Thursday 30 November 2017 - Sunday 4 February, 2018.
Presenting the work of four international artists The Economy of Living Things draws upon fields of visual art, archaeology, music and literature to reveal an alternative map of modern migrations. The exhibition is concerned with the constant flow of bodies and the movements of plants, animals, artefacts and other cultural products found in everyday life. Composed as a series of four solo exhibitions, it takes as its point of departure the recording of lived experience and the state of human progress in the twenty-first century. It is through the lens of the present that artists frame their own subjectivity while considering the deepening relationships between memory and fiction, communities and civilisations, the dead and the living.
Thursday 23 November 2017 - Sunday 04 February, 2018.
Palestinian artist Jumana Manna (born in the United States in 1987) makes films and sculptures that explore the ways in which social, political, and interpersonal forms of power interact with the human body. Her films weave together fact and fiction, biographical and archival materials, to investigate constructions of national and historical narratives. Her sculptures, more abstract by comparison, take interest in the calcifications of memory, as represented by the artefact real or forged. In recent projects, Manna has used film and sculpture to recompose various archival materials that pertain to historical narratives of the Levant and northern Europe as separate and relational geographies. These works have explored the ways in which economic, political and interpersonal forms of power condition architectural sites as well as human and plant life.
Tuesday 17 October, 2017 - Sunday 21 January, 2018.
Steffani Jemison (born in Berkeley, United States, in 1981), who is based in New York, combines time-based media and discursive platforms to examine African-American culture. Interrogating the limitations of language, Jemison’s work resists the logic of conventional storytelling to expose the entanglements of time, history, and progress. The new commission she produced for the Satellite programme, Sensus Plenior (Latin for “fuller meaning”), considers the relationship between language, gesture, and song in black gospel pantomime, focusing on the work and ideas of Reverend Susan Webb and the Master Mime Ministry of Harlem. Through their elaborate and ecstatic choreography, the gospel mime performers draw on dual genealogies that can be traced both to the revolutionary mime artist Marcel Marceau and West African dance traditions.
Tuesday 13 June - Sunday 24 September 2017.
Making use of its immediate environment, the work of Oscar Murillo (born in La Paila, Colombia, in 1986) indexes the quotidian moments of life, drawing upon personal memories and experiences. Working across different media, Murillo’s practice combines painting, sculpture, and video to form intimate yet immersive installations. Today his work embraces a far-ranging practice that includes public interventions and performances, as well as community-based projects. Concepts are free to be transferred, distributed and repackaged through processes of exchange, collaboration and, most importantly, production. Influenced by non-Western practices of cultural consumption, his work encourages us to challenge forms of hegemony, while pointing towards alternative ways of being and living together.