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Block 336: Unspeakable Freedom - Tastes Like Chicken - 24 Sept 2016 to 21 Oct 2016

Current Exhibition


24 Sept 2016 to 21 Oct 2016
Thurs – Sat | 12 – 6 (or by appointment)
P.V.: 24.9.16. Events: 7/12.10.16, 6:30-8:30pm
Block 336
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Jennet Thomas
Unspeakable Freedom - Tastes Like Chicken
24.9.16 - 21.10.16
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Artists in this exhibition: Jennet Thomas


Unspeakable Freedom >> Tastes Like Chicken features The Unspeakable Freedom Device, 2015 which was originally commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery as a full scale installation as well as Animal Condensed > Animal Expanded #1, 2016, the first in a trilogy of new works exploring the meaning of animals in a post-digital and post-anthropological world.

In conjunction with the exhibition we will hold a number of events including a performance evening on 7th October from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Jennet Thomas will stage her hybrid, live-video performance piece I AM YOUR ERROR MESSAGE, and musician and composer Leo Chadburn will perform Red and Blue.

Consisting of a duet between two Safety Orange costumed performers, one inside the screen and one in front of it, I AM YOUR ERROR MESSAGE explores reality decay in Thomas’ characteristically anarchistic and bleakly humorous style. Chadburn’s Red and Blue, developed in relation to Thomas’ The Unspeakable Freedom Device for which he also wrote the musical score, comprises of twelve fragmentary songs; an extended, kaleidoscopic, single or abstract experimental radio play. The text is inspired by the correspondence between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the twin icons of right-wing politics throughout Chadburn’s 1980s childhood in a UK East Midlands ex-mining town. Thatcher and Reagan’s words are fractured and half-remembered in the surreal ‘libretto’, which imagines the two politicians as a pair of ‘televisual spectres’.

On 12th October from 6:30 - 8:30 pm we will hold a free event in which Jennet Thomas will be in conversation discussing her work with Professor Simon O'Sullivan and George Vasey. Simon O’Sullivan is Professor of Art Theory and Practice in the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths College. He is a theorist and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art practice, performance and continental philosophy. His collaborative art practice – with David Burrows and others – comes under the name Plastique Fantastique, a ‘performance fiction’ that involves an investigation into aesthetics, subjectivity, the sacred, popular culture and politics produced through, performance, film and sound work, comics, text, installations and assemblages. George Vasey is a writer and curator at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. Recent curated projects include 'Blend the Acclaim of Your Chant with the Timbrels' Jerwood Space, London and 'Breakin' Up is Hard to Do' KARST, Plymouth. His writing has been published in Art Monthly, Kaleidoscope, Frieze, Art Review and Apollo.

Please note both events are free. There will be an opportunity to see the exhibition following the events. 


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