22 October – 20 November 2021
The exhibition Falling Away brings together Catherine Yass’s vertiginous film installations at Ambika P3. The first retrospective of the artist’s extensive body of film work, it spans the past two decades and includes a new work made in response to the impact of COVID-19 and global warming. Ambika P3’s vast subterranean space will engage audiences in the disorientating effects of Yass’s films, which portray architecture in a state of construction, abandonment or demolition. By engaging with our perception of verticality, these works address the relationship between material structures and the powers and institutions that embody them.
The exhibition provokes us to think about the conditions of social and psychological instability in which we currently live. It draws attention to the vital role of public services, whose fragility has been exposed by the ongoing pandemic. For example, one of Yass’s films documents a hospital undergoing demolition from the perspective of the dying building, revealing a beleaguered NHS; in another film, the BBC appears vulnerable as its visionary TV Centre is dismantled for real estate. The sensory impact of these works will be fully experienced when exhibited in Ambika P3.
Since its inception, Ambika P3 has been developing innovative methods for forming a distinctly experimental art site, rather than a gallery or cinema. This exhibition will further question the multiple relationships between artist, image, space, and viewer, as well as the collaborative role of the curator as designer and co-producer.
Falling Away is co-curated by film-maker and Ambika P3 curator Michael Mazière and Davide Deriu, Reader in Architectural History & Theory at the University of Westminster. The exhibition is informed by Deriu’s research into vertigo in the city as well as Maziere’s interdisciplinary curatorial practice. It will be accompanied by a symposium, secondary school and community workshops. An exhibition catalogue, freely available in print and open access, comprises essays by art writers, historians and critics as well as by the curators.
This exhibition is generously supported by: Arts Council England; British Academy; University of the Creative Arts; University of Westminster’s Research Communities and CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media).
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Thursday 21 October 2021
18:30 - 20:30
9 – 13 March 2022
An exhibition and event series
The meeting of clouds and sediment suggests an intersection of disparate temporalities and materialities – time in fleeting or geological registers, matter as diffuse and fugitive or compressed and layered. Clouds are mutable, transient and can be seen from afar but merge into surroundings up close, while sediment carries the weight of millennia in skin-like layers, each of which is an accumulation of histories. The works presented in this Hyphen Lab address these convergences through dealing with matters of temporality, embodiment, recording, ecological practice, social ecologies and more-than human life. Cloud Sediments is convened as part of Ecological Futurisms, an emerging collective of CREAM faculty and doctoral researchers who explore modes of togetherness and exposition in the face of growing and ongoing global and local challenges.
Shannon Alonzo, A.S.T. (Diann Bauer, Patricia Margarita Hernandez, Felice Grodin and Elite Kedan), stav B, Hanjo Berressem, Manuela Johanna Covini, Ifor Duncan, Amanda Egbe, Lydia Halcrow, monika jaeckel, Matthias Kispert, David McEwen, Harry Meadows, mirko nikolić, Ellen Nolan, Verónica Posada Álvarez, Sensory Design Studio, Arne Sjögren, Jol Thoms | Radio Amnion, John van Aitken
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Please bring your own headphones as this exhibition features video works. A number of headphones will be available at the gallery, which are cleaned before and after use.
Hyphen Journal Issue 3.1: Ecologies launch colloquium
Thu 10 March, 11am–6pm GMT
Keynote: Diann Bauer
Presenters: Hanjo Berressem, Manuela Johanna Covini, Andrew Goodman, Lydia Halcrow, Renan Porto, Caio Silva, Japhy Wilson
Full programme: http://hy-phen.space/journal/hyphen-colloquium-cloud-sediments/
Hyphen Journal Issue 3.1: Ecologies: http://hy-phen.space/journal/issue-3-1/
A series of conversations between artists participating in the exhibition, Fri 11–Sun 13 Mar.
These conversations will be hybrid events, accessible both at Ambika P3 and online.
Full details and registration links here: http://hy-phen.space/events/events/
Friday 11 March 2022
18:00 - 21:00
The private view features the participatory performance The texture of air by Matthias Kispert, 19:00