Reading School of Art Studio 3 Exhibition at Space, London: #ThingsThatMatter


Things that matter

27th-28th November 2017

Opening: Monday 27th November 2017, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Tuesday opening hours: 9am – 5pm,

Space, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 3RH

#ThingsThatMatter (TTM) critically engages in the current sociopolitical environment. This show reflects the concerns of artists, who feel passionately about social events, political debates and environmental issues. Their responses to the global climate vary from poetic, illustrative and abstract, to statistical and activistic.

Specific interventions in TTM explore the rise of the internet and Social Media’s dynamic influence on our everyday lives, from our subjective identities to political campaigns. Distinct from the early ideologies of the internet, as a democratic space that could be populated by creative subjectivities, the World Wide Web within the contemporary context has conversely bound our politics and identities to social norms. The influence of Social Media is considered, in order to explore the gap that has been created between embodied self and digital avatar. Similarly, other works look into the exploitation of self on reality TV and how subjectivities are cultivated towards the programme’s agenda and general public’s tastes. This asks the question, how can we deploy this subjective gap differently that is currently exploited by corporate organisations and consumerist drives?

Despite the distancing mechanisms of Social Media, TTM brings together a collection of personal reflections that are experienced as a sensory encounter through sound, film, sculpture, texture, light, repetition and colour.


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