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SPRING OPEN STUDIOS
Mar 18, 2017 to 12:00am talk/event
With international residency artists: Cocoy Lumbao (Philippines), Adriana Minoliti (Argentina), Catarina de Oliveira (Portugal), Ben Rosenthal (Switzerland).
FREE entry, no booking required.

Click to enlargeFILIPA CÉSAR & LOUIS HENDERSON : OP-FILM: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF OPTICS
Apr 27 - Jun 25, 2017
The exhibition comprises a newly commissioned film and installation exploring how optical technologies of military and colonial design – from lighthouse Fresnel lenses to global satellite navigation systems – both inform and are informed by Western models of knowledge. Taking a critical approach to the ideologies behind the development of these instruments of guidance and surveillance, the artists consider how imperial gestures of discovery, revelation and possession are embedded in associations between seeing and understanding, light projection and enlightenment.
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RESEARCH SEMINAR: REFRACTED SPACES
Jun 3, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm talk/event
Gasworks presents Refracted Spaces, a research seminar convened by Filipa César and Louis Henderson. Developed as a way to expand on their research for Op Film: An Archaeology of Optics, the event situates the work presented in the exhibition in a wider context, incorporating the critical perspectives and practices of various other thinkers, researchers and artists.
 
Together with Zach Blas, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Ana Naomi de Sousa, Olivier Marboeuf, Margarida Mendes, Rachel O'Reilly, Roque Pina and Lorenzo Pezzani, the artists will discuss the themes of their exhibition in relation to topics ranging from indigenous sea-navigation methods and cartographic law to forensic research of the Mediterranean refugee crisis; from aesthetic strategies of nonlocality, opacity and obscurity that interrupt optical surveillance to systemic racism embedded within technological developments; and from the materiality and ontology of blackness and black light to afrofuturist narratives of submarine resistance.
 
The seminar includes a conversation between Filipa César, Louis Henderson and Roque Pina, the protagonist of their film Sunstone and the keeper of the lighthouse at Cabo da Roca, Portugal – the westernmost point of continental Europe.
Free, book using the buttons provided on our website. Please arrive promptly.
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MONIRA AL QADIRI : THE CRAFT
Jul 13 - Sep 10, 2017
Private view Wed Jul 12 6:15pm - 8:30pm
The Craft is the first UK solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based artist Monira Al Qadiri. The exhibition includes a short, semi-autobiographical science fiction film, sculptures and photographs in which international diplomacy is envisaged as an alien conspiracy. Under this umbrella, embassies, conferences, cultural exchange, and political activism are represented as elaborately-staged ways to conceal diplomats’ true dealings with the third kind. Poking fun at collapsing postcolonial empires, these works also explore how the current rise of nationalism and political populism trivialises formerly common ways of being international in the world, depicting the era of diplomatic rituals, national grandeur and political grandstanding as a nostalgic and lovable ‘other world’ beyond reach.
 
Co-commissioned by Gasworks and the Sursock Museum, Beirut with support from Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, 1–16 July 2017

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