Living in a new material world
Preview 9 March
10.03.17 – 02.04.17
New Material: living in a new material world
Curated by Tyler Mallison
Preview: 6-8pm Thursday 9 March
10.03.17 – 02.04.17
Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts
New Material: living in a new material world is a group exhibition of new work by 8 international artists, which seeks to address the shift in the ‘material world’ from the Gen-X perspective of the mid 1980s; a time of pensive self-awareness and anxiety, to our current new material world; one of 21st century post-truth Trumpist politics and Brexit Britain. Work spans sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video and the expanded field of painting.
The title of the exhibition references the 1984 song Material Girl by Madonna. The hit was written at a time when living in a ‘material world’ meant aligning with the collective shift towards aspirational image, status brands and global corporations. Fast-forward 30+ years and now, what defines the ‘new material world’? The Internet is a given, the virtual seems real, and geographic borders have eroded in the exchange of artistic capital. Tensions suspended by millennial optimism are beginning to resurface in the face of post-truth Trumpist politics, Brexit Britain and recognition of the Anthropocene and its environmental impact. Moreover, around the artist has emerged a sophisticated international art market with an estimated worth of 50 billion Euros.
New Material presents a platform for investigating the conditions of this unstable, shifting and often contradictory ‘space’ through pluralist concerns (body/mind, public/private, virtual/real, authentic/fake) that give form and insight into materiality today. The work of the 8 artists brings to the surface strategies used to navigate their experience against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging climate for expression and artistic production. They themselves are the product of the new normal in contemporary art: relationships organically forged via precarious channels of alternative education, artist-led initiatives, open formats, studio disruption and social media.
During the exhibition, a dialogue will unfold amongst the artists and expand through community engagement and planned public talks involving guest artists. The aim of the events is to spark discussion with other artists and the public about what characterises life and art in this new material world.
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6-8pm Thursday 9 March
New Material Newspaper Club
7-9pm Thursday 16 March
Led by artist Rosalie Schweiker of Unite Against Dividers
Labo(rat)ori — extended (timelayers)
8pm Saturday 18 March
Choreography: Miguel Altunaga, Rambert Dance Company
Dancer: Jacob O’Connell, Rambert Dance Company
Painting: Michaela Zimmer
Music: David Preston
Followed by short talk by Michaela Zimmer and Miguel Altunaga
International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation
7-8pm Wednesday 29 March
Guest artists Goska Macuga, Mira Calix, Deborah Coughlin, Mark Simpkins
New Networks: New Normal
4:30-5:30pm Friday 31 March (preceding SLAM)
In conversation with Syllabus II artists
Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Tom Smith, Laura Wilson
South London Art Map (SLAM)
6-8pm Friday 31 March
Extended opening hours and artist talk in conjunction with SLAM Deptford tour.
3-5pm Sunday 2 April
Informal closing. All welcome.