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”.
The exhibition, taking place at London’s Hayward Gallery, will show work by 20 artists working across video, sound, drawing, painting and performance art.
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”.
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”.
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.”
Mirrorcity runs from 14 October 4 January 2015 at the Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX