SISYPHUS IN RETROGRADE
9 APRIL - 4 MAY 2019
LONDON CURATORIAL X AINDREA CONTEMPORARY
17-19 TRITON STREET, REGENTS PLACE, NW1 3BF
'Sisyphus in Retrograde’, curated by Aindrea Emelife and Gabriella Sonabend, presents the works of 5 contemporary artists whose practices reference ancient knowledge and incorporate the activation of sculpture through performance, kinetics and sound. Questioning the symbolism of materials and forms, these artists are linked by their fascination with the ritual object, the point of tension before collapse and the transfiguration of physical forms through the activation of sound, movement and touch. Together they pose questions about possible futures and sustainability within culture and environment.
Exploring the limits of their materials, these artists use sensorial elements to play with the audiences expectations and to challenge our relationship to symbolism and form. Each has research based practices which cross the boundaries between art and science.
Like Sisyphus eternally pushing his boulder uphill, these artists return repeatedly to their subject matter posing questions about how we can use ancient knowledge to develop sustainably in light of the imminent environmental crisis of the era of the anthrophocene. Perhaps posing another question, is human activity as the dominant force progressive, will we save ourselves, or are we in retrograde?
ARTISTS: SOL BAILEY-BARKER, EVY JOKHOVA, ADELINE DE MONSEIGNAT, NISSA NISHIKAWA & HARRISON PEARCE
Exhibition Opening & Artist Performances
Tuesday 9 April
6 - 9pm
For the opening of ‘Sisyphus In Retrograde’ artists Sol Bailey-Barker & Nissa Nishikawa present two new pieces of performance and sound.
’The Familiar Earth’ 8:15p
‘The Portion’ Interactive Dinner with Evy Jokhova
Friday 3 May
The Portion – a three part meal, talk and open discussion, will explore norms and normativity, asking the questions: how much is too much, how little is too little, who sets the norms and how have these changed over time?
This collaborative dinner experience will be looking at topics such as food shortage, rationing, demand and supply, dieting, religious rites and fasting, over consumption, dietary changes due to environmental issues and government enforced food regulations. Participants will be invited to collaborate in making their meals by trading, bartering and exchanging components of the meal with their fellow diners in order to create their suppers. The menu for this meal will look to ancestral traditions in vernacular Western cuisines – to our grandmothers who could make five meals from one chicken.
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