Upcoming Event

DISTURBED, HACKED, REASSEMBLED

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12 October – 5 November 2017

DISTURBED, HACKED, REASSEMBLED
12 October – 5 November 2017, Wed-Sun 12-6pm
Opening: 11 October 2017, 7-10pm
Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

LISA CARLETTA
KEIKEN
SUZANNAH PETTIGREW
TABITA REZAIRE
 
Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled explores how artists today are employing technology to stage, interrogate and celebrate the digital female body. Disturbed, hacked, and reassembled, the body is being experienced in new ways digitally and virtually.
 
Central to feminist critiques of sex and gender, the body is the site of visual difference and it is through the body that difference is experienced and lived. The development of technology and the inception of the Internet have opened up online spaces and virtual worlds that are inhabited by interactive avatars, orbiting 3D body parts and user generated identities. Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled reflects on these developments and our enduring fascination with the posthuman. Are new technologies helpful for our understanding of gender or do they perpetuate traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity? Are subject and object fixed positions or can they be challenged by embodying the virtual? What do new imaging technologies mean for the representational and the real? By exploring a range of subjects including 3D digital modelling, the virtual body, the dissemination of the female image and digital healing, the project asks, what are the limits and freedoms of the digital body?
 
The exhibition presents new and existing works by three artists and an artist collective spanning moving image, virtual reality, animation and video installation. ‘Paradise Found’ (2017) by Lisa Carletta uses 3D scanning technology and animation to explore the disintegration and reconstruction of identity, the body and the digital self. She presents a digital avatar of herself which resists the body image ideals that are advanced online in 3D CGI image libraries. The reality of representation is also explored in Suzannah Pettigrew’s ‘IC€Y’ (2017), a four channel video installation that explores the fragility of social currency. Hierarchical systems and iconographies of the female experience are investigated and dissected using footage sourced online. Content is reassembled and assigned new forms, the video of a video of a video, information on information on information. Keiken present ‘Silicone_Animism | The Birth of Mother Digital’ (2017), an interactive installation where the cybersoul contracts in the interuterus. VR, video and sound trace the birth of the digital, a giant networked space fused with human interaction and technology. Advancements in technology are also investigated in ‘Sugar Walls Teardom (Homage To Dark Labia)’ (2016) by Tabita Rezaire. The work explores the contributions of black women’s wombs to the advancement of modern medical science and technology. The work attempts to heal exploited and abused female bodies and celebrate womb technology through an account of coercive anatomic politics. 

Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled also plays host to a programme of performance, discussion and workshops. Speakers from a range of backgrounds will exchange ideas surrounding the posthuman, the cyborg, digital eroticism, feminist digital art practices and the augmented body, as well as the gender gap in the world of technology, female representation online and the importance of digital exchange. Workshops led by artists and tech professionals give participants an opportunity to use the latest technology to reassemble, recreate, repurpose or resist their own ideas around gender, race, sexuality and the body.

By presenting these works together, alongside a programme of performance, discussion and workshops, Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled demonstrates how the site of the female body, in a digital era, continues to pose important questions around commodification, gender binaries, representation, sexuality and race. As the discourse surrounding these subjects continues to develop, the project creates a space for reflection, a platform to disturb, hack and reassemble existing conditions and newfound knowledge.

Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled is curated by DRIVE-THRU with thanks to Lewisham Arthouse.

Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios 2017

Open Studios

30th September – 1st October, 2017

Explore over 30 studios, meet the artists, buy art at affordable prices or just have a look around. There will be an ‘I Spy’ children’s activity trail, café, guided studio tours and a programme of exciting live performances throughout the weekend. We’ll have a pop-up café and jerk chicken stall to keep you going, and a bar in the evening.

Deptford X Platform artist Sam Austen will be presenting his exhibition Run!! For The Present in our Project Space.

Sam Austen makes 16mm films that create new worlds and landscapes by filming objects he’s made in the studio, often floating or moving somehow through specially-made rigs, utilising a range of in-camera effects, superimpositions and mattes. The process is much like a collage yet allows an element of chance into its construction and tempo. He said of his work: ‘My interest is in looking and how humans see themselves, how the gaze is locked into our being, how the image in our mind with eyes open or closed is constant, and never really switches off.’

Lewisham Arthouse supports artists and arts-based learning through creative workspace and specialist facilities. We run an exhibition and events programmes of visual art and experimental music. This echoes the original intentions of the Carnegie library building we occupy – to enrich communities by nurturing their creativity.

Saturday 30th September 12-8 pm Sunday 1st October 12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access


The Bee’s Knees – Beecroft Garden Primary School exhibition

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13th – 16th September, 2017

Beecroft Garden School will be hosting an event at Lewisham Arthouse where all the art sold raises money for developing a special outside space and training for the children to revive Brockley’s tradition of bee-keeping!

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Special Preview to reserve art work:
Wednesday 13th September 10am – 5pm

Visitors to Beecroft Garden School enter a reception area that has been designed as an open plan gallery and library space that is filled with works by children working both collaboratively and individually.

“The fact that art work is framed and exhibited around the school with a professional level of care clearly indicates the value placed on pupils learning and outcomes, fostering respect and self – confidence amongst the children” (Charlie Salter, Co-chair of The National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD) South East Region)

All the works in this exhibition will be for sale in order to raise money for developing a special outside space for the children that will revive the local area’s tradition of bee-keeping. Beefriendly plants, hives and sculptures will all feature. The exhibition has already gained the support of art critics, gallerists and even the occasional collector eager to get work early.

“It’s great to see a school that understands bringing to fore a child’s innate creative spirit is of paramount importance. Who knows…perhaps one day one of the children from Beecroft Garden Primary School will be showing in the Tate, building architectural icons or writing life-changing novels.” (Oliver Basciano, Editor, International, of ArtReview)

Putting the arts at the centre of a Primary School’s ethos is a bold thing to do – but that’s exactly what Beecroft Garden Primary School has been doing since the school re-opened in 2012.

“The way you have developed the children’s creative skills and techniques, working on large scale cross-curricular projects, while maintaining outstanding academic results and Ofsted judgements, is truly inspiring! I always use your school as an example when teachers tell me that they do not have time to do arts projects due to needing to raise standards in English and maths.” (Philippa Beagley, Arts Award Trainer, Advisor, Moderator)

Telephone:
0208 692 2762

Email:
admin@beecroftgarden.lewisham.sch.uk

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good good, double good

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20th – 23rd July, 2017

The web was meant to be our way out but has just become more corporate than the real. But what is real anymore anyway? The past is now the present. The press has always been biased but is BuzzFeed really that different than the Daily Mail or the Sun? And why is it now that we have the possibility to be free that we are locking ourselves up? We had a glimpse of hope but it’s far away now. Politics has become just another word for perception management. The definitions of truth and knowledge have changed within our lifetimes – but nobody can quite pin down their new meanings. Whistle blowers are becoming this generations rock-stars. But what does it all mean? Meme’s replace movements. Witchcraft over science. A collapsing façade. A coherent picture that doesn’t add up. Things are good good, double good. Or are they?

Preview:
Thursday 20th July 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:
21st – 23rd July 2017
Open Friday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access


tempo process + grass

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27th – 6th August, 2017

tempo process + grass investigates the connections between spaces and processes. Exploring themes of colour, material, environment, artefact and documentation, Gabb’s continued interest in re-contextualising ‘conventional’ fine art painting practices, considers it within the experience of installation through performative actions.

Manoeuvring in and out of systems and processes, and in and out of fine art and rudimentary materials and methods, tempo process + grass seeks to invert traditional notions of formal abstraction and material contextualisation: The limits of process art are explored in the internal volume of Lewisham Arthouse which seeks to explore and fill the gallery space with a diverse composition of materials, tempered by identifiable references in pivotal points.

Jonathan’s recent work black + multiple 24, was selected by Alison Wilding for the APT Creekside Open 2017. He has been recipient of a number of highly-coveted and competitive awards, including the WW SOLO Award in 2012, and winner of the international 2014 Saatchi Art Colour Showdown competition. Following his first solo exhibition SYSTEM at the WW Gallery in January 2013, Jonathan’s second solo show at A Brooks Art Gallery in November 2013, entitled Opera Rose, was met with critical acclaim and listed in the top 5 shows to visit in Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays. Jonathan has also had works exhibited at the Griffin Gallery, and at the Affordable Art Fair, London. He was nominated by AxisWeb in 2013 as one of ten contemporary artists to watch and invest in, confirming his status as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists.

Preview:
Friday 28th July 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
27th July – 6th August 2017
Open Monday to Sunday 12-6 pm
Sunday 6th August 12-4pm

Free entry
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John Berger Night: Ways of Seeing/Man with a Movie Camera

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27th April 2017

Lewisham Arthouse will be participating in the New Cross & Deptford 2017 Free Film Festival (21st – 30th April).

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As a tribute to John Berger who died in January, we are screening episode one of his groundbreaking TV series Ways of Seeing from 1972.

Ways of Seeing helped to re-define our approach to culture and brought Walter Benjamin’s ideas of art in the age of mechanical reproduction to a wider audience. Berger describes how the camera changed the way we perceive reality and Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece uses every trick in the cinematic book to upend our perceptions to dizzying effect.

Dynamic, playful and sexy, Man with a Movie Camera helped to expand the language of cinema in ways that still seem fresh and exciting today.

Screening at 8:00pm
Free (No ticket required – First come first served)
Running Time 30 mins/80 mins


Drawing Picasso: Life Drawing Workshop hosted by LDG

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Fri 14 April 2017

Join London Drawing Group as we return to our original home at Lewisham Arthouse for a whole day of Life-Drawing this Easter Friday!

With easels, materials and our wonderful model provided, we will be offering a tutored session inspired by Picasso’s Demoiselles D’avignon, focusing on the themes of human abstraction and the possibilities of how we deal with the human figure in drawing. Tutored by our three LDG artists, the day will begin with a series of short poses and exercises designed to get you to think differently about the way you naturally approach your drawing, building to longer sustained poses in the afternoon that will allow you to create a completed work.

At just £30 for the whole day’s drawing this is a real steal, and trust us, it will be a treat for everyone involved! Book quick – these tickets won’t hang about for long!

TICKETS:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawing-picasso-life-drawing-workshop-at-lewisham-arthouse-tickets-33431957886

DATE AND TIME

Fri 14 April 2017
11:00 – 17:00

Free entry
Step-free access