A R A R | Investigation Three | Leah Elsey & Sonia Uddin | Matt&Ross/Grizedale Arts | Paul Teigh & Martin Russell | What They Could Do, They Did
Together, At The Junction explores the relationship between collaborative art practice, community and public space. The Elephant Rooms invites jottaContemporary to facilitate artist engagement with a space in transition through live performances and site-specific works. The group exhibition will occupy The Elephant Rooms, a new roving art space in the Elephant and Castle Shopping centre founded and supported by Corsica Studios. The failed relic of a once promising 1960’s architectural structure will be the stage for a series of performances, live sound pieces and art works, in both the exhibition space and in the communal foyer space within the centre.
Among the featured artists British collaborative duo (formerly PaulMart) Paul Teigh and Martin Russell develop a high level of orientation around their relentless interests within Art Nouveau. In parallel Leigh Elsey and Sonia Uddin respond to the centre from their residency in Parramatta, Sydney Australia, through their research based approach to unraveling religious slogans, forming relationships with how pedestrians negotiate meaning. Matt&Ross, in collaborating with Grizedale Arts, acknowledge their positions within differing landscapes and through these two spaces they create a migratory interchange between the rural environment of Lawson’s Park, home to Grizedale Arts, and the modernist brutality/optimism of Elephant & Castle shopping centre. The history of both spaces collaborate to create an installation that embraces the natural contradictions found within landscapes and the people and objects that reside within them.
Various live performances will take place throughout the duration of the exhibition in an attempt to renegotiate the space and the people who occupy the centre. The events will include a r a r sound experiments as they engage the gallery space with a live performance at the Private View and then venture into the Shopping centre’s communal space on Saturday the 1st of August at 2pm. What They Could do, They Did will perform their ritualistic performance, Chaplin Vs. Keaton acknowledging Chaplin who had his first performance in Elephant and Castle area. They will continue to perform ritualized performances throughout the four daylong exhibition transforming the space into studio set up. Investigation Three intervene the space to conduct amplified walks around the area, mapping locations that are proposed regeneration sites. The collective will hold their main event at 2.30pm on Saturday the 1st of August.
Private view: Wed 29 July 2009, 6 -9 pm
Exhibition: 30 July – 02 August 2009 | 12 - 6 pm
Entrance: The Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Unit 316 Lower Ground Floor