Issue 21 Articles
Magazine: Issue 21
Spotlight: Hotel Elephant
Hotel Elephant 27-29 Brandon Street, London, SE17 1NA www.hotelelephant.co.uk In an interview with Hotel Elephant’s curator Emily Woodhouse, SLAM’s Naomi Fitzsimmons gets behind the scenes of Elephant & Castle’s biggest cultural surprises…. Hotel Elephant is currently showing ‘Logical Design’ and will be hosting a ‘Drawing the Heygate’ event as part of SLAM Fridays Bankside spotlight in partnership with the Big Draw, also featured on The Big Draw Art Tour: 25.10.13. NF: COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY AND FORMING OF HOTEL ELEPHANT? EW: It began in 2009 when Reuben Powell – local artist and Director of Hotel Elephant, was using a vacant unit in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre as his studio. It quickly developed into a venue for arts and culture, having temporary use of a warehouse space just off the Elephant roundabout. It was here where Reuben started to run regular educational projects with local schools and in 2011; I began to program exhibitions of other artist’s work. It has grown quite organically and for the past year we have been using the old doctors surgery of the Heygate Estate as a gallery and artist studio space. In a few months time we will be leaving the Heygate Estate and will relocate to two-warehouse spaces on Newington Causeway. We are currently quite a transitory space, using buildings in the interim whilst they are waiting to be developed or rented commercially. All of these have been within the Elephant and Castle. www.nathan-murphy.com Reuben Powell: www.reubenpowell.co.uk Cheryl Field: www.bearspace.co.uk/artists/cheryl-field Rui Ferreira http://www.gfilomenasoares.com//pt/artists/view/rui-ferreira By: Naomi Fitzsimmons. Photo Credits: Naomi Fitzsimmons, Geo Pavlov, Emily Powell.
Review: Everything Wants To Run
Everything Wants to Run @ Block 336 Block 336: 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA Exhibition: 12 October – 16 November, Thurs – Sat, 12 – 6pm Event: Ambit by Nyström / Khosravi, 18 October, 7pm Artists: Gabriel Hartley, Bruce Ingram, Mark Jackson, MSHR, Erik Nyström / Peiman Khosravi, Kate Owens, Daniel Silver, Nathaniel Stern, Charlotte Webb Curated by Mark Jackson Block 336’s new show ‘Everything Wants to Run’ is an exhibition of works by 9 international artists bought together by Mark Jackson arguing the case for ‘new materialism’. Recent philosophical aesthetic discussion presents the case for digital culture, once considered immaterial, as forming an important part of our aesthetic experience. Specifically, curator Mark Jackson poses the question: “When everything can be considered as matter, and when materiality underlies all cultural practice, how can we start to articulate the specificities and nuances of objects again, be they digital or otherwise?” It’s a big question. What underpins the clout of an aesthetic experience? Is it a bodily reaction, one that stays with you long after you’ve left the room? Think of the artworks you’ve seen or experiences you’ve had that have stuck with you: Hiorns’ ‘Seizure’? Hirst’s ‘A Thousand Years’? Wilson’s 20:50? The works are all visceral, all etched on the mind’s eye, and all still in demand artworks smashing visitor number expectations wherever they’re shown. I have trouble conjuring a digital work that has left a lasting impact, Marclay’s ‘Clock’ perhaps? Although, spend 7 hours with an artwork and it’s going to stick with you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Preview: Moving Image London
MOVING IMAGE LONDON Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London, SE1 9PH 16 -20 October 2013 FREE www.moving-image.info Moving Image London descends on the Bargehouse on Bankside this October in the midst of art fair month, SLAM’s Tina Emenyeonu probes festival organiser Murat Orozobekov on what we can expect from the fair and the growing Moving Image enterprise.