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    Oreet Ashery: Revisiting Genesis at the Stanley Picker Gallery

    As a culmination of her Stanley Picker Fellowship research, Oreet Ashery presents Revisiting Genesis, a new major commission taking the form of a web-series in twelve episodes. Written and directed by the artist, Revisiting Genesis explores the philosophical, sociopolitical, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death and withdrawal, digital afterlives, outsider communities, social networks and reincarnations of women artists. With a new episode released weekly, the online narrative unfolds in parallel to Ashery’s exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, which transforms the space into an interactive, social environment inspired by local community centres. The display also includes Black Orchid (1956), a bronze sculpture by artist Dora Gordine, presented with its original plinth, which evokes Ashery’s fascination with the life of the artist.

    Revisiting Genesis follows two nurses, both named Jackie, who assist people actively preparing for death to create biographical slideshows serving as their posthumous digital legacy. The slideshows become a tool for reflection on cultural and social loss, friendships and memory as identity. When a group of friends request this treatment for Genesis – an artist who is dying symbolically and otherwise – Nurse Jackie attempts to activate Genesis’ memory through the making of her slideshow, which draws from elements of Ashery’s own autobiography and explores the disappearance of social and educational structures under contemporary neoliberalism. Jackie concludes that it might not be Genesis who is vanishing, but the structures she had relied upon. Presented in parallel with Genesis’ story, the twelve episodes are intercut with improvised interviews between individuals with life-limiting conditions and Nurse Jackie, played here by a practising GP.

    Developed in consultation with Medical and Death Online experts, including researchers at Kingston University, and produced with a range of artistic collaborators, Revisiting
    Genesis responds to diverse influences spanning from feminist art practice to outsider and minority politics, as well as the emergent online death industry.

    Oreet Ashery is a UK-based interdisciplinary artist whose politically charged and socially engaged practice includes exhibitions, performances, videos and writings, in an international and local context, that explore issues of gender materiality, potential communities and biopolitics. Recent presentations include Fig.2 (ICA, London 2015), Animal with a Language (waterside contemporary, London 2014), The World is Flooding (Tate Modern, London 2014) and Party for Freedom (Artangel 2012-13). A current Stanley Picker Fellow in Fine Art at Kingston University, Ashery is represented by waterside contemporary.

    Revisiting Genesis is commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University and supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London and waterside contemporary.

    EPISODE RELEASE SCHEDULE

    Showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery and online:

    13 April
    Episode 1
    Episode 2

    17 April
    Episode 3

    24 April
    Episode 4

    1 May
    Episode 5

    8 May
    Episode 6

    15 May
    Episode 7

    22 May
    Episode 8

    29 May
    Episode 9

    5 June
    Episode 10
    Episode 11

    12 June
    Episode 12

    Visit www.stanleypickergallery.org  for more information.

     

    mould-perceptionsNinela Ivanova will be exhibiting her work at the Weareable Fashiontech Festival in Paris between 9–14 February 2016. Ninela was invited to exhibit as it directly links to the theme of her PhD in design research. Fungi was the focus of a pilot in her research, which then moved on to broadly explore the potential of the t-shirt.

    Intersecting fashion, materials and sensory experience, researching the t-shirt has enabled understanding and engagement with novel and challenging concepts.

    Ninela is now working with a neuroscientist and expanding the potential of the t-shirt to actively engage individuals and groups with the concept of brain plasticity.

    Find out more at www.weareable-awards.com.

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    Stanley Picker Fellowship Commission

    Join the core cast in the filming of a party held for Genesis, the main character in Oreet Ashery’s Stanley Picker Fellowship film Revisiting Genesis. Dress casual, no jeans or black clothing. Please bring a packet of crisps or sweets. Pets Welcome!

    Staged with a participating audience, artist Oreet Ashery films her Stanley Picker Fellowship project Revisiting Genesis, a web series looking at the processes of dying, digital afterlife and legacy, outsider communities, friendships and reincarnations of women artists. Premiering in a solo exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery in spring 2016, and released simultaneously online, Revisiting Genesis features a nurse who creates biographical slideshows for those actively preparing for death and Genesis, an artist in need of a slideshow.

    Revisiting Genesis is supported by The Wellcome Trust, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema and waterside contemporary.

    Doors 6.30pm / All Welcome

    Image: Revisitng Genesis Film Still. Courtesy the Artist. photo: Ben Davis

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    Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, London will launch their report, “The Arcadian Thames: planning policy ignored? Has the tide gone out for protection of this historic landscape?” at Kingston University’s Knights Park Campus on Wednesday 25 November, 4pm-6pm.

    Speakers will include Jason Debney from the Thames Landscape Strategy Partnership, Pat Brown, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University and Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE London.

    If you are interested in this event please contact: Alice Roberts, Green Spaces Officer, CPRE London – alice@cprelondon.org.uk

    Kingston University
    Knights Park Campus
    Kingston upon Thames
    KT1 2QJ

    Find out more about Architecture & Landscape by visiting the School’s website.