25 November—02 December 2013
Almanac is pleased to present Cramming, a performative exhibition by Jenny Moore. In a large warehouse space behind the gallery, the artist has created an installation out of a number of formal and informal gestures. Pop problems, in short.
The works themselves play with the notion of the platform, as a physical object that can guide movement, provide a point of visual focus, but also take up space in specific ways. A series of large-scale works on paper punctuates the visitors’ navigation through the space and operate in between the parameters of sculpture, painting and theatre, as well as the aesthetics of social movements.
With a series of works in moving image, the stage is set for an uncomfortable object, which all the same is precisely where it should be. Subverting a sense of fixed distance, the audience is invited not only to navigation through the space, but is also confronted with different wavelengths of the personal that combine voyeurism, fan culture and activism.
Investigating the performativity of everyday social interactions, the artist uses assumed modes of speech and unconscious gestures as material for generative production. Treating the labour of misunderstandings, expectations, choices and implicit meanings with an equal sincerity, a space is mapped out where the formation of fragile manifestoes for new and rediscovered commonalities can take place.
As an accompaniment (in the musical sense and that of speech) to the exhibition, the artist has conceived a performance event around the practice of Talking. On the 29th of November, Kate Hawkins, Fay Nicolson with Rose O’Gallivan and Holly Antrum, Jenny Moore and Sian Robinson Davies will perform in the space of the exhibition.
Jenny Moore is a Canadian artist and musician, and performs frequently with artist Simon Clark and the collective Gandt.
"Ladies & Gentlemen, this is one of your favourite songs," Joan Armatrading, 1979.
"Nothing in this book is true. Live by the *foma* (harmless untruths) that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy" The Book of Bokonon* 1:5
"It's a matter of adjectives. Its where the stress falls." Susan Sontag, 2002.
This exhibition forms a part of The Immaterial Almanac, a series of collaborative projects and solo exhibitions with emerging artists who have made performance and labour part of their practice in experimental ways.
Centred on the possibilities for resistance stemming from the increasingly flexible, fluid and invisible ways of working and producing, the project engages with immaterial labour’s influence on the way we interact, learn and create value.
The Immaterial Almanac is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
29 November, 7.30–9 pm
An evening of performances around the subject of 'talking', organised by Jenny Moore.
Performances by: Kate Hawkins, Fay Nicolson (with Holly Antrum and Rose O'Gallivan), Jenny Moore, Sian Robinson Davies.