Sunday, 16 May 2010

AUTO-ITALIA |||| NO SOUL FOR SALE




I was invited by Auto-Italia South East to moderate a talk at No Soul For Sale - the 'festival' of Independents hosted by Tate Modern from May 14 to May 16 2010.


The discussion oscillated between the proposition of independents (sic) underpinning NSFS and the idea of the 'independant' or 'indy' record label established in the late 70s by seminal post-punk labels such as Rough Trade, Factory Records, Cherry Red, Fast Product, etc.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

SPACE EXHIBITIONS ||| MAY/JUN


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SPACE EXHIBITIONS ||| MAY/JUN
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Preview: Thursday 13th May 6pm - 9pm (with afterparty)
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Exhibitions run from the 14th May - 19th June 2010
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LINE UP:

GALLERY: NEU! BEN SANSBURY
ANNEXE: RAVING ’89
LIBRARY: NORTH DRIVE PRESS
FOYER: ANDREA JESPERSEN

AMAXAMA - a new large scale installation by Ben Sansbury in the GALLERY, Raving ’89 – Gavin Watson’s brilliant photo archive project in the ANNEXE, a retrospective of the New York based publication North Drive Press in the LIBRARY and a sculptural installation in the FOYER by Andrea Jespersen.

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GALLERY /// NEU! BEN SANSBURY: AMAXAMA

Marked by Sansbury’s consciously clunky and totemic aesthetic, AMAXAMA is a mash-up of forms and thoughts centred on a single monumental hub. Housed in a large-scale walk-in structure built by Sansbury over a three week period leading up to the exhibition, sculpture, painting, photography, collage and sound will coalesce to form a single complex installation.

An expanded referential field underpins AMAXAMA as a whole. Sansbury is seduced by that which is old and Other; symbolic registrations drawn from myth and tribe merging with an archival passion for Old Europe and its many alchemic oddities.

AMAXAMA is Ben Sansbury’s first major solo exhibition. He studied at St Martins and The Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.

AMAXAMA is the fourth NEU! exhibition at SPACE. Previous exhibitions were: colourless green ideas sleep furiously by Adam Thomas (March 2010), What I Believe (a polemical collection) by Ruth Beale (November 2009) and PROH-SOH’ PA-PEER by Richard John Jones (September 2009). NEU! is an ongoing cycle of solo exhibitions by emerging artists at SPACE.

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ANNEXE /// GAVIN WATSON: RAVING ‘89

Raving ’89 is an exhibition by celebrated British photographer Gavin Watson.

Documenting the subterranean rave and acid house culture that emerged across the UK in the late 80s, Raving ’89 is a captivating chronicle of a grassroots social and cultural movement.

20 years after the event, Raving ’89 details the acute tensions underpinning early acid house culture. Watson’s work celebrates the pure hedonistic energy of the so called “second summer of love”: drugs and music fuelling an ecstatic sense of cross cultural social emancipation. Viewed from a contemporary perspective, however, these images also remind us of what was waiting in the wings in the form of The Criminal Justice Act (1994). With its specific impositions against Rave (notoriously of the definition of “repetitive beats”), the Act delivered a knock out blow to a scene captured in an untarnished state by Watson back in 1989.

Between two opposites, then, Raving ’89 strikes an uneasy balance; at once celebratory, while at times stiflingly melancholic.

Raving 89 is presented as continuous slide show accompanied by a soundtrack of period sounds mixed by Neville Watson (co-author of a monograph produced by DJ History to accompany this project).

Raving ’89 comes to SPACE following its American debut at New York’s White Columns (Oct/Nov 2009). Gavin Watson (b.1965) lives and work in the U.K. His photographs have been exhibited widely and published in three monographs: “Skins” (1994, U.S. edition 2001); “Skins & Punks” (2008); and “Raving ‘89” (2009).


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LIBRARY /// NORTH DRIVE PRESS

In the second of a new cycle of publication themed exhibitions, SPACE’s independent publications and periodicals Library hosts a retrospective exhibition by New York based North Drive Press.

An annual non-thematic art publication, North Drive Press began in 2004. Each issue contains interviews, texts, and multiples. Featured artists include Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Peter Coffin, Anne Collier, Jim Drain, Enrico David, Matthew Brannon, Cory Arcangel, Pablo Bronstein, amongst many others.

Following the recent release of their fifth and final edition, North Drive Press is now complete. This exhibition is curated by NDP editor and founder Matt Keegan, together with NDP art director Susan Barber and was conceived in conjunction with Kris Latocha (PAPERBACK magazine)

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FOYER /// ANDREA JESPERSEN

Andrea Jespersen’s installation in the Foyer Space examines the cultural phenomenon of superheroes and superpowers, and our need to create and believe in the ‘Ultimate Hero’. Jespersen's work comments on our culture, our habits, our knowledge and faith. Central to her practice is an awareness that we struggle to grasp what reality really is.


Andrea Jespersen completed her BA at Glasgow School of Art and her MA at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA and will be participating in the group exhibition …and then again… at the City Museum, Lisbon in June 2010. She lives and works in London and has a studio in SPACE’s Triangle building.