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JERWOOD SPACE

171 Union St, SE1 0LN
020 7654 0171

www.jerwoodvisualarts.org
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PROJECT SPACE | RACHEL ADAMS : RIGHT TWICE A DAY
Jan 15 - Apr 28, 2018 FINAL WEEK
Right Twice a Day is a new sculptural work by Glasgow-based artist, Rachel Adams. Its design is a culmination of features drawn from a traditional grandfather clock and The Maiden, a guillotine that was used between the 16th and 18th centuries as a means of execution in Edinburgh, Scotland. The work responds to the context of The School House by bringing together two historical references: the concept of the modern restaurant, which was born during the French revolution, and decimal time, which was enforced for a short period during the Terror, shortly afterwards.

JERWOOD/FVU AWARDS 2018 : UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
Apr 6 - Jun 3, 2018
Two new moving images commissions by artists Imran Perretta and Maeve Brennan.
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Click to enlargeTALK BY DR. MAY ROSENTHAL SLOAN
Apr 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
A talk by Dr. May Rosenthal Sloan discussing the relationship between food and the institution. Using the Victoria & Albert Museum as a case study, Rosenthal Sloan will examine museum visitors’ historic encounters with food, and the potential for such encounters to be developed in ways that encourage challenging conversations, and even enact lasting change.
 
The land on which the V&A now stands was once occupied by orchards and nurseries that supplied fruit trees to country estates outside London. As the city expanded and the South Kensington museum was built, the site switched from the production to the consumption of food – both food itself and food knowledge. From the world’s first museum restaurant to displays explaining the brand new science of diet to fish hatcheries that educated the public on aquaculture, a series of ‘firsts’ will be considered in the context of social shifts, scientific discourse and fast changing food systems in the mid-nineteenth century. This historic period of economic, social and cultural flux contextualises an examination of the role that today’s museums can play in understanding contemporary food systems, and providing space for debate and collaboration which could help us reimagine more desirable food futures.
 
Dr. May Rosenthal Sloan is a historian with expertise in the study of food and ethnic and national identities. Before joining the V&A she was employed as a lecturer in modern American history at the University of Glasgow, where she also gained her PhD, with a project titled Culinary Mongrelism: Food and Constructions of Identity in London and New York since 1945.
 
Rachel Adams has invited Dr. May Rosenthal Sloan to give this talk to coincide with her Project Space commission, Right Twice a Day.
This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.
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DR LEONIE ANSEMS DE VRIES: ‘WE ARE IN BETWEEN’
May 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm talk/event
A talk by Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries exploring stories as told by migrants during a visit to their make-shift settlements in Calais and Dunkirk in September 2017. These accounts detail the aftermath of police raids in which migrants’ shelters and belongings were destroyed whilst enduring the continued violences of daily life and anticipating the next police intervention – recovering from the last attempt to cross the border and waiting for their next opportunity. In asking the question ‘what happens “in between?”, Ansems de Vries refers to the moments of waiting; the experience, aftermath, anticipation and the in-between of violence. What is left behind after the police have intervened, or, more accurately, what happens in the moments in between – of waiting; of anticipating violence; of preparing to cross the border? What happens when hiding becomes a mode of being? What happens in a zone of irregularity, in which your legal status is unclear, as is the (il)legality of the practices of surveillance and violence you experience?
 
Leonie Ansems de Vries is a Lecturer in International Relations at King’s College London and Coordinator of the Migration Research Group. She is the author of Re-Imagining a Politics of Life: From Governance of Order to Politics of Movement (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2014). From 2015-2017, Ansems de Vries led the collaborative research project Documenting the Humanitarian Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean, which examined the effects of migration management practices on people seeking protection. The project’s key findings were published as a series of openDemocracy articles. Ansems de Vries is currently working on an academic/policy research project on legal pathways to protection in Europe and the academic/artistic project Migrant Agency and the Moving Image.
 
This talk is programmed as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences exhibition, featuring new moving-image commissions by Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta, 6 April – 3 June.
This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.
 
www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/events/dr-leonie-ansems-de-vries-we-are-in-between-narrating-migrant-struggles-in-calais-and-dunkirk/

MAEVE BRENNAN IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER TAYLOR
May 2, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
Maeve Brennan discusses Listening in the Dark, commissioned as part of Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences, with Peter Taylor.
 
The School House, Jerwood Space’s onsite café and restaurant, and the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences exhibition, will both be open before the event (5-7pm). This is an opportunity to see Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta’s new moving-image works and to use the café facilities before the event starts at 7pm.
 
Peter Taylor is the Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Previously based in Rotterdam, he was a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam between 2006-2016, and curated over 300 film programmes and performances at WORM, the city’s self-styled Institute for Avant Garde-istic Recreation. Additional recent activities include: a research-based residency at AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz, a guest programme for the inaugural PLASTIK, Ireland’s festival of artists’ moving image (2015); and Opacities, a series of screenings and discursive workshops curated with Kathryn Elkin for Collective, Edinburgh (2016). In October 2017 he presented The Elastic Now a film programme curated with Philip Widmann and Ulrich Ziemons at Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin.
This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.
 
www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/events/maeve-brennan-in-conversation-with-peter-taylor/

ERIKA BALSOM: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
May 9, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
At least since Okwui Enwezor’s Documenta 11 in 2002, documentary practices have been a prominent feature of contemporary art. But what idea of documentary has emerged from this context? This talk will propose that the denigration of surface appearances—a phobia of the descriptive capacities of “mere” recording—is a key characteristic of the documentary turn in contemporary art. This line of argumentation proposes that the best access to reality occurs through artifice and casts observational documentary as a bad object that naively indulges in illusory transparency and uncreative copying. It will situate these arguments within a longer history of attacks on the mechanical reproduction of phenomenal reality in the intersecting histories of art and film, and, through a discussion of recent artists’ practices that assert the primacy of lens-based capture, will question the continuing viability of these arguments today, in our era of “alternative facts.”
 
Erika Balsom is a senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London, focusing on the history of the moving image in art and experimental documentary practices. Her most recent book, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. She is author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Sight and Sound. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grey Room, e-flux, Cinema Journal, and numerous exhibition catalogues. In summer 2017, she was international film curator in residence at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Zealand, and in 2018 her essay ‘Instant Failure: Polaroid’s Polavision, 1977–80’ was the winner of the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
 
This talk is programmed as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences exhibition, featuring new moving-image commissions by Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta, 6 April – 3 June.
This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.
 
www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/events/erika-balsom-truth-or-consequences-documentary-and-doubt-in-contemporary-art/

IMRAN PERRETTA IN CONVERSATION WITH AYESHA HAMEED
May 10, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
Imran Perretta discusses 15 days, commissioned as part of Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences, with Ayesha Hameed.
 
The School House, Jerwood Space’s onsite café and restaurant, and the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences exhibition, will both be open before the event (5-7pm). This is an opportunity to see Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta’s new moving-image works and to use the café facilities before the event starts at 7pm.
 
Ayesha Hameed’s moving-image, performance and written work explore contemporary borders and migration, and visual cultures of the Black Atlantic. Her projects Black Atlantis and A Rough History (of the destruction of fingerprints) have been performed and exhibited internationally. She is the co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater 2017), which was nominated for a 2018 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award in the Critical Writing and Research category. She is currently the Programme Leader for the MA in Contemporary Art Theory in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London.
This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.
 
www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/events/imran-perretta-in-conversation-with-ayesha-hameed/

JERWOOD SOLO PRESENTATIONS 2018
Jun 20 - Aug 26, 2018
New works by Rob Crosse, Susie Green and Georgia Horgan presented as three solo presentations at Jerwood Space. Diverse in content and materials, the solo presentations span painting, sculpture, installation, film, and photography, expanding upon the artists’ existing dialogues to position sex, intimacy and desire in a socio-political context.

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