Friday, March 30, 2012

Matt Stokes: "Contemporary Art Club" Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Image: Matt Stokes  Long After Tonight, 2005, Super 16mm film and audio transferred to DVD, 6 min 45 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.

Contemporary Art Club

Exhibition Evening 29th March 2012 - 8pm - 3am
Stedlijk Museum

Trouw/De Verdieping and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam proudly present Contemporary Art Club, an evening packed with art, video installations, lectures and interviews—and of course, the most cutting-edge club sounds! We will present artworks by Rineke Dijkstra, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Shaw and Matt Stokes, a performance by artist Matthew Robert Lutz-Kinoy, speakers such as Dick Hebdige, and a club line-up including Joost van Bellen (Rauw, Amsterdam), Tom Trago (Rush Hour, TrouwAmsterdam) and Strange Boutique (No Rio, Amsterdam), with visuals by Arnout Hulskamp (TrouwAmsterdam).

Friday, March 23, 2012


Marcus Coates The Trip, (production still) 2010, Single Channel Video Duration: 34:28 min

UMHIMLICHE REISEN: Archiv trifft Gegenwart

Exhibition Preview 23rd March 2012 - 18:00
Exhibition and film nights 24th March - 21st April 2012
Art Space Zurich
Topferstrasse 26
Opening Times 12:00 - 18:00

Curated by Nadja Baldini, Beat Huber with guest curator Catherine Hug

Robert Jelinek exhibition African Chamber, 2005-06 / Annette Amberg Olympic stadium,
2011 / Pauline Bastard the travelers, 2011 / Marcel Duchamp Anemic Cinema, 1926 /
Harun Farocki interface, 1995 / Katia Kameli Nouba, 2000 / Christian Philipp Müller 2562 km,
2005 / Clemens von Wedemeyer found footage ('The Fourth Wall') 2008-2010 / Roger Willemsen
Leary's last trip: Roger Willemsen talking with timothy Leary, 1996

Action Friday 23 March 2012 from 18:00 Robert Jelinek presents passports from State of Sabotage (SoS)

Film series
Fri 23rd March 2012, 21:00 umheimliche traveling with Neil Beloufa, Luis Buñuel, Taus Makhacheva, Jean Rouch / Dominique Dubosc,
Clemens von Wedemeyer

sA 31st March 2012, 19:00 Moments of Disorder by Phil Collins, Katia Kameli, RothStauffenberg,
Jean Rouch / Artist Talk: Katia Kameli in conversation with Nadja Baldini and Beat Huber

sA 14th April 2012 19:00 Search of Truth with Djibril Diop Mambéty, Philip Mayrhofer and
Christian Kobald, Jean Rouch / Artist Talk: Christian Kobald in conversation with Catherine Hug,
at the CH-film premiere of L'ombre du prophète (The Shadow of the Prophet)

sA, 21 April 2012, 18:00 / 20:00 Me the Otherness and Me with Kader Attia, Ursula Biemann,
Marcus Coates, Bouchra Khalili, Uriel Orlow, Jean Rouch

Courtesy the Artist and Workplace Gallery

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Darren Banks: "The Shape" Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland, UK

The Shape

Lachlann Rattray
Darren Banks
Ben Robinson

Preview 23rd March 7 - 9
24th March - 15th April, 2012
Generator Projects
Dundee, Scotland, UK
Generator Projects are pleased to present The Shape; an exhibition of new work by Lachlann Rattray, Darren Banks & Ben Robinson, prompted by the compelling correlation between chance and determinism and its implementation in European horror cinema. Having considered the antinomical interrelationship between chance and determinism throughout Dario Argento's Tenebrae; Rattray, Banks & Robinson will present a string of recently developed multimedia installations insinuating the convoluted narrative and surreal ultra-violence indigenous to the Italian splatter movie.

For this work, Lachlann Rattray will explore the use of deterministic and chaotic functions and how they can reflect and model real world systems. These pieces are drawn from the ideas of chance and random occurrences present in the narrative structures of many horror stories; the most innocuous of decisions made by a character can have a greatly exaggerated effect as the story progresses. Similarly, the algorithms used to create these pieces (The Lorenz Attractor and John Conway's Game of Life) utilize very simple starting points, which quickly balloon to form complex structures and patterns. By generating audio and printed feedback, the output of the equations cease to exist only within the programs and begin to have their own effect on the space.

Darren Banks will present Bloody Dreams, Visions & Tourism; a multi- screen installation using found footage and analogue television sets. Each television will be given its own horror movie trope; through a process of selection, isolation, editing and looping, new objects are formed. Recurring horror motifs take on new meaning formally and thematically - horror starts to manifest itself structurally into the work as object and film become interwoven.

Ben Robinson will unveil Death Paints Red Daubings - an amalgamation of filmic and sculptural elements that form a pastiche of the traditional Italian Giallo genre. Encouraging distancing effects over naturalistic acting, the film will follow the various conventions of Giallo cinema, while the installation focuses attention on the range of tricks and shock effects involved in creating the cinematic illusion.

Darren Banks
Jump the Shark, 2010
mixed media , incorporating Fallen Angel, Public Sculpture/Private Radar and Fade Away
Dimensions Variable
Courtesy the Artist and Workplace Gallery

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Marcus Coates: "Dawn Chorus" Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

Image: Marcus Coates  Dawn Chorus, 2007, 14 Channel HD video installation, 18 min 8 sec.

Marcus Coates: Dawn Chorus

Exhibition Opens 21st March 2012 - 18:00
21st March - 21st May 2012
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth University

Dawn Chorus, by Marcus Coates, uses unique digital methods to explore the relationship between birdsong and the human voice, drawing out similarities between the behaviour of birds and humans.

Working with wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample, Coates placed 14 microphones around woodland to record birdsong early one morning in Northumberland. From this multi-track recording, each song was slowed down up to 16 times. Human participants copied this slowed down song, filmed in their everyday surroundings including an underground car-park, an osteopathic clinic and a bath-tub. The resulting video footage was then speeded up, returning the bird mimicry into its %u2018real' register

Coates' installation is, he feels, quintessentially British, because of our attachment to wildlife. "It's outside the human lifestyle because we get up too late," he says. "I wanted to create something you could experience again and again."

The artist will give an illustrated talk about his work, in the Arts Centre Cinema at 6pm on Wednesday 21 March. This will be followed by a viewing of Dawn Chorus in Gallery 1; an opportunity to meet the artist informally.

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Workplace Gallery represents Jacob Dahlgren

Image: Jacob Dahlgren I, the world, things, life, 2007, Interactive dart board installation, 1517 x 396 cm. 52nd Venice Biennale. The Nordic Pavilion, Curated by René Block. Photo: Frame

Workplace Gallery are delighted to announce that we now represent Jacob Dahlgren

Jacob Dahlgren was born in 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden. Exhibitions and projects include Wanås, Knisslinge, Sweden; Playing the city 3 Curated by Matthias Ulrich, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt Germany; Forward, Back, Right, Left, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle USA; Minimalism and Applied II Daimler Art Collection, Berlin Germany; Murals Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain; It's a Set-up, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York; Welfare Fare Well 52nd Venice Biennale, the Nordic pavilion, Venice Italy, curated by Rene Block; Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Jacob Dahlgren lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jacob Dahlgren's first solo show at Workplace Gallery will open in September 2012.

For more information regarding available works please email


Darren Banks: "The Storage Room" Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

The Storage Room

Opening 10th March 2012
Haifa Museum of Art

Curated by Pil & Galla Kollective
Jem Noble
John Russell
Annabel Frearson
Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Paul Chaney and Kenna Hernly
Darren Banks

This exhibition attempt to create a dialogue between Israel's three main art centers: Tel Aviv, Jerualem and Haifa. Divided into two parts, historical and contemporary, the exhibition will be accompanied by events, meetings, discussion, musical performances and more.
Storageroom features complete digitized exhibitions ready for download and  display at various venues by secondary curators.

The Storageroom features complete exhibitions that are available for download, which underwent a process of digitalization so as to preserve the full quality after they have been downloaded in their respective formats (video, sound, photography, text etc.). After they have been downloaded, the exhibitions could be displayed in the venues available to the secondary curators (those who chose to download the exhibitions) and the conditions they have at their disposal.

The same exhibition could be displayed simultaneously by agents of completely dissimilar nature and financial means: as the exhibition will be displayed differently, and convey cultural and curatorial perceptions that reflect not only the perception of the exhibition%u2019s curators, but also those of the secondary curators displaying it.
1. Exhibition digitized preserving the full quality of media. Exhibiting recommendations and instructions compiled.
2. Exhibition is uploaded by artist or curator, copyright delegated to Storageroom
3. Exhibition downloaded by secondary curator, undigitized and exhibited at available venue

Courtesy the Artist and Workplace Gallery

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Marcus Coates: "Follow the Voice" Canary Warf Screen, London, UK

Image: Marcus Coates Follow The Voice, 2009 Single Channel Video 10 min 45 sec
Follow the Voice

1st March - 27th May, 2012
Presented at Canary Warf Screen as part of 'The City in the City' programme

In a playful echo of Darwin's publication 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals', 'Follow the Voice' establishes striking parallels between a range of familiar man-made sounds and an equally evocative chorus of animal cries and calls.  Chasing (and carefully recording) pockets of sound around the contemporary urban landscape of Shrewsbury, Marcus Coates uncovers and explores unexpected patterns of sonic kinship

Isolating a number of sounds from the continuous hubbub of everyday background noise, including the 'beep' of the supermarket checkout, the siren of a police car and the noises of a school playground, Coates subjects the audio components of each video sequence to varying levels of manipulation (speeding them up or slowing them down to alter their pitch). As if tuning in to the right wavelength on this sonic sliding scale, he then adds to the mix by introducing field recordings of animals and birds whose songs and cries are uncannily identical to his newly-dislocated, disembodied sounds. Highlighting the rising-and-falling, one and two-note structure of primitive calls expressing recognition or alarm that are common across disparate species, 'Follow the Voice' captures the heightened feeling of interconnectedness at the heart of Darwin's view of the world, while reminding us of the spirit of curiosity and discovery that infuses Darwin's ideas.

Alongside an exhibition presentation at the Unitarian Church in Darwin's birthplace of Shrewsbury, Coates' work also accompanied Opera North's latest production 'The Weatherman' throughout July 2009 at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury (as part of Shift Time Festival), The Sage in Gateshead and Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds

'Follow the Voice' was co-commissioned with Shropshire Museums Services and funded by Arts Council England.

Courtesy the Artist and Workplace Gallery