The Southampton Fringe is well and truly underway, with photography exhibitions from Associate Artists Kate Aries and Rachel Adams open as well as Catherine Wright and Laurence Weedy’s installation in East Park providing a bright addition to the city centre. This weekend 14-16 October promises lots of exciting events to see and workshops to get involved with as part of the Fringe, here’s our recommendations so you can make the most of your visit:
The Tardi(nes)s* by K6 Gallery
*Time and Relative Digression(s) in (never empty solitary) Space.
K6 Gallery is a unique exhibition space in the centre of Southampton. The space makes use of a pair of iconic grade II listed red phone boxes and runs four thought provoking exhibitions a year.
Based loosely on the concept of Doctor Who’s Tardis and Michel Foucault’s theories of ‘Heterotopia’, an idea that seeks to change spaces from their expected use to spaces of revolution and dynamism. On entering either phone box, you are confronted with a universe of stuff all of which is suspended in the dark void of space. Here the detritus of the streets, the ruins of the everyday float listless and absent-mindedly in a cosmos, with us at its centre. Exhibition runs from 14 October to 14 January.
I’m feeling so virtual I’m violent by HAHA Gallery
The world is falling apart! Post internet and post revelation, the gaze does not extend beyond individual channels, streams and networks. Lured into a false sense of progression, we stand still offline. Virtual spheres we had once hoped would facilitate radical behaviors gave us a platform to scream, but IRL silence reigns and we all get wet. So now we are wet and we are cold. Exposed without the protection of the fourth wall, we are all crippled by anxiety, sat at home with our mums, stymied, oppressed, depressed and stressed. Empowerment is not based in big data, freedom cannot be sought through capitalist structures; the Silicon Valley gatekeeper is not your friend. Defriend now.
Exhibition runs 15 October to 14 January.
HA HA Gallery is an artist-run space in Southampton, directed by Liv Fontaine and Jen Harris. Dedicated to working with unrepresented early career artists, HA HA provides a unique space offering an alternative platform for contemporary art in Southampton.
Resident by Roy Brown
Roy Brown will build a pavilion based on the virtual architecture of online gaming. The contents of the structure imply a narrative or point to a genre of fiction in much the same way that a collage works. This shift in the virtual and narrative to physical, sculptural and architectural creates a space for the audience to cognitively build their own concepts and ideas. Throughout the project there will be performances by the artist.
Brown’s work is influenced by societies and how they express themselves in fiction. His research into this area has been wide ranging, including ideas expressed through science fiction, architecture, alternative sub-cultures, history and folklore. He is fascinated by the way in which these ideas, while functioning successfully on a conceptual level, can fragment and fail when tested within the real world.
See event page for performance times.
ArtCarPark by ARTCARPARK
Originally devised by a group of artists in Bournemouth as ‘ArtParkSpace’, for BAS8 Fringe artists join together from Southampton and Bournemouth to create ArtCarPark; temporary art spaces using the portability and accessibility of vehicles, providing experimental and quirky spaces for exhibitions, screenings, interactive installations and sound works. Having the flexibility to turn up at any space at any time, the project transforms car parks, on-street parking bays and anywhere where parking is allowed, into instant, pop-up galleries. Come and see some weird stuff in Guildhall Square on 15 October 3-7pm.
Supported by BEAF Bournemouth Emerging Artists Fringe Leaders Estate Agent.
Already confirmed for ArtCarPark is Associate Artist Sarah Filmer with her project ‘700 Women’ and The Caravan Gallery with their nationally touring photography exhibition ‘Extra(ordinary) – Photographs of Britain’ as they look at Southampton and what makes it special to the people who live there.
Stuff of Life by Theatre Biscuit
In the back of the van there is just one box left. It’s a box full of stuff. Full of miscellaneous objects which tell a story, the story of two people moving to Southampton. Home to the Titanic…and IKEA. Meet the new neighbours in Guildhall Square in this performance piece by Associate Artist Rob Iliffe. Performance on Sat 15 Oct 2pm and 4pm, running time approx. 30 mins.
British Art Shoe – Art Walks the Streets by The Art House Cafe
The British Art Shoe is a DIY grassroots art project, open to ALL, as part of the BAS8 Southampton Fringe. This grassroots, guerilla art project will explore the theme of access to art and how to take art out into the community in a simple way which includes many people. Most people wear shoes and footwear has so many meanings in all cultures, from positive status symbols to a way of offering insult to somebody. Shoes represent the person that wears them, or the absence of that person. It represents the role of the person wearing them, too.
Taking part could not be easier:
1) Find a shoe
2) Make it into art in your own way – paint it, alter it, write on it, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination
3) Label the base with a printable label and (optional) QR code
4) Leave the Art Shoe in a public place for somebody else to find
5) Take a photo and upload it to social media using the hashtag #britishartshoe so that people can find your Art Shoe!
To connect on social media, use the hashtag #britishartshoe so that people can find and tweet/post about it when they find them.
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