New Hayward exhibition asks Londoners to vacate the city for a day

Following hot on the heels the Barbican’s Digital Revolutions show, a new exhibition looks to show how contemporary art is responding to “the dilemmas, realities and consequences of living in a digital age.”

Anne Hardy Suite, 2012

Source: © the artist, 2014 Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Anne HardySuite, 2012

The artists in the show, entitled Mirrorcity, include collage-master, John Stezaker; Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost and LuckyPDF, which is creating a new work that addresses the difficulties of living in London, aiming to culminate in a campaign that asks people to “collectively vacate the city”.

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler – Hold Your Ground, 2012 video still

Source: courtesy waterside contemporary, London commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler – Hold Your Ground, 2012 video still

The exhibition, taking place at London’s Hayward Gallery, will show work by 20 artists working across video, sound, drawing, painting and performance art.

Etchell's map.
Etchells’ map.

Artist Tim Etchells has also created a wonderful map to promote the show, which is being distributed across London. However, it may not be too much use to those lost in the city: instead of place names, the map points out sites like “bedsit belonging to Patsy Kensit”, “Princess Diana pop up prison”, “holographic orphanage” and “mimes pretending to be heroin addicts”.

Laure Prouvost The Artist, 2010 installation view Frieze Art Fair, London

Source: courtesy of the artist and MOT International London & Brussels

Laure ProuvostThe Artist, 2010installation view Frieze Art Fair, London

The works in the show each examine how the way we look at the world has been irrevocably transformed with the advent of the internet. As such, many of the pieces explore the interplay between the physical and the digital. 

According to the Hayward, the exhibition also broadly looks at ideas about what “emotional, conceptual, physical tools” people are having to develop in the face of new technologies, and “new forms or new ways of using or inventing language”.

Susan Hiller Resounding (Infrared), 2013 Installation View at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Source: Photo credit Peter Dibdin

Susan HillerResounding (Infrared), 2013Installation View at Summerhall, Edinburgh

The Hayward Gallery says: “The artists penetrate alternative spaces where the imagined, the physical and the virtual meet or mirror each other.

“The engagement, innovation and complexity of the works selected for Mirrorcity also directly or indirectly reflect or mirror the multi-faceted character of London itself.”

Lindsay Seers Nowhere Less Now, 2012

Source: © the artist, 2014 Commissioned by Artangel; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Australia; S

Lindsay SeersNowhere Less Now, 2012

Mirrorcity runs from 14 October ­ 4 January 2015 at the Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX


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