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Friday, 15 November 2013

The Moving Museum // Open Heart Surgery // until 15 December 2013 – Free = The Strand WC2R

James Balmforth
The Beauty Yet To Come
Stainless and mild steel, motor, cerium oxide, 
water, granite and semi precious rocks
105 x 63 x 154 cm (41 x 24 3⁄4 x 60 3⁄4 ins)

13 nov 13 = after the Punk exhibition in Knightsbridge (see previous post), I carried on my journey on the 9 bus to the Strand. The artist I met in Hakney Wicked (see post 17 Aug) Jim Woodall - and who introduced me to BRiAN WHAR (see post 16 Sept ) - told me to go, so I went. 180 The Strand is an immense space with uneven floor that never seems to end. Out of the 31 artists represented, I have picked up three who particularly impressed me amongst others = Hanna Perry’s multi-media part-sculpture, part-intervention - found materials such as film footage, audio clips, images and objects... references in our hyper technological society; Broomberg & Chanarin’s photography focusing on the ways in which the media disseminates images of war and the relationship between documentary and constructed images; James Balmforth’s sculptures as self-defeating monuments, icons of failure - an exploration of dynamic instabilities and vulnerabilities in a material’s life...
But there are thousands of sq/mt to “tourist” around and it’s definitely worth taking a few hours off work =

Below is the MM manifesto with ICA involvement =


Fresh from its acclaimed launch in Dubai, The Moving Musuem arrives in London this October during Frieze Art Fair with a brand new exhibition exploring London’s most urgent voices, bringing together solo presentations from 31 artists and more than 200 multi media artworks. The Moving Museum will be working in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory @ 180 The Strand, a new Media Complex in a recently unveiled 40,000 sq ft space within the sprawling Brutalist building, 180 The Strand.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full two-month long programme of events in partnership with local
not-for-profits including the ICA, artist led workshops and performances. Open Heart Surgery offers international and local audiences a sweeping snapshot of art in London now, featuring important emerging and established artists. Artists participating = Sam Austen, James Balmforth, Charlie Billingham, James Bridle, Broomberg and Chanarin, Stefan Bruggemann, James Capper, Shezad Dawood, Tomas Downes, Cecile B Evans, Adham Faramawy, Jess Flood-Paddock, Joe Frazer, Alistair Frost, Nicholas Hatfull, Gabriel Hartley, Celia Hempton, Marco Palmieri, Lucky PDF, Peles Empire, Florence Peake, Hannah Perry, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Mary Ramsden, Samara Scott, Tai Shani, Matthew Smith, Soheila Sokhanvari, Marianne Spurr, Clunie Reid, Jesse Wine

Drawing inspiration from one of the most diverse and provocative centres of cultural activity in the world, Open Heart Surgery features a full range of artistic practices and media, most of which have been specially commissioned by The Moving Museum, including painting, sculpture, multimedia, large scale installation, video, performance, and interactive audience based artworks.

Co-Founder Simon Sakhai explains; “Using a unique collaborative curatorial model, we conducted intensive research over the last year to develop a list of artists alongside local artists, curators, and independent spaces. With an initial list of approximately 250 artists and six months of in-depth studio visits, we uncovered a distinct community of artistic voices that are developing the city’s cultural landscape and laying the groundwork for its future. Working with the artists one on one, we’ve produced 31 separate solo presentations without ever suggesting a theme or direction.

The resulting exhibition features projects as diverse as James Bridle’s Render Ghost squatter flags installed along the exterior of the building overlooking The Strand, Matthew Smith’s platform shoe making and cat walking classes in his Glam Rock Bog (a repurposed toilet within the exhibition space) and LuckyPDF’s interactive history of the South London art scene that includes interviews with key figures within the community, collaborative architectural models approximating a 3D memory map, a library and lounge within the exhibition space, and an open Wiki for the public to contribute.

Co-Founder Aya Mousawi continues; “As a non-collecting organization, our resources are dedicated to our dynamic exhibitions, public programme, and special commissions. Alongside this and as part of our roving outreach strategy, we have scheduled separate talks, workshops, performances, and a series of Moving Museum Salons in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (ICA), most of which are artist led and an extension of the exhibitions programme itself. In this way, the exhibition will not just be a repository of objects, but a laboratory for active experimentation where artworks and ideas are constantly produced.

The Moving Museum has also produced a comprehensive 300 page publication with newly commissioned essays, a chapter on each artist, and a series of interviews between all participating artists with each other.


The Moving Museum will run a full programme of talks, salons, performances, workshops and interventions alongside the exhibition, providing a space for mediating a deeper knowledge and understanding of the artists’ work. In partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Moving Museum will run four Friday Salons at both the ICA and The Moving Museum’s Strand venue. The artist-led salons include discussions on technological performance, production methods, funding strategies for artists and aftermath of the 2011 student protests.
Until 15 December 2013 – Free - General enquiries: - - @themovingmuseum

The Moving Museum runs a travelling programme of contemporary art exhibitions in different cities across the world. The programme aims to support and present a selection of the most innovative artistic voices whose works are shaping contemporary art and developing its future, taking knowledge and new ideas on a travel itinerary that follows significant art world events. This approach responds directly to the global nature of the contemporary art world today; its museum standard production, educational programming, in depth publications, and network of international curatorial advisors takes the defining elements of the museum on the road and into the 21st century.

The Moving Museum’s launched in Dubai March-May 2013 with a show titled Tectonic, which featured over 300 works and 24 International artists including Jeremy Deller, Michael Rakowitz, Tom Sachs, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Haroon Mirza. The exhibition also hosted a comprehensive education programme partnering with Dubai’s primary non-profit spaces as well as The British Council. Tectonic also commissioned a work by Michael Rakowitz, Dar Al Sulh, which became the first Iraqi-Jewish restaurant in the Arab world in over half a century.

180 The Strand will be a new platform to house all creative industries. Representing a new wave of creative collaboration, it will provide space for the most exciting, innovative brands and visionary talents to co-exist and harness inspiration.

180 The Strand is modern, dynamic and stands at the crossroads of Art, Fashion, Film & TV, Food, Music, New Media, Publishing and Design. It also works as an incubator that nurtures emerging talents from the next generation. The Vinyl Factory will be working alongside 180 The Strand to offer cutting edge facilities and state of the art technologies for all major and pioneering creative fields. It is a dynamic environment with impressive exhibition and catwalk spaces, photographic, recording, and film studios with revolutionary broadcast and editing facilities, and luxurious screening and cinema theatres.

The ICA The ICA supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors.

Founded in 1946 by a group of artists and critics including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson and Herbert Read, the ICA continues to support artists in showing and exploring their work, often as it emerges and before others. The ICA welcomes over 400,000 visitors a year to its home on The Mall in the heart of London. The Director of the ICA is writer and curator Gregor Muir, author of Lucky Kunst.

The London Moving Museum – free – till 15 Decembre – Tuesday to Sunday – 11am-6pm. 180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA

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