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The Show will be Titled after its End

Athanasios Argianas, Steven Claydon, Kit Craig, Ruth Höflich, Oliver Robb, Martin Fletcher / Systems House, Nick Laessing, Rowena Hughes, Emily Wardill, Nathan Parker

27 November 2008—25 January 2009

The show will be titled after its end has been conceived by Athanasios Argianas.

The exhibition consists of a cycle of events in three parts and a full stop. Each part will comprise a performance and a relating series of work. Staged in one space, the exhibition functions as a unique event, introducing different timelines: some of the parts appear just once and are substituted by other works, while others are continuously tested when shown in a changing context.

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This consciously timed mechanism allows every single element to be linked with the next element but is at the same time consequential to its precedent. One space, one timeline, and a series of objects, alternate with one another to create an exhibition that is the representation of a palindrome solid. It can either be read from left to right or from right to left.

A performance takes place on the opening night triggering the surrounding group show. When there are props present, they become part of the show; when not, any remnants of the action stay for the duration of the cycle. During the two following weekends, the space will be open at the usual times featuring the exhibition.
The second performance inaugurates the succeeding cycle, which works around a similar structure as the previous one, but introduces new characters.
Finally, the third cycle will close the exhibition with a short opening, functioning as the ending of the progression, where the overall project will receive its title and allows one to restage the show backwards.

First cycle (27 November – 7 December): a performance by Steven Claydon alongside drawings displayed on a wooden support by Kit Craig and a Bedini machine (a free energy machine) by Nick Laessing.

Second cycle (11 December – 17 January): for the first night Nick Laessing’s Bedini machine will remain in the exhibition accompanied by a performance and a lecture. The performance will be a  dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini.  This will be followed by a lecture on ‘free energy’ held by Patrick J Kelly, a leading researcher in this field. Further, the space will comprise a series of prints by Ruth Höflich, a structure by Martin Fletcher / Systems House, a series of small paintings by Rowena Hughes and a heraldic sculpture by Oliver Robb.

Third cycle (23 January – 25 January): Oliver Robb’s piece will remain in the exhibition for the first night of the third cycle while Nathan Parker together with three drummers will perform from a half-transparent recording room filling up the box with black smoke. The remnants of the performance will become the structure on which a selection of films by Emily Wardill will be screened.

Full stop (25 January): Evolving from the third cycle the exhibition goes straight back to its beginning. During the late night opening, the Crystal Receiver For Friedrich Jurgenson (Athanasios Argianas & Nick Laessing) will be installed in FormContent’s storage space, fitting one or two visitors at a time. At this very end, the show will receive its title.

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Elephant Trust.

 

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FormContent: , Invite with a drawing by Athanasios Argianas

Invite with a drawing by Athanasios Argianas

FormContent: , Steven Claydon, The Fictional Pixel (DVD 13 mins 25 sec) and The Ancient Set (DVD 7 mins 56 sec). Courtesy: the artist and HOTEL

Steven Claydon, The Fictional Pixel (DVD 13 mins 25 sec) and The Ancient Set (DVD 7 mins 56 sec). Courtesy: the artist and HOTEL

FormContent: , Steven Claydon, The Fictional Pixel (DVD 13 mins 25 sec) and The Ancient Set (DVD 7 mins 56 sec). Courtesy: the artist and HOTEL

Steven Claydon, The Fictional Pixel (DVD 13 mins 25 sec) and The Ancient Set (DVD 7 mins 56 sec). Courtesy: the artist and HOTEL

FormContent: , Steven Claydon, The Fictional Pixel (DVD 13 mins 25 sec) and The Ancient Set (DVD 7 mins 56 sec). Courtesy: the artist and HOTEL

Steven Claydon, The Fictional Pixel (DVD 13 mins 25 sec) and The Ancient Set (DVD 7 mins 56 sec). Courtesy: the artist and HOTEL

FormContent: , Installation view (First cycle)

Installation view (First cycle)

FormContent: , Kit Craig, The Beetle in the Box (detail). Courtesy: the artist and Arcade

Kit Craig, The Beetle in the Box (detail). Courtesy: the artist and Arcade

FormContent: , Kit Craig, The Beetle in the Box (detail). Courtesy: the artist and Arcade

Kit Craig, The Beetle in the Box (detail). Courtesy: the artist and Arcade

FormContent: , Nick Laessing, The place of the material world in the universe is that of an exquisitely beautiful precipitate or varied cloud-work in the universal aether. Courtesy: the artist

Nick Laessing, The place of the material world in the universe is that of an exquisitely beautiful precipitate or varied cloud-work in the universal aether. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Nick Laessing, The place of the material world in the universe is that of an exquisitely beautiful precipitate or varied cloud-work in the universal aether (detail). Courtesy: the artist

Nick Laessing, The place of the material world in the universe is that of an exquisitely beautiful precipitate or varied cloud-work in the universal aether (detail). Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Nick Laessing, Images from the performance at FormContent (a  dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini)

Nick Laessing, Images from the performance at FormContent (a dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini)

FormContent: , Nick Laessing, Images from the performance at FormContent (a  dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini)

Nick Laessing, Images from the performance at FormContent (a dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini)

FormContent: , Nick Laessing, Images from the performance at FormContent (a  dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini)

Nick Laessing, Images from the performance at FormContent (a dramatisation of a radio interview with the inventor John Bedini)

FormContent: , Installation view (Second cycle)

Installation view (Second cycle)

FormContent: , Oliver Robb, Pocket Rocket (front) Politeness for Plebes (back). Courtesy: the artist

Oliver Robb, Pocket Rocket (front) Politeness for Plebes (back). Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Oliver Robb, Politeness for Plebes. Courtesy: the artist

Oliver Robb, Politeness for Plebes. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Oliver Robb, Pocket Rocket (front) Politeness for Plebes (back). Courtesy: the artist

Oliver Robb, Pocket Rocket (front) Politeness for Plebes (back). Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Rowena Hughes, Quasicrystal variations, acrylic on found book covers. Courtesy: the artist

Rowena Hughes, Quasicrystal variations, acrylic on found book covers. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Installation view, Ruth Höflich (collage, right) and Rowena Hughes (3 works on left)

Installation view, Ruth Höflich (collage, right) and Rowena Hughes (3 works on left)

FormContent: , Rowena Hughes, no title (circle), Acrylic on wood veneer. Courtesy: the artist

Rowena Hughes, no title (circle), Acrylic on wood veneer. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Rowena Hughes, Parallelogram series, Acrylic & ballpoint pen on wood veneer. Courtesy: the artist

Rowena Hughes, Parallelogram series, Acrylic & ballpoint pen on wood veneer. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Ruth Höflich, Flock. Courtesy: the artist

Ruth Höflich, Flock. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Martin Fletcher / Systems House, Acoustic Reflector Unit. Courtesy: the artist

Martin Fletcher / Systems House, Acoustic Reflector Unit. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Martin Fletcher / Systems House, Wall Mounted Receiver Unit (on the wall from left to right: III, II, V, VI and then IV). Courtesy: the artist

Martin Fletcher / Systems House, Wall Mounted Receiver Unit (on the wall from left to right: III, II, V, VI and then IV). Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Ruth Höflich, Installation view: Flock (screenprint), Paper Plane (wallpaper), Unfolding Breakers (video on monitor). Courtesy: the artist

Ruth Höflich, Installation view: Flock (screenprint), Paper Plane (wallpaper), Unfolding Breakers (video on monitor). Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Ruth Höflich, Flock. Courtesy: the artist

Ruth Höflich, Flock. Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Ruth Höflich, Installation view: Paper Plane (wallpaper), Unfolding Breakers (video on monitor). Courtesy: the artist

Ruth Höflich, Installation view: Paper Plane (wallpaper), Unfolding Breakers (video on monitor). Courtesy: the artist

FormContent: , Installation view (Second cycle)

Installation view (Second cycle)

FormContent: , Installation view (Second cycle)

Installation view (Second cycle)

FormContent: , Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

FormContent: , Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

FormContent: , Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

FormContent: , Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

Emily Wardill, Ben. Courtesy: Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner

FormContent: , Athanasios Argianas & Nick Laessing, Crystal Receiver For Friedrich Jurgenson. Courtesy: the artists

Athanasios Argianas & Nick Laessing, Crystal Receiver For Friedrich Jurgenson. Courtesy: the artists

FormContent: , Athanasios Argianas & Nick Laessing, Crystal Receiver For Friedrich Jurgenson. Courtesy: the artists

Athanasios Argianas & Nick Laessing, Crystal Receiver For Friedrich Jurgenson. Courtesy: the artists