Mynd – Being Boring

BEING BORING

BEING BORING – Gareth Bell-Jones og Gemma Lloyd

OPINN FYRIRLESTUR Í MYNDLISTARDEILD

Sýningarstjórarnir Gareth Bell-Jones og Gemma Lloyd halda opinn fyrirlestur um sýninguna  Being Boring á föstudaginn, 8. apríl, kl 13.00 í fyrirlestrarsal myndlistardeildar að Laugarnesvegi 91.

Gareth og Gemma starfa sem sýningarstjórar í London og hafa bæði víðtæka reynslu af sýningarverkefnum og útgáfu. Þau eru hér á landi í tenglsum við sýningu sína Being Boring sem opnar í Núllinu eitt af sýningarýmum Nýlistasafnsins Bankastræti 0, sama dag og fyrirlesturinn fer fram, föstudaginn 8. apríl kl. 18.

Í umfjöllun um viðfangsefni sýningarinnar Being boring segir m.a.

„Being Boring er sýning um leiða; tilfinningalegt ástand sem er svo kunnuglegt og virðist svo lítils virði að okkur hættir til að líta fram hjá því án frekari umhugsunar. Heiti sýningarinnar á rætur í lagi Pet Shop Boys frá árinu 1990, en textinn við lagið er fenginn úr ritgerð Zeldu Fitzgerald, Eulogy on the Flapper (Lofræða um framhleypnu stúlkuna): ,,Hún hafnaði því að láta sér leiðast, aðallega vegna þess að hún var ekki leiðinleg”. Með sýningunni víkjum við frá afstöðu Fitzgerald og leggjum til að líta megi á leiðindi, eða viðbrögð við leiðindum, sem meginhugsun í skapandi listum og hvata til sköpunar. Á tímum stöðugrar tækniþróunar tilheyra mörg okkar samfélögum sem verða fyrir sífelldu áreiti; menningu þar sem sífellt er ýtt undir tilvistarleg leiðindi án þess að við finnum endilega til leiða. Á sýningunni eru verk eftir John Baldessari, Phil Coy, Lucy Clout, Emma Hart, William Hunt, Sam Porritt og Peter Wächtler. Sýningin sameinar listamenn sem rannsaka þetta flókna tilfinningalega ástand og kanna ólíkar nálganir og viðbrögð við leiða.“

Fyrirlesturinn fer fram á ensku og eru allir velkomnir á meðan húsrúm leyfir.

Opnir fyrirlestrar í myndlistardeild

Á ári hverju heldur fjöldi lista- og fræðimanna erindi um verk sín og hugmyndir á fyrirlestrum í myndlistardeild. Fyrirlestrarnir eru opnir almenningi og er ætlað að kynna margþætt viðfangsefni úr heimi lista og samtímamenningar og hvetja til umræðu um þau. Fyrirlestrarnir eru mikilvægur þáttur í starfsemi deildarinnar og eru ætlaðir til að efla tengsl milli nemenda og starfandi lista- og fræðimanna.

Fyrirlestrar í myndlistardeild fara fram í fyrirlestrarsalnum að Laugarnesvegi 91. Þeir eru opnir almenningi og er aðgangur ókeypis.

Sjá nánar um sýningarstjórana og efni fyrirlestursins á ensku hér neðar.

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BEING BORING – Gareth Bell-Jones and Gemma Lloyd

OPEN LECTURE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ART

On Friday the 8th of april at 1 pm an open lecture by London-based curators Gareth Bell-Jones and Gemma Lloyd, will be held at the Department of Fine Art, Laugarnesvegur 91.

Gareth and Gemma are London based curators that both have over a decade of experience in exhibition-making and publications.  They are currently in Iceland for the opening of the exhibition Being Boring at Nýló’s project space Núllið Friday 8th of April at 6 pm in Bankastræti 0.

For this lecture Gareth and Gemma will introduce their own practices and present research into boredom and their forthcoming exhibition Being Boring.

„Being Boring is an exhibition about boredom; an emotional state that is so familiar and so seemingly without value, that we tend to be dismissive of it without further consideration. The title for this project comes from a 1990 song by the Pet Shop Boys, which was in turn inspired by a quote from Zelda Fitzgerald’s 1922 essay Eulogy on the Flapper: ‘She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring’. In this exhibition we diverge from Fitzgerald’s off-hand take and suggest boredom, or a response to boredom, is central in the creative act and impulse to create. Due to advances in digital technology, many of us belong to a society in a constant state of distraction; a culture where the state of existential boredom has been accelerated without us necessarily feeling bored. Including work by John Baldessari, Phil Coy, Lucy Clout, Emma Hart, William Hunt, Sam Porritt and Peter Wächtler, this exhibition brings together artists exploring different approaches and responses to boredom in their work and examines this deceptively complex emotional state.“

Gareth Bell-Jones (b. 1982) is a London based independent curator and writer, currently curator/director of Flat Time House, a gallery and archive in the former home of post-war conceptual artist John Latham. He has over a decade of experience in curating and for four and a half years to 2014 worked as a programme curator for Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, where he has curated residencies, exhibitions, retreats, events, publications and an annual music festival with artists such as Ed Atkins, Michael Dean, Gustav Metzger, Elizabeth Price, James Richards and Cally Spooner to name a few. In 2013 he commissioned Keren Cytter’s first immersive performance piece ‘Vociferous’, a large-scale collaboration with industrial dancehall band Maria and The Mirrors, which toured to ICA London and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. From 2010-14 he was a regular visiting tutor to the Royal College of Art, Curating Contemporary Art Department. He has recently written catalogue texts for artists including Laure Prouvost, Marlie Mul, Barbara Visser and Agata Madejska.

Gemma Lloyd (b.1981) is a London based curator with over a decade of experience in exhibition-making, publications and catalogues, artist residencies and public events. In addition to her collaborative projects with Gareth Bell-Jones she is currently working on a London-wide series of public art commissions along the River Thames; an exhibition titled The Sea at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull in 2017; archival work for the British artists Alison Wilding and Tess Jaray; and continues to be an English language editor for the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.

She was previously Deputy Director at PEER; an independent visual arts organisation based in London that commissions work for the gallery and public realm.  Prior to this in her roles at Invisible Dust and the RSA she developed and managed high profile partnerships between international specialists in a variety of disciplines working with artists engaged in issues around environmental sciences and ecology. She completed a BA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (2003) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London (2010).

The Open Noon lectures at the IAA are free of charge and open to all.  The lecture by Gareth Bell-Jones and Gemma Lloyd will be held in English.

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