‘The Sky in a Room’ is a twin installation exploring the theme of private/public space by taking the usual domestic setting out of its context. Harts Lane, the street outside of the gallery is transformed into a home complete with furniture, kitchen, living room, whilst the inside of the gallery is turned into a garden. The public and passers by are invited to be part of the event by spending time inside the ‘house’, or in the ‘garden’ to read, chat, drink coffee and let their guards down by allowing the unexpected to happen. Eighteen artists engage with the setting and its narrative in the form of happenings, video projections, objects and performances.
The project addresses the lack of outdoor public space to meet in New Cross by offering a playful platform for casual encounters and organic communication. The setting provides a domestic oasis to give back the borrowed time that we often operate from. It will lead to reconsidering our perception of space and architectural form by challenging the conventional inside/outside viewpoint and our concept of privacy.
By swapping the paradigms of indoor and outdoor, ‘The Sky in a Room’ questions the context of art in relation to space, and the gallery wall as the filter between art and non art. The value of art is the difference it makes to an individual or a group.
Curated by Cristiana Bottigella, Sigrun Sverrisdottir and Tisna Westerhof.
Assembly SE8 | Catherine Clover | Silvia Forese | Martin Grover | Rachael House | RUN Collective (Gabriella Catalano | Paolo Rosini | Elisa Soroga | Barkosina Hanusova) | Lauren Taylor | Paul Taylor | Paul Tecklenberg & Mikey Georgeson |
Tracey Smith | WhittyGordon Projects (Fiona Whitty | Jenny Gordon)
Harts Lane living room
Silvia Forese, 'The name of things' - Installation in progress | Saturday & Sunday, ongoing
Rachael House, 'Queering Harts Lane' - Performance| Saturday, 3pm
'Traume sind Schaume (Dreams are Foam)' - Dance choreography by Gabriella Catalano and Paolo Rosini
'Breakfast' - Installation/performance art by Elisa Soroga and Barkosina Hanusova
Saturday & Sunday, 4pm
Tracey Smith, 'This is my house, I live here and I intend to stay' - Performance| Saturday & Sunday, ongoing
Lauren Taylor, 'Still' - Paintings
WhittyGordon Projects, 'La Bouffe' - Showreel of short films | Saturday 6:30pm
Assembly SE8, 'Construct and Grow' - A natural construction game with living objects | Sunday (ongoing)
Catherine Clover, 'The Birds'- Sound installation
Silvia Forese, 'L'a.bi.ci.' - Video projection
Martin Grover, 'Life In The Bus Lane' - Screen prints and 3D pieces
Paul Taylor, 'Before Linnaeus - a Beginners guide to Horticulture' - Installation