An action, event or other thing that occurs or happens again
11 November - 23 December 2011
ATHANASIOS ARGIANAS, BRUCE ASBESTOS, ROBERT ASHLEY, RACHEL COLDICUTT, KATIE DAVIES, DANI GAL, YOUNG HAE CHANG, HEAVY INDUSTRIES, CANDICE JACOBS, SALLY O'REILLY, FRANCESCO PEDRAGLIO, MARK TITCHNER, JACK STRANGE, NAM JUNE PAIK, RUTH PROCTOR
An action, event or other thing that occurs or happens again looks at repetition as a tool for the manipulation and control of the masses, thinking about the relationship between repetition, sound and the image; how sound activates text and how the repetition of words, images and actions can create a sense of familiarity or a relationship with something.
Thinking of the television as a sound, image and text provider through its programming and advertising, and advertising and marketing as the manipulation of these subjects; repetition and repetitive techniques are employed to create structures and narratives that are key elements to the success of many sitcoms, TV programmes and magazines. This type of marketing strategy is able to draw in an audience and keep them there, transfixed.
Repetition is also a key element of many music genres; techno, trance, pop, electronica, drum & bass, house; is there a similar formal structure or strategy in place here? An established structure that has the power to control its audience?
This exhibition uses selected artworks, situations and conversations to understand some of these thoughts and ideas by providing a structure where the viewer is free to make their own connections between the works and the ideas within the project.
Trade Gallery have been working in collaboration with artist and producer of this project, Candice Jacobs to develop an exhibition within an exhibition alongside the main gallery at One Thoresby Street. Trade will be screening Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley.
Ashley is a distinguished figure in American contemporary music working in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projects. His recorded works are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting and are distinctly original in style, subject matter and use of language. Co- produced with Channel Four, in August 1983, Ashley’s opera for television is widely considered to be the pre-cursor of "music-television."
This project has been financially supported by the kind generosity of the Arts Council England