reference the vast cornucopia of contemporary and historic sexual implements and erotic merchandise, while others have taken a more abstract or personal approach, drawing inspiration from deep within the id of their own arts practice. Meanwhile, participants from other professional backgrounds have drawn upon their own professional discipline, combined with their unique psychology and experience, to structure and inform their response.
Featuring works in various media – from 2D visualisations and 3D maquettes, to sound and video based responses – the Sex Shop will be situated in one of the vacant commercial properties in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. It playfully references rather than mimics an actual sex shop, and utilises the tropes of a design showroom in contrast to the more dilapidated aspect of the high street shop interior.
All the pieces on display in Sex Shop will be for sale, and presented within a context of critical engagement. After its debut run as part of the Folkestone Fringe, the Sex Shop will tour to Transition Gallery, London, in January 2015 (16/01/15 – 15/02/15) to coincide with a special sex themed edition of Garageland magazine.
The Sex Shop project is conceived and curated by three London based artists: Sarah Gillham, Jack Stokoe & Darren Nairn.
Launch Party Drinks Saturday 30th August 2014, 4:00pm – 6:30pm Programme of Talks Sunday 31st August 2014 from 2.00pm (speakers TBC) Exhibition runs Saturday 30th August – Saturday 4th October (Sat & Sun 11 – 5 only) (Friday by appointment)
5 Rendezvous Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1EY
For further information please contact Darren@darrennairn.co.uk
Salvatore Arancio | Susan Beattie & Yvonne Stone | Bronwen Buckeridge | Robert Cary Williams |Tamsin Clark & Peter Saville | Blue Curry | Jorge de la Garza | Jess Eaton | Tessa Farmer | Keith Farquhar | Jon Fawcett | Nick Fox | Tom Gallant | Sarah Gillham | Patrick Goddard | Paul Hazelton | Richard Healy | Joey Holder | Liane Lang | Debbie Lawson | LEAK | Mindy Lee | Cathy Lomax | Dave Maclean (Django Django) | Clare Mitten | Catharine Morland | Laura Morrison | Évelie Mouila | Darren Nairn | Mike Nelson | Benjamin Orlow | Cathie Pilkington | David Rayson | Frances Richardson | Freddie Robins | Chris Rogers (Exotic-Erotic) | Sh! (represented by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould) | Alli Sharma | Corinna Spencer | Amy Stephens | Jack Stokoe | Marloes ten Bhomer | Mimei Thompson | Suzanne Treister | Tom Walker | John Walter | Phil Wilson-Perkin
Please visit Transition Gallery website for further information and images.
The Nunnery Gallery presents Behold, a multi-discipline arts event at the Club at the Ivy showcasing innovative and challenging work beyond the confines of a traditional arts setting.
On May 12th 2014 Behold features showcase performances and installation art from a radically diverse group of individuals for a unique experimental exhibition specially curated for the Club at the Ivy, transforming the historic venue with unexpected adventures in sight and sound.
In accordance with the heritage of the Ivy as a premiere destination for practitioners of all forms of art and entertainment Behold spans the spectrum of creative exploration. Established names join forces with emerging talent to present their work in a way that is intimate, immediate and unprecedented in this kind of space.
Behold features video and installation work by Gordon Cheung, Tessa Garland, Jon Monaghan, Ulu Braun, James Howard, Joey Holder, Clare Mitten and Alana Lake. Avant-garde theatre pioneers the Theo Adams Company will present live music and spontaneous moments of glamour and visual excitement throughout the space for the duration of the evening. Sound artists completely re-imagine the sonic environment with Archos Neu transforming the terrace and Bjørn Hatleskog’s otherworldly live sound/light sculpture invading the luxurious setting. Live performance art by Julia Haynes and an exclusive multimedia assualt by Ze Æs (the new project fronted by Martin Tomlinson, formerly of cult group Selfish c**t) ensure this evening will be like nothing else in your diary.
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