Jerwood Encounters: Assembly
9 May – 24 June 2012
Jerwood Space, London, SE1 0LN
ASSEMBLY was a Jerwood Encounters exhibition of newly commissioned work by artists who work collaboratively and are influenced by the current digital landscape with artists Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth, The Hut Project, and Charlie Woolley.
Within recent years a surge in the use of digital communication technology has impacted on artistic practice in the way work is produced, discussed and displayed. As a result there has been an increase in performance-based work, events, film, installation, broadcast and online exploration. Assembly aims to explore the influence of the constantly-shifting platform of the Internet and how work made in an increasingly digitalised world is reconciled within the context of a physical gallery space.
Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth’s videos, events and installations use technologies that augment ways of seeing to create works that reveal how these technologies relate to the performativity of people, places and objects. For Assembly, the artists showed an exploded, installation of their blog, an online record of separate journeys shown as a continuous chain of overlapping and mirrored events. For more information visit Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth’s website.
The Hut Project is an artist collective interested in how objects might perform as containers of their own process. Their discursive practice constructs long sequences of translations between action, image, and object, resulting in artworks that act like stages for, or between, events. For Assembly, The Hut Project created a new dance work for video, derived from a segment of documentation of a previous performance resulting in a large-scale production by a choreographer and dance company at a Jerwood Space rehearsal room then shown in the exhibition in the mediated form of a single-channel video installation. For more information visit The Hut Project website.
Charlie Woolley brings together images, objects and collaborators within his practice, producing works that respond to a variety of subject matter from the flickering screens of television sets and found material from the Internet to exploration into the veracity of protest aesthetics. His epic Radio Show, an ongoing collaborative broadcast platform, has been presented in several galleries and has involved many participants. For Assembly, Woolley created an installation containing drapes and furniture which formed the context of a space for activity. Over the course of the exhibition he collaborated with individuals and organisations and invited participants to take part in a series of events housed within his installation. The work became activated by interaction, conversation and the gathering of bodies in the space. For more information visit Charlie Woolley’s website.
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Image: Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth, http://kimcolemanjennyhogarth.co.uk/blog/ 2012 . Courtesy the artists