Tuesday, 22 July 2008

one night stands # 3


Curated by MA Gallery Studies students from the University of Essex

Monday 28th July 2008, 6 - 9pm

The gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, SW19 3QA, London

Three teams of curators, three provocations and one space
one night stands is a series of three one night events curated by three different MA student groups who have taken turns to deliver a provocation to one another and respond to a given stimulus.

The final of the three events is hosted by curators from the University of Essex.

SHOW OFF? is the product of the provocation 'OFF' received from the Sheffield Hallam curators. We have explored the often ambiguous boundaries of the artistic practices between ‘self expression’ and ‘show off’.

While the works exhibited reveal information or feelings very particular to the artists’ private and day-to-day lives, the emotions and confessions are subtly exposed with a 'documentary feel'. Within this, the qualities of autobiography and artifice are questioned. Interestingly, the chosen artists in this exhibition contradict and play with the conventional perception of a ‘show off’, as the introvert artworks publicly disclose their private identities.

Featuring works by four upcoming international artists:
Natasha Caruana, Lin Jun-Liang, Yaron Lapid and Kianoosh Motallebi

Artist Talks

7:15 pm Kianoosh Motallebi

8:15 pm Natasha Caruana

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Sunday, 22 June 2008


One Night Stand #2

Tuesday, 1st of July 2008, 6-9pm

Venue: The gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, SW19 3Q8 London

Have you ever been to a show and realised you were spending more time at the bar than with the artworks? As a response to ‘Cocktail’, a provocation delivered by the students from the University of Essex – in keeping with the curatorial strategy created for the series of three One Night Stands events – the MA CWCP Chelsea students invite you to a show where the works combine to create a space for reflection on the often ambiguous engagement with artworks at a private view. By pushing the art experience to the brink of collapsing into a party, this event looks at the social processes and conventions of private views themselves.

ONS #2 brings together a cocktail of seven artists, a DJ and a live band to spotlight particular mainstays of the private view format through a series of curated artworks and performances during the night.

Featuring works by Kate Hawkins and Eloise Fornieles, Sheena Macrae, Darren Edwards, Ellakajsa Nordström and Maymanah Islam, Orion Maxted
Music by Oliver Barton and The Coolness

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

SHCF response

A provocation, time specificity, a key word – infinite.

Just words, a mixture of vowels and consonants typed on a page, could be any page in any order, yet when re read the power within these words is their very essence, the poetics of what they are, simple yet complex.

They invite the reader to invest imagination!
Their beauty is what they offer, a world beyond the type face.

It is this poetry that the Russian Formalists wished to free from the page, ridding the text of the shackles of author and manipulation by authority or those who sought to control.

Viktor Shklovsky et al and their notion of ‘defamiliarization’ is explored in “Art as Technique” * A seminal essay on the poetics and mechanics of the written word in 1917; It is this essay that the M.A. fine art students from Sheffield Hallam University have chosen to explore to facilitate debate and discussion on its continued relevance to artists’ curators and theorists in the 21st century.

With an overarching theme of Defamiliarization running through their research the artists and curators from Sheffield Hallam University have used imagination to respond to the provocation set by their hosts.

At the Gallery at Wimbledon College of Art on the 14th of April 2008“ One Night stand” A series of three one night events hosted by the MA Critical Writing & Curatorial Practice students of Chelsea College of Art and Design in collaboration with the curating students of Essex and Sheffield Hallam Universities.

The Sheffield Hallam University artists/curators will exhibit their new work with their invited artists in response to “infinite” and “Time Specificity”.
This event will be part of an ongoing collaboration with MA curating students from UAL Chelsea and Essex University.

*Lemon, LT et al. (1965) ‘Russian Formalist Criticism Four Essays’ University Press of Nebraska
(1917) ‘Art as Technique’ arguably nearly one century later still a key text in the debate of the role of contemporary art.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2008

one night stands

one night stand #1
14th April 2008, 6-9pm
the gallery at wimbledon college of art
Merton Hall Road, London SW19 3QA

Three teams of curators, three provocations and one space. The gallery at wimbledon college of art is pleased to present One Night Stands, a series of three one night events hosted by the MA Critical Writing & Curatorial Practice students of Chelsea College of Art and Design in collaboration with the MA Fine Art Curating students of Sheffield Hallam University and the students of the MA Gallery Studies and Critical Curating course at the University of Essex.

The three curatorial groups will take turns to deliver a provocation to one another and respond to a given stimulus. The first event will feature a group show curated by the students of Sheffield Hallam University (Sheffield Hallam Curators Forum) exploring the theme of ‘defamiliarization’ in response to Victor Shklovsky’s text ‘Russian Formalist Criticism’. The provocation given to them was to take into account the nature of time-specificity.

List of artists and artworks:

- David Thomas Crawley: Born in Liverpool and living in Nottingham. David will show his ongoing project Photo booth (DVD, 20m), exploring the performative act of sitting in front of the camera by collecting rejected passport images from the UK Passport Office.

- Andy Roe: Born in Kingston-Upon-Hull and living in Oxford. A short word about you aims to give members of the public the opportunity to momentarily convey something about themselves through the use of one simple word: 'Me'.

- Felix Gumpoltsberger (born and living in Austria) and Cameron Craig (born and living in the UK). The collaboration between these two artists is an installation named Preservation and it deals with text and language in the context of the anonymity of chatroom conversations and how this offers many possibilities to play with identity and configurations of truth and exaggeration.

- Diana Ali: is a British-Syhleti artist based in the UK. She is currently exploring the visual and the verbal as an artform by involving artists’ responses locally, nationally and internationally, inviting them to respond to the word 'defamiliarization'.

- Xin-Shu LI: Born in Hangzhou, China, and currently working and studying in Sheffield. Xinsgu works with the roles and responsibilities as artist-curator and how to be a medium connecting the Asian and European contemporary art markets.

To view the outcome of the first stage of this exciting collaboration, we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery at wimbledon college of art on the night of the 14th of April.

Curated by:
David Thomas Crawley, Diana Ali, Xin-Shu Li and Cameron Craig
Sheffield Hallam Curators Forum, Sheffield Hallam University.

Organized by: MA Critical Writing & Curatorial Practice, Chelsea College of Art & Design

one night stands no.1, 14/4/08, 6-9pm