24 Mar - 09 Apr 2009
24 March - 9 April 2009
Times: 12-6pm on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat. 3-9pm on Thu (not Sun/Mon)
This spring Victoria Miro collaborates with Siobhan Davies to present The Collection. For three weeks, performers and artists present specially commissioned dance and artworks at Victoria Miro Gallery in North London and Siobhan Davies Studios in South London.
The Collection is a series of ambitious collaborations that look at the interfaces of contemporary art and dance, where these worlds intersect and how they might inform one another. At the heart of the project is a mutual curiosity for potential exchanges across both art forms, and an exploration of the connections and disconnections within them.
The Collection will open two different but equally interesting architectural spaces to the public. Sitting atop a refurbished Victorian building, Victoria Miro 14 affords sweeping views of the city, with its minimalist sculptural form and soaring interior spaces. Climbing to the top of the building visitors will encounter a new work by Siobhan Davies created with Catherine Bennett, Matteo Fargion, Henry Montes, Deborah Saxon and Matthias Sperling. Presented as a series of succinct pieces of movement, physical imagery and sound the work is performed continuously for six hours each day. The dance is juxtaposed with Doldrum by the artist Anri Sala, which comprises a drum programmed to produce is own rhythm.
Siobhan Davies Studios' daring design was awarded a prestigious RIBA award in 2006. Usually occupied by dancers, for the duration of The Collection its architecturally impressive Roof Studio will house a new installation by Conrad Shawcross, Slow Arc Inside a Cube III. This work consists of a singular light source that is programmed to make random movements within a mesh cage, casting infinitely changing shadows across the Studio and creating limitless spatial distortions.
Located at Victoria Miro 16 is a group exhibition of works that allude to movement, repetition or a physical engagement with space. The artists presented here work across diverse media, from film and photography, to dance, painting, sculpture and sound. There will be several new comissions on view, including Lying in Wait, a triple screen film installation by Idris Khan and Sarah Warsop, an outdoor sound piece by Susan Philipsz and film by Alex Hartley. Works by Francis Alÿs Yayoi Kusama, Cildo Meireles, Roman Signer and Sarah Sze, offer varied and often subtle introductions to ideas around movement in visual artistic practice.