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  • Review: Artist Rooms – Bruce Nauman, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston | Corridor8 —
    its shifting combinations of phrases making a constantly renewed series of texts a sculptural and dynamic form of poetry This appropriation of the commercial medium of neon signage has perhaps lost some of its original impact following the popularity of the form in more recent decades Featured in the gallery space alongside the pulsating neon light is the multi screen video and sound installation Violent Incident from 1986 This work features a vignette fight scene between a couple choreographed by Nauman Each of the twelve screens features a variation on the construct at times the woman is the protagonist then the man some screens featuring colour casts bathing the image in red The videos are sequenced at different rates giving a fractured account of the scene at a glance Uncomfortable and voyeuristic although clearly staged the multiple viewpoints offer a looping analysis of a chain of events which cannot be altered and seems inevitably to go on being played out That Nauman has cited Samuel Beckett as an influence here seems apt although the work also could also be interpreted as an early commentary on the role of video evidence and pervasive CCTV culture Featured in a final gallery space are two video pieces in which Nauman performs actions to camera himself Raw Material Washing Hands and Setting a Good Corner Allegory and Metaphor are the types of work we might usually associate with the artist s early film pieces however they were made in 1994 and 1996 Each facing the other these pieces feature ritualised tasks carried out by Nauman returning to the successful formula of his earlier practice In Raw Material two monitors loop a sequence of the artist thoroughly washing his hands this everyday action is leant an obsessive quality and focus with the allure of the

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  • Review: Grace Schwindt – Free Individual/ Free Society, Pavilion, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds | Corridor8 —
    with arts commissioning organisation Pavilion using the context of Schwindt s work and the notion of the historical use of telephones to broadcast shows and performances to cinemas throughout the country Schwindt s text and performance took place in a separate auditorium and was transmitted via telephone line to broadcast through headphones within the cinema that the audience was seated in A sense of impending disconnection was revealed through the use of the telephone line and the assumed instability of this important mode of communication which added to the sense of disconnection we as audience members were experiencing creating the feeling of a disembodied encounter Schwindt s work often plays with this sense of deconstruction of environment and is very critically and politically aware questioning our understanding as audience members and members of society to the social and political structures which hold us in place Works often take the form of video and performance using installation text and costume to create a set and tools for the dissemination and interrogation of the proposed system One of these systems under examination could be the convention set between the performer and the audience the traditional relationship formed between action and viewer A previous work Glass and Honey from 2012 saw the audience stood in the street in front of a large lass window while the artist spoke and wrote a narrative text on the other side of the glass inside the building both unable to inhabit and connect with the same space as the audience This is echoed in the Free Individual Free Society performance where we the audience were sat attending in one venue unable to watch and engage with the artist and other performers in the other A three part text was narrated through the monotone voices of both the

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/review-grace-schwindt-free-individual-free-society-pavilion-hyde-park-picture-house-leeds/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Review: Tanya Axford/Paul Merrick – Workplace Gallery, Gateshead | Corridor8 —
    projection sound and bursts of light from flashguns with their psychological effects upon the viewer Choose or Hoard for the Future 2014 is a pitch black installation comprising of reflective fabric cut into Vorticist shapes momentarily illuminated by bursts from the flashgun The effect is Orwellian with an after image simultaneously suspended in space before your eyes while being impressed upon the mind Similarly destabilising is the installation Feel That 2014 consisting of five micro digital projectors hung low from the ceiling They project a closed looped film of foil twisting and convulsing onto crumbled material accompanied by the sound of its contortions Reminiscent of the works of the late Helen Chadwick this work attempts to disrupt what is perceived against what actually exists Paul Merrick s work on the other hand substantially deals with literal materiality although alludes to metaphoric aspiration in a series of paintings that utilise materials more common to the building trade Merrick s paintings are constructed from compression board some lined with the reflective surface of insulation material others in the powdery blue grey and pink hues of the raw boards All the works are a stand dimension but most are made out of sections fixed together with builder s mastic This conceptual framework is reinforced by all the works hung like paintings being Untitled with the aesthetic effect recalling works by Brice Marden and Ellsworth Kelly Where Merrick s work diverges from this post painterly canon is through the inclusion of collaged colour images from National Geographic the Great Outdoors and Wallpaper This establishes a rhetorical dialogue between the substance of the materials and the lifestyle aspirations they promise further heightened by the images seeming to depict aspects of the sunshine state of California and so perhaps evoking post modern notions of pioneering Despite

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  • Review: Science Fiction – New Death, FACT, Liverpool | Corridor8 —
    as we remain uninformed of life outside our own self curated internally focused world Whilst Gallery 1 is transformed into a stark white future state visitors can contemplate these questions The design of the exhibition e nvironment is totally immersive and engaging as visitors enter through security scanners past James Bridle s holographic steward Homo Sacer jarringly poignant given the recent redundancy cuts to FACT s g allery staff and into a maze like microcosm of corridors Dizzingly futuristic this installation confuses the viewer and challenges them to seek out their own path into this sparse unforgiving universe I was slightly disappointed that some of the design aspects within were not developed further as it was frustrating to gaze on endless rows of frosted glass and mysterious unlabelled drawers Intentional or not at times I felt the installation could have been more detailed more provoking The artwork on offer is hard to digest especially due to the alien uncomfortable exhibition space For example I was unable to appreciate Karen Mirza Brad Butler s film Deep State w hich at 45 minutes stretches the amount of time anyone can be expected to stand and engage Other film installations were also of a substantial length and I couldn t help but feel that given the accompanying film programme would these not have benefited as part of the cinema season instead Similarly Nathan Jones sound installation was a piece I wanted to explore but was thwarted in my attempts an audio track reinterpreting China Mi é ville s thoughts on the future of death was lost amongst the bleeps and moans of the computers and films chattering throughout the rest of the gallery space The accompanying exhibition guide however with newly commissioned literary content from Mi é ville is exciting and original and

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/review-science-fiction-new-death-fact-liverpool/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Lauren Velvick | Corridor8 — | Page 5
    Weirdo Club Leeds Review The Negligent Eye The Bluecoat Liverpool Preview Movement Magic and Mirrors Five short films by Maya Deren Cornerhouse Manchester Review Interim blip blip blip Leeds Interview Kwong Lee Nicholas James Review Re View Iain Andrews Castlefield Gallery Manchester Review Letizia Battaglia Breaking the Code of Silence Open Eye Gallery Liverpool Review Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Middlesbrough Newer events Older

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  • Hung Keung at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester | Corridor8 —
    of time and space through the ancient philosophy of Dao Dao although difficult to define as a Westerner relays principles about the flow of the universe Following Daoism one aims to harmonise one s will with nature maintaining balance in the world Photo courtesy of the artist Standing at a cross road in the Chinese Arts Centre the way to the exhibition is unclear until Chinese calligraphy emerges shiny black like tar against the matte grey walls Entering the main gallery brings the far end of the installation allowing an extensive horizontal view created by a line of twelve screens Using bespoke software a camera picks up the viewer s image immediately incorporating him or her into the universe Hung Keung has created As one moves a steady stream of Chinese characters flows around one s virtual duplication Resembling a spiritual aura the characters seem to have an attraction to the image on the visual display like iron filings to a magnet This interactive element to the installation adds to the mystery of the work A single lonely character floats around in the vast white expanse evolving to a screen dense and heavy with large sweeping symbols The marks movements

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/hung-keung-at-chinese-arts-centre-manchester/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Kelly Richardson: LEGION at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland | Corridor8 —
    and horror landscape painting and wildlife cinematography The results are complex cinematic installations that present us with seemingly real locations subtly doctored with CGI animation and sound to create an unsettling otherworldly atmosphere The lack of any physical human presence enhances the work often making the scenarios feel like a post apocalyptic future or a pre human past To walk through the first installations of LEGION is akin to experiencing the opening scenes of a sci fi film Utterly immersive and unashamedly strange they transport the viewer to radioactive swamps where subtle ripples suggest hidden life forms Leviathan disquieting wasteland where a too blue sky is heightened to the point where perfection becomes quietly threatening Forest Park and fantastical woodland inhabited by a confrontational green spectre of a stag Twilight Avenger There is an amplified sense of anticipation and as the sole human inhabitant of these abandoned environments the viewer experiences a distinct feeling of displacement A collection of early works display clichéd Hollywood scenarios a suburban street scene moonlit campfire and lake at dawn but each is doctored with cinematic devices employed to unsettle the otherwise ordinary Meanwhile in Exiles of a Shattered Star the sky is falling not in New York Hollywood s default apocalyptic playground but in the romantic sublime of the Lake District Perhaps the most complex of the works displayed here is new commission The Great Destroyer Viewers are invited to wander through multiple screens of a dense green wilderness which for the first time is un tampered with An otherwise wild soundtrack is interspersed with chain saws camera clicks and car alarms This combined with the ominous title suggests that it is the human race itself not an impending Armageddon alien invasion or supernatural happening that threatens the demise of our natural idylls However

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/kelly-richardson-legion-at-northern-gallery-for-contemporary-art-sunderland/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Corridor8 Issue 3.3 | Corridor8 —
    profiles a series of unique perspectives on the North You are invited to the launch of the third part of Corridor8 s third edition on Thursday 5 July 2012 from 6pm at The Bluecoat Liverpool At the launch writer and artist Derek Horton talks about the online art and writing magazine Soanyway co produced with artist Lisa Stansbie Derek Horton at The Bluecoat Liverpool 5 July 2012 Film credit Linda Dutton IN THIS ISSUE Novelist Jenny Diski author of Only Human and Nothing Natura l presents new writing recounting two memorable trips to the North of England A personal response to the writer is provided by New York based novelist and art critic Frederic Tuten Artist and Northern Art Prize winner Paul Rooney gives us his take on living and working as an artist in Liverpool in a critical examination of the city and its cultural aspirations Artist and social researcher Grace Hamilton speaks to the North s major art education institutions including Christine Borland professor at BALTIC 31 in Newcastle Maurice Carlin at Islington Mill Academy in Salford Juan Cruz professor of fine art at Liverpool s School of Art and Design at LJMU Ian Rawlinson artist and Route Leader at the Manchester School of Art at MMU and The Free University of Liverpool gives a collective interview Also in this issue we present the first print edition of the usually online contemporary art and writing magazine Soanyway This 16 page special edition explores the theme of Content s with its double meaning of containment and contentment Image led and printed in full colour on glossy paper it provides a stunning colour supplement to Corridor8 Contributors to the supplement are Alex Dipple Andrew George Phill Hopkins Eoin Shea Lisa Stansbie and Anna T Billy Cancel Tom Duggan Claire Potter

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/corridor8-issue-3-3/ (2016-02-15)
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