Playing amongst the ruins brings together the work of twelve artists, investigating an expanded idea of architectural space in ways which are sometimes playful, sometimes subversive. Vito Acconci, John Bock, Gelatin, Sam Durant, Peter Halley, Anton Henning, Matthias Muller, Luisa Lambri, Sarah Morris, Martha Rosler, Silke Schatz, Mark Titchner.
The exhibition brings together the work of twelve artists,
investigating an expanded idea of architectural space in ways which are
sometimes playful, sometimes subversive.
Vito Acconci, John Bock, Gelatin, Sam Durant, Peter Halley, Anton Henning, Matthias MÃ¼ller, Luisa Lambri, Sarah Morris, Martha Rosler, Silke Schatz, Mark Titchner.
The exhibition includes work from the early 80s, recent work and new commissions. It will include the first showing in Europe of Collision House, one of Vito Acconciâ€™s mobile architectures from 1981. New commissions include a project by Austrian group gelatin and a wall painting by Mark Titchner.
Many of the works refer to architectural forms, engaging with shifting relationships between the body and architecture, between the city and the psyche. Prevalent throughout the exhibition is a concern with how cities and buildings affect us.
Cities are animated with new meanings. Urban structures are revisited through personal narratives. Childhood wallpapers are reconfigured. Architectural proposals are constructed from fabric and wire. Replicas of structures are burned and vandalised. Bodies are manipulated. Buildings are assembled.
From the ruins of existing structures, games of reconfiguration emerge, defying resolution or closure. The search for completion is abandoned and the play begins.
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Playing amongst the ruins will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue designed by Peter Willberg.
Related events: Vito Acconci will give two talks at Arnolfini in Bristol on 21st and 22nd February 2001 as part of the current exhibition Para-cities. For further information, contact Catriona Henderson, +44 (0)117 929 9191, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gelatin will give a talk at the Austrian Institute in London on 22 February, 2001. For further information contact Anthony Auerbach, +44 (0)20 7584 8653, http://www.austria.org.uk/art
Playing amongst the ruins is curated by final year students from the Royal College of Art MA curating course, Visual Arts Administration: Curating and Commissioning Contemporary Art.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7