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.