Laura Oldfield Ford
Christopher M. Smith
Angharad E.P Williams
Open your door. A group of some 20 artists, writers and curators produce a collaborative project. This accumulative exhibition delivers a set of works formed by the group, drawing from their shared interests in the material, and augmented by a schedule of one-off outdoor events and performances.
What if some of the greatest plays in history were borne of a bargain with the Lord of Dreams?
Sol Archer | Anna Bunting-Branch | Cindie Cheung | Will Cenci | Beth Collar| Annie Davey | Chris Fite-Wassilak | Alastair Frazer | Patrick Goddard | Anna Gritz | Charmian Griffin | Dean Kenning | Una Knox | Lawrence Leaman | Daniel Lichtman | Will May-Robinson | Stuart Middleton | Laura Oldfield Ford | Naomi Pearce | Sam Porritt | Richard Sides | Frances Scott | Christopher M. Smith | Jennifer Teets | Simon Werner | Ursula Wild | Angharad E.P Williams
This possibility is played out in Issue #19 of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel, The Sandman, as multiple worlds collide to witness William Shakespeare deliver the first performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Taking this graphic retelling as its starting point, the Woodmill has assembled a group of some 20 artists, writers and curators to produce a collaborative project at CGP and the surrounding park. This accumulative exhibition delivers a set of works formed by the group, drawing from their shared interests in the material, and augmented by a schedule of one-off outdoor events and performances.
Opening Night (05.07.13 / 18.30 - 20.30)
Opening of exhibition with new works by Sol Archer, Anna Bunting-Branch, Will Cenci, Beth Collar, Lawrence Leaman, Dean Kenning, Una Knox, Stuart Middleton, Laura Oldfield Ford, Naomi Pearce, Frances Scott, Richard Sides and Angharad E.P. Williams.
With performances by Beth Collar and Daniel Lichtman.
Goblin Mask Making (Workshop)
13.07.13 / 11.00 – 16.00
Led by Simon Werner and Will May-Robinson
Inspired by characters in William Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream, artists Simon Werner and Will May-Robinson lead a Goblin workshop open to all ages. Using plaster bandages and acrylic paint to create masks and claws, the finished Goblins will be hung in trees in and around the park, let loose to spy on unsuspecting visitors!
LAN Party (Event)
18.07.13 / 18.00 – 21.00
Christopher M. Smith
A ‘LAN Party’ is a gathering of people assembled together to publicly share the experience of multi-player computer gaming, where-by computers and monitors are networked together to create a temporary shared gaming hub. This event includes a live video introduction by Christopher M. Smith, exploring the history of LAN Parties and hopes to re-imagine gaming’s community potential (akin to ‘Arcades of the past) - a public expression of this otherwise hidden passion.
Park Acoustics (Event)
20.07.13 / 15.00 - 21.00
Park Acoustics will present a set of performances, lectures, temporary installations and video screenings. The event will include intimate performance by Italian percussionist Enrico Malatesta, a screening of Lance Wakeling's new travelogue / video essay - Ascent to the Sky, a lecture from the Goodiepal (or Gæoudji SYGNOK), a new installation by Mark Fell - recorded at the EMS studio, Stockholm, FM synthesis and Scottish Diss from Theo Burt, new music from woodwind traditions by Jan Hendrickse, subtle cymbal worship from Robert Lye, and an installation / performance by Richard Sides.
This will all take place in and around Southwark Park, and simultaneously with the Kittler Picnic.
For up to date info on the Park Acoustics event visit:
Kittler Picnic (Event)
20.07.13 / 16.00 – 18.00
Writing tools make communities possible.
The late theorist Fredrich Kittler wrote on machine determinism and its dominance over the way humans communicate and behave. If technology is not an extension of us, but we – instead – part of its autonomous evolution, what is the relationship between technology and society?
A group of artists and writers propose a picnic, a networked event that performs the distribution and digestion of knowledge. Circuits and systems of eating and communicating, recording and transcribing, are enacted in a public park. Thinking is translated into binary codes, appropriated, cooked and consumed.
Beth Collar / Annie Davey / Alastair Frazer / Charmian Griffin / Alice Hattrick / Stuart Middleton / Angharad Williams + more
Lawns and Hedges (Film screening)
23.07.13 / 19.00 - 21.00
‘To the Commissioners of Central Park:
I have planned purposely to effect a double object. Not only to give a pleasing landscape, but also an instructive one. For amusement and instruction combined, certainly intensify each other. I propose then to lay off the southern half of the park in a miniature representation of the continents of the earth.’
Entry submitted by Lewis Masquerier in the 1858 competition to design Central Park
Unfortunately, no one would ever get the pleasure to stroll through Masquerier’s vision for Central Park, as Frederick Law Olmstead’s proposal would be the winning one. Yet nevertheless his vision for a landscape that would promise both pleasure and instruction is very much in line with the history of garden architecture. From the gardens of the antiquity, to the French and English landscape gardens and the park designs of Frederick Law Olmsted and Walt Disney, nature has been used to choreograph our physical movements and emotional states. This screening looks at landscaping as a process of cultivation, one that creates sites suspended between exercised control and escapist diversion whilst offering the potential for political subversion.
Nature is featured here as a manicured stage set that guides and hosts the theatrics of the human condition. The environment is reconsidered not just as a dramatic backdrop that illustrates the psychological condition, but also as an active player in the sculpting of social unconscious. The individual films are entwined within a scroll of still vignettes, interlacing imagery and rhythm to mimic the peripatetic nature of human perception.
Deimantas Narkevicius, The Role of a Lifetime, 2003
Rosalind Nashashibi, Jack Straw’s Castle, 2009
Amy Granat, Landscape Film, 2009
Jessica Warboys, La Fôret de Fontainbleau, 2010
Julia Rometti and Victor Costales, Plantas Populares – Movimiento : Agitato, 2013
Programmed by Anna Gritz and Jennifer Teets in conjunction with South London Gallery.
Duckrabbit (Film Screening)
26.07.13 / 18.00 – 21.00 (Last Friday)
Selected by Patrick Goddard
Christian Bök / Beth Collar / Sophie von Cundale / Hilary Koob-Sassen / Pil and Galia Kollectiv / Nathaniel Mellors / Chris Morris / Daniel Shanken / Rehana Zaman
Forward to a white tantrum, a white magnum, a home for abandoned cats and gods. A Tia chi ice cream, a threat of meaning. - gulf stream, white wine witches, vandals, and computers with itches on their Cyborg phantom limbs. A dead dogs shinbone chiseled into a poking stick. And with the golden age in sight, (or at least in spitting distance), ketamine on biscuits and strictly organic shop lifters. Drifters mumbling - for want of better words - babbling, somewhere between a spell and a prayer. Vagabond vagrants looking in a dark room for a black cat which probably isn’t there. And with this spellbind words become blown air, ideas disintegrate into a cot death concept, flaccid as a summarised joke.
Image: Azael José María Franco Guerrero and one of its ‘living sculptures’ in Tulcán Cemetery, Ecuador
Preview: 05.07.13 / 18:30 - 20:30
Cafe Gallery, London
Southwark Park - London SE16 2UA