Artists: Thomas Aitchison, Antonia Banados, Tessa Berring, Kirsty Boutle, Kate Bowe O’Brien, Emma Bowen, Carolyn Burchell, The Confraternity of Neoflagellants, Anna Danielewicz, Tim Dodds, Soosan Danesh, Mark Doyle, Micha Eden, Joe Etchell, James Findlay, Brittonie Fletcher, Greg Fullerton, Andrew Gannon, Richa Goel, Keith Guy, Lydia Honeybone, Rebecca Horne, Irvine and Noble, Daisy Lafarge, Suzanne van der Lingen, Kate Livingstone, Stephen Kavanagh, Morgan Kinne, Mirja Koponen, Elizaveta Maltseva, Michele Marcroux, Alessandro di Massimo, Lara MacLeod + Peter Amoore, Angela McClanahan, Scott McCracken, Lesley McDermot, Magaret McGovern, Eilidh McPherson, Dylan Meade, Phoebe Mitchell, Kyle Noble, Anna Oberfeld, Robby Ogilvie, Ortonandon, Santiago Paulos Wood, Matthew Poland, Emma Potterill, Jordan Pilling, David Reid, Sat With Fruit, Cate Smith, Nectarious Stamatopoulos, Tara Stewart, Willem Venter, Devin Wallace, Gosia Walton, Susana Wessling
The rubbled architecture of the semantic apocalypse is a jambient meshwork of infectious crypto-fictions, arche-hymns, cargo-cult objectiles and the untethered futurities of permanent collapse. A tentacular-empire-machine.
Swarming visions, speculations and transmissions are hereby retro-clothed in vaporware, to be neurocast for further maladaptation by the following memechanics of the salvaged future:
AAS, The Confraternity of Neoflagellants, Plastique Fantastique, Head Gallery, Jillian Mayer, WE, English Heretic, Michelle Hannah, Benedict Drew, POLLYFIBRE, The Cult of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Xempeer and Kornelia Remø Klokk.
Dane Sutherland has worked in partnership with Punctum Records to publish and distribute this project.
Exploit.zzxjoanw.Gen | Launch Event
Friday 30 May 2014 | 7-10pm
Exploit.zzxjoanw.Gen is a project by Satellites Programme Intern and curator, Dane Sutherland. He has worked with a number of leading artists to create new music, sound artworks and texts which will be available to purchase as a limited edition USB stick designed by Plastique Fantastique for £30. It will also be available from 31 May as a free digital download from the Collective and Punctum Records websites.
Performances on the night by: Plastique Fantastique, The Cult of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ and Kornelia Remø Klokk. Doors open at 7pm, performances from 8pm.
City Observatory |
38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh
EH7 5AA @1984_collective
The phenomena of détournement retains an everyday presence, from underground advertisements of perfume models, their teeth crudely blackened with a sharpie, to the organised propaganda of both protest movements and governmental PR. From anonymous scrawls offering puerile affronts, to the considered contesting of the omnipresent economy of visual culture and the effects it has upon us.
Borne of the Letterist International (and later fully established in the Situationist’s manifesto of 1958), détournement refers to the distortion, misuse, misappropriation, hijacking or subversion of an image or object’s intended purpose. Whether this takes the form of irreverent nonsense or a considered opposition, a destruction or subversion of the image or object is key. Having much in common with satirical parody, détournement uses a direct sarcastic mimicry of the original imagery to turn a mythologised expression against itself.
Using these techniques as a starting point, Detours: After Détournement brings together a group of peers that, intentionally or otherwise, all utilise the détournement ethos or modes of operation within their practice. Without intending to generalise the interests or agenda’s of the participants, Detours features twenty two artists expressing a variety of methods for altering found visual material.
All of the contributions to Detours will be shown on temporary display structures, free standing in the space, that are themselves an attempt to ‘detourne ’ the standard contemporary exhibition space and disrupt the physical flow of the show.
‘Bang the Whole Gang’, is my chapter on glam for Tate Liverpool’s current exhibition catalogue:
Glam! The Performance of Style
8 February – 12 May 2013
£8.00/£6.00 (Gift Aid with donation)
Irreverent and visually excessive, the Glam era is to be critically re-evaluated for the first time in an ambitious new exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Glam, an extravagant pop style which exploded across Britainduring the years 1971 – 5, embraced high and low culture whilst playing with identity and gender definitions. Moving beyond nostalgia, Glam! The Performance of Style will be the first ever exhibition to trace the avant-garde genealogy of Glam, examining its relationship to painting, sculpture, film, performance and installation art in Britain, across Europe and in North America.
Glam emerged in 1971 as the avant-garde pop product par excellence, with the work and ideas of major artists such as Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol contributing to this. Drawing on avant-garde ideas, key Glam performers such as David Bowie and Roxy Music played with androgyny and conjured an ultra artificial aesthetic which synthesised past styles. This postmodernist style was presented through the optic of the near future with space-age connotations. In a period of enormous social and political unrest, Glam remained detached, seductive yet tantalisingly unattainable.
The exhibition will uncover a repressed aesthetic, revealing the hitherto under-acknowledged exchange between the radical art of the era and Glam expression. Emphasis will fall on performance, in particular ideas of dandyism, exaggerated identity and drag. Included will be works such as Gilbert & George’s iconic video Portrait of the Artists as Young Men 1972, which presents an ultra stylised pose of Gilbert & George as self-conscious decadents. Artists’ use of materials such as vinyl and glitter will be considered, mirroring or allegorising the conventions of Glam, as demonstrated by Marc-Camille Chaimowicz’s Glam-infused theatrical scatter environment Celebration? Realife 1972/2000. The exhibition will also explore how the era provided a backdrop for artists such as Margaret Harrison to assert their identity, often exaggerating and satirising cultural values of beauty and glamour.
Combining historical and thematic elements, Glam! The Performance of Style will bring together important artworks created in a range of media, alongside key documents and photographs, to emphasise the continuing influence of Glam on the contemporary imagination. It will address the under-acknowledged role of Glam in aesthetic and cultural discourse, offering a more comprehensive and nuanced representation of 1970s art.
Glam! The Performance of Style is curated by Darren Pih, Exhibitions and Displays Curator, Tate Liverpool and will tour to the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (June to September 2013) and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (October 2013 to January 2014).