Seeing in the Dark (A Group Show)

Heather Phillipson, Benedict Drew, Rhodri Davies, Emma Hart, Guy Sherwin, Lynn Loo, Kevin Atherton, John Adams, Darren Banks, Jon Bewley, Ian Breakwell & Mike Leggett, Noel Clueit, David Critchley, Mat Fleming, Ken Gill, Richard Grayson, Tina Keane, John Kippin, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Stephen Partridge, Peter Todd, Maria Theodoraki, Cara Tolmie, Belinda Williams

19 October – 12 November 2011

Seeing in the Dark was an exhibition and series of events inspired by artist run groups from the 1970s and ’80s, such as Newcastle’s Ayton Basement and Basement Group, and London’s 2B Butler’s Wharf. These groups were formed by artists with diverse practices (music, performance, film and video) inhabiting vacant industrial spaces to produce opportunistic and eclectic events.

Over four weeks Seeing in the Dark occupied one floor of Curtis Mayfield House, a one-time industrial space a stone’s throw from the original Basement Group venue in Newcastle upon Tyne, to celebrate the influence and legacy of those artist-run spaces, extending this into the present with a contemporary focus. The exhibition revisited key works from the ’70s and ’80s by artists associated with those groups among others, alongside contemporary media and performance artists’ work, bringing together moving image and live performance by some of the most innovative artists working in the UK, from the past thirty years to the present day.

‘These are hybrid cross-disciplinary, sometimes collaborative works that reverberate with a spirit of playfully serious enquiry and exploration; they are often wry, humorous and irreverent, revelling in language and wordplay, realised through film, video, spoken word, musical performance and installation.’

Seeing in the Dark was curated by CIRCA Projects with Steven Ball. The exhibition was presented with the kind support of Locus+ Video documentation of selected performances can be viewed on CIRCA channel by following the links below.