The ‘Contextiles-isation’ exhibition at Kalopsia Gallery; investigate how bodies, objects, as interactive interfaces, reflect, refract, interact and convey notions of individual and collective identity.
Featuring Eleanor Marshall - Fernanda Aloi - Hélène Barrier - Hanne Frey Huso - Nina Falk - Giselle Cui - Adam Robertson - Julia Hannukainen - Stasis Performance - Andy Robertson - Cathrine Hellberg - Pack of Wolves - Sandra Collins - Hannah Turner Wallis - Lawrence Daykin - Aurora Del Rio - Alima Askew - Lori Esposito - Duane McDiarmid - Lucie Kordacova - Effy Morris - Danila Luppino - Klaus Pinter - Leyla Rodriguez - Bianca Boragi
'The fitting' by Leyla Rodriguez from Buenos Aires/Germany, is currently on display as part of the Contextiles-isation exhibition. Her interventions in the public space through temporary textile installations, objects and videos have been exhibited in numerous galleries and shown at film festivals worldwide.
'The fitting' embrace the realisation of textiles as a tool of communication and transforms the conceptual idea within the moment. It seeks to unpack and explore a multitude of different interpretations of, and interactions between; material, movement, textiles and identity. The piece is here using textiles as a form of expression and as an instrument of interaction.
The Contextiles-isation exhibition will end today. To see more of Leyla Rodriguez work, visit leylarodriguez.com
Performance and Textiles are two strands of artistic practice that rarely meet - here the art prints are designed to animate an audience to try out new dance steps.
'Untitled' is a piece by Klaus Pinter from Austria. The audience can bring the card back home or place the card anywhere in the gallery. It is about the movement, the body and the material. This is a piece which shows the conceptual and communication potential of the medium. A pieces that engage both physically and conceptually with performance.
Tomorrow is the last day we are open so come and join us for some performance - pick a card and dance.
Open between 11am-5pm
SHE SLEEPS is a 1.06 hour long film by Julia Hannukainen about a compulsory need of remembering everything and the need of documenting life as it is. SHE SLEEPS consists of 12 sleeps, filmed once a month throughout 2012. This film shows an attempt to create a performance without performing. It is a film about colour, stress and honesty. But it is also a film about a photographer filming a young woman sleeping, documenting her reality through his/her gaze, hence claiming it from the woman. SHE SLEEPS is a film where the performer is not the person in shot but all things outside. SHE SLEEPS is mainly a diary, a self portrait and a film that either is forgotten and saved under a simple title on our hard-drive, or gains a moment of fame amongst our friends on social media (and yes, lets show the SHE SLEEP here!).
The main task of the performance was for Julia Hannukainen, to perform without performing, something that she has been experimenting with in previous work - a year long peace of one minute videos of herself in front of the camera.
- “That time I tried to create the performance with the person as the center-point without a performative aspect, something that was really hard or maybe even impossible to achieve. Since I (in SHE SLEEPS) am not aware that I am being filmed (I never knew which night I was being filmed) one maybe can say that I did achieve my goal. But maybe it is not so simple as that, yes the person in shot is not acting differently because the camera is on, but maybe the person in shot is no longer the performer at all? In SHE SLEEPS everything else becomes the performance, and everything else in shot is the bedding, how still it can be, the shadows it creates, how it moves, does it move?”
Now, the performance in SHE SLEEPS is not just centered on the person in shot, but rather on the material, and how the unaware body choreographs the bedding.
Visit Kalopsia Gallery for more. Contextiles-isation ends tomorrow Sunday at 5pm.
'Beyond Speakers Corner' is a piece by Sandra Collins from the UK. She is here exploring the contrasts between delicacy and harshness, multi layering memory, the personal and the political at the same time as she is playing with the idea of winning and losing, youth and ageing, acknowledged and the ignored. This together with the themes of northern culture, itinerant workers and social change, reclaiming traditional techniques of hand embroidery a ‘women’s work’ and ‘tools of the trade’ normally associated to the male role, is a main point in Sandra Collins video. The artworks; the garments, have embroidered wrenches, screw drivers, spanners and measuring sticks on pinstripe suits, tails and floral blouses or intricate hand embroidered flowers on men’s oily overalls. The film in the concocted set-up environments, with dancers, culminate in the finished work. You can see her work at Kalopsia Gallery and the Contextiles-isation exhibition which ends this Sunday.
See more of Sandra Collins work HERE
À Table’ is a piece by Stasis Performance from Scotland. It was under the artistic direction of Aniela Piasecka that Statis created a collaborative and collective-based piece and is currently being exhibited at Kalopsia Gallery in the Contextiles-isation exhibition which will end this Sunday. The result of the work by Stasis is full of contrasts - it combinds and confunds narratives and the asethetic is cut and tailored to weave itself through the different elements.
The piece shows two female performers offset each other scarily; both mother and daughter, dominant and dominated, master and slave. In the world of À Table, the impulse to avoid pain is ignored. The two performers silently attempt to negotiate their relationship in a series of scenes of restraint and infantile regression combined with strange humour. They struggle with themselves, with each other, and with the audience’s expectations in order to find peace.
Textiles play a very important role in their work and the aesthetic and feel of our performances. Stasis costumes are designed by Paloma Proudfoot, recently selected for RSA New Contemporaries 2015 and are characterized by a plasticised, seedy and strange aesthetic.
Come down to Kalopsia Gallery this weekend before it ends.
To see more of Stasis work, visit I-I
A collection of Octavo Fika books, prints for sale and informal workshops and talks on writing and publishing as part of art practice.
The Contextiles-isation exhibition will end in 1 week.
Don’t miss it out!
Work by Eleanor Marshall - Fernanda Aloi - Hélène Barrier - Nina Falk - Giselle Cui - Adam Robertson - Julia Hannukainen - Stasis Performance - Andy Robertson - Cathrine Hellberg - Pack of Wolves - Sandra Collins - Hannah Turner Wallis - Lawrence Daykin - Aurora Del Rio - Alima Askew - Lori Esposito - Duane McDiarmid - Hanne Frey Huso - Lucie Kordacova - Effy Morris - Danila Luppino - Klaus Pinter - Leyla Rodriguez - Bianca Boragi
A chrysalis - a chrysalis made out of red wool - Inside the chrysalis reveals a shape - a body - a human body - a beating heart pulsating.
The body exudes the wool fibers through all its pores, compacting the structure. It’s a thick and furry, a vital fluid, that comes and goes, comes and goes…
-The skin protects and insulates but is also permeable; a breathing receptacle. The skin is also the fabric and the fabric is a living organism. The naked shape is building multiple layers rhizome architecture. It’s planning its germination.
The performance is inspired by the ‘Eroto-tricot’ concept; a fetishism where the mundane wool usually is associated with comfort but is here suddenly seen as an enhancer of sexual desire.
This almost 14min long performance is by the French creator BARRIER Hélène and is currently being exhibited in ‘Contextiles-isation at Kalopsia Gallery for another week.
For more, visit www.iconoklastes.com
Photos by Sam Wood from Appearhere.co.uk
Kalopsia Gallery and the Contextiles-isation exhibition.
Ends Sunday 31st August