Tuesday, 20 October 2009

SPACE EXHIBITIONS ||| NOV/DEC



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SPACE EXHIBITIONS ||| NOV/DEC
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Preview: Thursday 5th Nov 6pm - 9pm (with afterparty)
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Exhibitions run from the 6th Nov - 19th Dec 2010
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LINE UP:

GALLERY: NEU! RUTH BEALE
ANNEXE: WIGAN CASINO
LIBRARY: NEW STOCK
FOYER: DAFNA TALMOR

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GALLERY /// RUTH BEALE: WHAT I BELIEVE (a Polemical Collection)

The second NEU! emerging artist profile exhibition, WHAT I BELIEVE (a Polemical Collection) is based around Beale's Pamphlet Library: an ongoing collection of political/ideological pamphlets. Each one a polemical address, the pamphlets included in the library exemplify the pressing issues and opinions of their time in a format now nostalgically attractive in its antiquarianism.

Complementing the Library – which will be fully accessible throughout the show – Beale has developed a number of new three-dimensional and print works in relation to a set of Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets published by the Hogarth Press in 1939 to “provide thinking people with the means to consider fundamental problems in art, literature, taste and morals”*. Additionally, a weekly book club and the commissioning of five new texts by contemporary writers will revive arguments made in these pamphlets by E.M. Forster, Stephen Spender, John Betjeman, Virginia Woolf and Graham Bell.

Ruth Beale lives and works in London. Her practice takes the form of action-research into social and historical discourses through collections, plays, salons and performances. She is currently undertaking an MFA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths.

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ANNEXE /// WIGAN CASINO (Dir: Tony Palmer, 1977)

Wigan Casino (1977) is British filmmaker Tony Palmer’s paean to the Northern Soul club scene of late 70s Britain.

Wigan Casino was a nightclub in Wigan, Lancashire. Home to all night, alcohol free dance parties, it was the primary venue to hear black American soul music during its time. Much sampled (notably in Mark Leckey’s Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999)), Wigan Casino documents an idiosyncratic scene based around the weekly club night that ran from 1973 to 1981. From elegant slow motion dance shots to fervent scenes of vinyl swapping, Palmer precisely captures the bustle and energy, as well as the overarching sub cultural strangeness, of the Northern Soul phenomenon.

Tony Palmer is one of Britain’s premier music documentary makers. His work includes over 100 films, ranging from early works with The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa (200 Motels), to his classical portraits which include profiles of Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, John Osborne, Igor Stravinsky, and Richard Wagner.

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LIBRARY /// NEW STOCK
SPACE's independent publication and periodical library continues with new stock arrivals.

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FOYER /// DAFNA TALMOR
Dafna Talmor continues the new rotation of work presented in the gallery reception area with a piece of her photographic work.

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Saturday, 10 October 2009

Fillip at [space]



In the first event to take place in the new Library at [space], Antonia Hirsch, artist and Associate Editor of Fillip magazine, presented Fillip’s publishing programme within the context of Vancouver’s critical communities.