Ways of Looking & Performing – Visuality, Exploration & The Archive
Six-Week Art Course led by artist Helen Benigson
This short six-week course offers the opportunity to explore some of London’s most interesting current exhibitions and unpack some of the key themes in each show. No previous knowledge is required but arrive hungry to learn and discuss!
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£120 per person per course
£80 under 18’s and concessions
Thursday’s from 23rd May 10.30 – 12.30
Week One – Thursday 23rd May 10.30 – 12.30
Course Introduction & Dieter Roth ‘Diaries’ at Camden Arts Centre
This week we will explore ideas around the personal archive and memory. We will discuss the intimacy of ideas and recording through drawing and text.
Meeting Point: The Café at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London
Week Two – Thursday 30th May 10.30 – 12.30
Dancing Around Duchamp at The Barbican
This fabulous exhibition brings together an archive of dance and performance. “Exploring one of the most important chapters in the history of contemporary art, The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns focuses on Marcel Duchamp ’s American legacy, tracing his relationship to four great modern masters – composer, John Cage, choreographer, Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.”
Meeting Point: The Art Gallery, Barbican`
Week Three – Thursday 6th June 10.30 – 12.30
David Bowie at the V&A
This week we will look at the popular archive, in direct contrast to the deeply personal archive of Week One. We will explore colour, performance and look at more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.
Meeting Point: Outside the Bowie exhibition at the V&A
Week Four – Thursday 13th June 10.30 – 12.30
Falke Pisano ‘The Body in Crisis’ at The Showroom
This exhibition focuses us on a Collective Archive and the latest body of work by female artist Falke Pisano, The Body in Crisis. This body of work documents an ongoing investigation into the human body at historical moments of crisis. We will explore the female body in relation to identity, visuality and the historical archive.
Meeting Point: The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London
Week Five – Thursday 20th June 10.30 – 12.30
Mariana Castillo Deball at Chisenahale Gallery
In Week Five, we will visit What We Caught We Threw Away, What We didn’t Catch We Kept, the solo exhibition of Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball. This week we will scrutinise a different sort of collecting and archiving – that of a biography of objects and how they can explain a narrative.
Meeting Point: Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London
Week Six – Thursday 27th June 10.30 – 12.30
Rodney Graham at the Lisson Gallery
Our final week explores the “tableaux” and situates the digital archive within art history. We will explore performance within narrative and the idea of fictional biography.
Meeting Point: The Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street, London
image: Dieter Roth, diary