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  • We Face Forward, Manchester | Corridor8 —
    pieces in this exhibition his work is refreshingly visual whilst also loaded with associative potential In using found materials to create work of an imposing scale the piece is both luxurious and yet humble in substance Another highlight of the exhibition is the work by Barthélémy Toguo also of a grand scale his piece Redemption inspired by the Bob Marley song suggests the coming together of North and South and the unification of humanity Similar concerns are also reflected in an additional piece situated in the Whitworth Gallery A large watercolour drawing entitled Purification is both a celebration of suffering and of beauty Barthélémy Toguo comprehends this piece as a purification following the injustices and suffering of the last century Photo courtesy of Romuald Hazoume The show at the Whitworth encompasses a diverse range of work some being primarily visual and others of a particularly conceptual content With the historic links within the textiles industry between Manchester and West Africa the Whitworth Gallery is an ideal location for such an exhibition exhibiting African textile pieces form their own collection alongside new installations reaffirming the historical association The enchanting installation The World Falls Apart by Pascale Marthine Tayou includes an interior

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  • Culture Club Showcase #4, Sheffield | Corridor8 —
    portrayed by eight different organisations and individuals presenting under the theme People and Spaces The featured presenters included Lovebytes Dust Soul of Sheffield Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust Occursus CADS Open Up and Martin Hogg Our Sheffield based partners and designers Dust gave a presentation about their six year relationship with Corridor8 in the context of their design practice Patrick Walker Dust MD spoke about the aims and history of both Dust and Corridor8 and artist Charlotte Morgan talked about her recent contributions to the journal Patrick Walker of Dust Photo courtesy of James Legge A few highlights Lovebytes is a non profit digital arts festival which began in 1994 establishing itself as one of the earliest of its kind in the United Kingdom The founders aim to bring together the cutting edge of digital arts and computer technologies to create art music and drama Over the last three years Lovebytes has turned its focus towards educational projects for young people through artist run workshops Its last festival was held in March 2012 Creative Arts Development Space CADS is a not for profit offering space for hire and studios for rent making use of disused industrial buildings CADS began with 3 studios in 2010 and today have about 56 working studios As a space for hire they have established themselves as a key venue for the local electronic music scene and seek to draw in audiences not necessarily interested in the arts Martin Hogg is a practising sound artist who has several book projects on soundscaping in progress Interested in sound mapping field recording and acoustic ecology Hogg explores the relationship between sound of living things and their environment Based in Sheffield since 1993 Hogg is currently working on a sonic guide to Sheffield using his background in radio to produce

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/culture-club-showcase-4-sheffield/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Paraphrase, Contemporary Six, Manchester | Corridor8 —
    light In the translation from digital to oil on canvas Attard includes painted white borders encouraging a panoramic reading of the images His subject matter ranges from the ambiguous to figurative and whilst earlier works have tendencies towards abstraction his latest work is more in the realm of representation in memento mori Mike Chavez Dawson uses reclaimed oak veneer furniture incorporating lasercut images either directly into the wood or into neon acrylic panels which feature reworked documentation of past performances Images are overlaid repeated and mirrored in something of a visual mantra The inversion of the images within each oak frame sculpture resemble Rorschach inkblot tests in psycho analytical examination cataloguing an ongoing self reflexive study of personal history Richards Shields bic biro drawings on found objects reference personal history combined with an influential art history discourse Art historical figure heads smoking are meticulously drawn in biro on paper coffee cups whilst others are resembled in part in collage drawings entitled The Male Artist and The Female Study The Mona Lisa is rendered in an array of tally marks counting the number of visitors to a popular show where the artist was working as an invigilator Shields preoccupation with medium

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  • FutureEverything 2012: Blast Theory | Corridor8 —
    Theory s runners each dressed in a distinctive uniform and equipped with a video camera ducked and dived through the streets festival goers were encouraged to log on to their website and get involved with the game online The charm of the game was the runner s live video feed By choosing a particular runner to follow the online player was taken on their journey through the streets listening in on their engaging commentary interacting with passers by and being exposed to the Northern Quarter in a new exciting way Businesses such as Teacup and Mad Lab offered up their premises so I d Hide You players could socialise with other players not just online but face to face By playing the game in Teacup players could experience the unusual sensation of watching the runners on the screen then see them run past the window seconds later Even social networking site Twitter was in on the hype with online players posting their scores and the whereabouts of various runners It was an online social gathering with a healthy competitive edge Meanwhile the runners where exploring the forgotten corners of Manchester whilst avoiding their counterparts There was a strange adrenalin fuelled tension when a confrontation occurred between runners It was the classic fight or flight situation as they had to make the decision whether it was worth the risk to attack or better to run away and hide Photo courtesy of John Hunter Through I d Hide You Blast Theory has cleverly brought the fun and addictive elements of gaming to a wider audience By ingeniously juxtaposing a real location real people and real time with digital technology they have created an idea that revolutionises gaming and links perfectly with the aims of the Future Everything festival The key aspect of

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/futureeverything-2012-blast-theory/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Manchester Salon Weekend 2012 | Corridor8 —
    and Industry hosted Future Everybody where visitors walking around with their mobile phones scanning QR codes and texting JOIN to numbers featured on text panels is to be expected amongst a plethora of visual data harvested and re contextualised from social media On the other side of the city centre from MOSI Handmade at Victoria Baths was part site specific installation and part craft fair with workshops exploring what happens when new technologies and handcraft converge For example Knitter Feed by Jenny Steele and Elizabeth Wewiora in collaboration with Cross Acres Knitting Crochet Group and programmer Tom Kinniburgh invited twitter users to post requests for knitted item hashtagging knitterfeed for interpretation and physical realisation of their twitterfeed ideas There was also the coinciding Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention lining the spectator balconies of the restored historic baths with various contributors selling their wares plus a photocopier at people s disposal Running parallel to Future Everybody and Handmade Chinese Arts Centre was screening 60 Minute Cinema in the second part of a six week changing programme showcasing new video art from mainland China People s Park guest curated by Dong Bingfeng screened four video artists amongst whom Cao Fei China Tracy shows People s Limbo a video created a Second Life world RMB City featuring a giant People s Monopoly board and avatars of Karl Marx a Lehman brother and Chairman Mao in conversation Discussion featured largely on the programme agenda with a curator s tour of Subversion at Cornerhouse by Omar Kholeif a roundtable on Art Design Activism and Occasional Property Development at Ultimate Holding Company based at Hotspur House and an artist led platform at Castlefield Gallery Artist Led Platform 1 introduced ten Greater Manchester based artist led projects in ten minute presentations Presenters included Kwong Lee artist and Director

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/manchester-salon-weekend-2012/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Corridor8 Interviews | Corridor8 —
    mass popular cultural forms in order to espouse new forms of critique C8 I enjoyed that Subversion features cinema spaces within the gallery for viewing many of the film works one with old cinema seats and one with airplane seats What prompted these decisions OK My curatorial practice is focused mainly on the presentation of film and video in the gallery However of course many curators who aren t versed in the nuances of this practice often mount what I believe can be very didactic even boring exhibitions One need only think of the numerous exhibitions that find video works placed on 12 inch CRT monitors with headphones for example with little imagination Having said that for me I wanted to create environments that brought the videos to life and I worked with each artist to achieve this I wanted to create environments whereby the audience would become complicit within the action of the video work So for example when we sit back in the aeroplane seats of Sherif El Azma s Television Pilot for An Egyptian Air Hostess Soap Opera 2003 the viewer is intended to be teleported on the aerodynamic journey that the protagonists undergo within El Azma s narrative Likewise in Marwa Arsanios I ve Heard Stories Part I 2008 we project the artist s work onto a drawing table with archival materials which directly references both the hand drawn animation and the archival qualities of this particular work for example C8 Humour is an apparent quality of the exhibition How do you consider the role of humour when dealing with subversion OK This is a complex question and one too detailed to answer fully here I believe that humour parody and pastiche are some of the most interesting ways to espouse a form of critical and

    Original URL path: http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/corridor8-interviews/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Flights of Fancy: Tatton Park Biennial 2012 | Corridor8 —
    Parabola described that We have always been at pains to commission artists from a range of backgrounds to create work that challenges and surprises audiences and to do this in a way that doesn t alienate our visitors we develop a strong curatorial rationale with outreach work signage guides and audio tours that can discuss complex work and its inspirations in a manner that welcomes rather than repels new audiences Olivier Grossetete Pont de Singe 2012 Following along these lines much of the work is easily accessible to a range of audiences Artist Olivier Grossetete s Pont de Singe features a suspended bridge over a pond held up by three white helium filled balloons in the Japanese Garden The bridge which is non functioning and its balloons allows the viewer to question the impossibilities of flight Brass Art Trine Messenger 2012 The trio of Manchester and Glagow based artists who comprise Brass Art created a three dimensional inflatable sculpture of a seven metre long head titled Trine Messenger Inspired by classical images of the god of sleep the Surrealist work is situated on an inaccessible patch of grass on the far side of a small pond Brass Art developed the

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  • Preview: FutureEverything 2012, Manchester | Corridor8 —
    digital reproduction of a hundred dollar bill by Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima constructed through the labour of 10 000 microworkers The live music line up includes forty five musicians and leans towards the digitally slanted and experimental Of particular interest is Dieter Moibus improvised score for the 1927 film Metropolis in St Philips Church in Salford on 17 th May For this year s two day conference the Icelandic

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