Private view Friday 26th May 6 – 9pm
Anna Hughes, David Stearn, Dominik Germanek, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Luke Gottelier, Michael Cox, Reindeer Werk and Susie Hamilton in The Day of the Triffids (Ep.2: the groping city)
Having realised that seemingly everyone has gone blind from the event of the previous night, the protagonist makes his way alone from west London to the West End, through the stillness, lifelessness and desolation of the suburbs.
As he reaches Piccadilly, he witnesses the unseeing crowds groping and colliding, and soon, disorder and the breakdown of the rule of law. He finds a society alienated from itself at a stroke, where esurience and necessity are the mothers of selfishness, randian opportunism, gratification and abuse. At this pivotal moment, exploitation is man’s first response to others’ dependency. As abject lack of humanity becomes a human feature, a future emerges fraught with fear…
Anna Hughes, David Stearn, Dominik Germanek, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Luke Gottelier, Michael Cox, Reindeer Werk and Susie Hamilton star in this second instalment of the Day of the Triffids.
The exhibition is based on the lie that their works tell that story.
It is based on the belief that their works might tell that story.
Of exhibition as compound, whose properties are unlike those of its constituent elements, and which creates matter new and else, distinct from the individual endeavours. Of curating as coalescing disparateness, not gathering the homogeneous voices of one’s echo chamber.
Some chronotopes: in the 10 minutes it will take you to go from Cannon Street to Deptford, the life expectancy of those around you will have fallen by 7 years. In the gallery space, the narrative orders the artworks from the left to the right, you move clockwise as the day progresses and as society fragments further.
A paradox. The exhibition aims to show you something that is not there. Yet in order to see it, you must be there.
More simply. A good story. The rest should not get in the way. This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative.