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|REVOLVER II Interventions | Craig Barnes, Peter Liversidge, James Coleman | 10 September–14 December 2014|
Centre For Remote Possibilities
For Revolver II Craig Barnes has created the Centre for Remote Possibilities, a temporary space in which he will host an intimate and informal series of talks, discussions, lectures, exhibitions, screenings and performances at 4pm every day during REVOLVER II Part Three: Perform* (19 November–14 December 2014).
A web cam in the space is on hand to document the ongoing activities from 12–6pm each day, witnessing the transformation of the space into a theatre of sorts where rehearsal, setting up and deconstruction of a performance can be observed on a personal level.
Live Event Programme
(all times 4pm unless stated)
RCA Visual Cultures
Keef Winter, Steve Ennis, Rory Phillips
Silent Citadel Jonathan Baldock & Rafal Zajko
38b presents Wonder Stories
Vladimir Putin, Master of Animals Jonathan Trayner
Every Spectator Is Either A Traitor Or A Coward
Visits to the Centre will take place for approximately 8 people at a time during gallery opening hours (last admission 5:45pm). Groups will be taken to the Futuro through the loading bay at Matt’s Gallery and will operate in a first-come first-served basis — timings subject to the live content.
The Centre for Remote Possibilities is an ongoing body of work and research, taking place in a 1972-built Futuro House that Barnes has restored and is now situated on the 5th floor roof of Matt's Gallery’s Copperfield Road site.
Framing London through its eighteen elliptical windows, the interior was initially empty aside from sound sculptures made in collaboration with MortonUnderwood that visitors could play with in Part Two. As the work unfolds in Part Three, the space will become a depository of ephemera associated with the activities and events that take place each day by a wide range of invited practitioners.
Participants will include Jefford Horrigan, Graham Fagen, Lindsay Seers, Jem Finer, Ansuman Biswas, Peter Liversidge, Daniel Kelly and many more, including Matt’s Gallery founder Robin Klassnik in conversation with artist Barnes and project architect Jason Pritchard of EdgeDesignWorkshop. All activities will be live streamed here.
This Futuro House is one of approximately only 80 manufactured worldwide. Conceived by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933 – 2013) as an easily transportable modular ski chalet made predominantly of fibreglass, its commercial appeal was hindered by the public’s reticence to exist in spaces without right angles, and the oil crisis of 1973 causing oil derivative prices to treble.
Prior to REVOLVER II, the last and only Futuro house to grace London’s skyline was aboard a ferry on the Thames in 1968 as part of houses’ launch at the FinnFocus trade exhibition. The Daily Mail wrote:
“This object, looking like everyone else’s idea of a flying saucer from outer Space, is the Finnish idea of a perfect weekend cottage.”
For more information on Barnes’ restoration of the Futuro House and future projects click here.
Peter Liversidge’s polymath approach to making artworks has resulted in a diverse body of work, which exists within the writing of Proposals.
The typewriter-typed Proposals create a framework within which realized works exist engaging; sculpture, painting, performance, installation, intervention, book works alongside proposed works which exist solely as typed ideas on A4 pieces of paper.
For Revolver II a single work is proposed. The Sign Paintings are black acrylic on cardboard, installed to the exterior of Matt’s Gallery. Part painting, part performance, part documentation, the text signs will evolve day and night, as the show unfolds from September to December.
James Coleman has exhibited in one-person and group exhibitions since 1970. Major solo exhibitions were held at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009), Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (2004-05), Whitechapel Gallery, London (1983), the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1999), Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1996), The Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1994-95), ICA, London (1986), and the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (1985). He was also included in several of the Documenta exhibitions, Kassel (1992,1997, 2002, 2007) and in ‘Between Cinema and a Hard Place’, Tate Modern, London, 2000.
The artist received both the Kurt-Schwitters Prize, Hannover, Germany and the Kunstpreis München in 2002.
James Coleman lives and works in Dublin and Paris.