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Cell Project Space: TRYING TO COPE WITH THINGS THAT AREN'T HUMAN (PART ONE) - 26 Sept 2009 to 25 Oct 2009

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26 Sept 2009 to 25 Oct 2009
Open Fri.-Sun. 12-6pm or by appointment
Cell Project Space
258 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9DA
United Kingdom
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Artists in this exhibition: Ian Brown, Marcus Coates, Alan Currall, Ryan Gander, Johanna Hällsten, Richard Hughes, Francis McKee, Heather and Ivan Morison, Mariele Neudecker, Alex Pearl, Paul Rooney, Annika Ström, Richard T. Walker


Ian Brown • Marcus Coates • Alan Currall • Ryan Gander • Johanna Hällsten • Richard Hughes • Francis McKee
Heather and Ivan Morison • Mariele Neudecker • Alex Pearl • Paul Rooney • Annika Ström • Richard T. Walker

in association with Air Space Gallery, Staffordshire, and David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco

Private View Friday 25th September 2009 6.30-9.00pm
26th September –25th October 2009

An international touring group exhibition and publication curated by Ian Brown

Trying To Cope With Things That Aren't Human (Part One) places us in a familiar position, one where we often struggle to deal with the things around us, unable to completely understand how technology works but simultaneously unable to truly understand the beauty of nature. We remain confused but still standing - between the things that we have made and the things that we have not, what could be called the invented world and the natural world. We struggle to understand the natural world without ourselves in it; so we turn away to the security of the invented world, the one that we have created. We may find problems in the working out of sophisticated designs but, as much as enduring a wilderness, the most minor of domestic tasks can become a difficult exercise in personal maintenance and survival.

To the extent that it discusses difference, this exhibition also tries to find the common ground, or indeed the threshold, between our ability to cope with the things that we have created, to make our lives easier, and our struggle to relate to the wonders of the natural world. We find it equally as difficult to comprehend the beauty of a vast landscape as we do the best way to use a computer, or indeed to know how it works. It is maybe only right that both the invented world and the natural world could also be equally and simultaneously called non-human. Often viewed as a dichotomy, technology and nature actually have a fluid relationship, one which judders and jerks all the time, rubbing them up against one another. In many ways technology has allowed more of us to have access to the natural world but our own obsessions with our ability to invent often distracts us and allows us to ignore it.

There is a publication which accompanies this exhibition and is available on request

Martina’s Birthday
Performance by Christer Lundahl & Martina Seitl

Friday 11th September 2009 6.30pm - 9.30pm
drinks and cakes will be served

Strongly rooted in research and choreography, London based artists Lundahl & Seitl’s work is a unique type of participatory performance often conceived in collaborations with other disciplines including: architects, cognitive neurologists, designers and musicians. This practice invites the visitors to physically and mentally immerse within the work, offering the possibility for the visitor to become experimenter and participator in stark contrast to the conventional and passive role of ‘audience as voyeur’.

‘Martina’s Birthday’ is a departure from the intimate and tactile performances for which Lundahl & Seitl are now recognised ie; ‘My Voice Shall Now Come From The Other Side of The Room’, A Foundation, London 2009. For this event at Cell Project Space, the artists invite visitors to freely navigate their way through an everyday social gathering; a birthday party, where drinks and food will be served as part of the usual conventions of the event. Within a constructed space various technological and physical elements will be inputted to lead up to a series of extraordinary encounters between the artists’ work and the visitors. By incorporating feedback video and live enactment Lundahl & Seitl will create traversed virtual layers of the ‘birthday’ inviting its visitors to operate and command live avatars within the social schema of the space. Throughout the course of the evening the event will be broadcast live on pirate radio.

Originally from Sweden Lundahl & Seitl’s most recent work can been seen at the ‘A Foundation’, London until August 12th this year, where the artists present a unique one to one performance with the audience on the rooftop of’ The Rochelle School’. Past live projects have included Battersea Arts Centre, Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Britain, London. In autumn this year they will present their third work in a series of solo commissions by WELD, sited and co-produced by The National Museum, Stockholm.

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