Nina Power

The Long Progress Bar @ Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Sep 9

6 September 2016

The Long Progress Bar, a one-day festival of talks, screenings, and musical performances at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre on September 8.

The so-called ‘Festival of Radical Imagination’ celebrates just that and explores new methods of empowerment, collective action and technological progress. This year the festival pays special attention to the “platforms, interfaces and resolutions needed to build a better future” and ask “a new generation of thought-provoking artists, activists and academics: what is progress?”. Hosted by author Warren Ellis, speakers include journalists Aimee Cliff and Ash Sarkar, artists Melika Ngombe Kolongo and Roger Hiorns, and philosopher Nina Power.

Screenings include ‘AS Chingy’ by Sam Rolfes, ‘Europa, Mon Amour’ by Lawrence Lek, ‘Finding Fanon Part Two’ by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, ‘Rigged’ by Kate Cooper, ‘The Sprawl (Propagadanda About Propaganda)’ by Metahaven, ‘The Suburbs Dream of Violence (Kingdom Come)’ by Gazelle Twin, and ‘Where Land Meets Sea’ by Embassy for the Displaced.

The festival ends with two live performances by Drill Folly and Ital Tek and DJ sets from GAIKA, Kolongo’s Nkisi music production project, and Yon Eta.

See the FB event page for more details.**

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Dorine van Meel, Disobedient Children (2015) exhibition photos

11 May 2016

Disobedient Children, a solo exhibition by Dorine van Meel at London’s Kunstraum gallery, ran from October 23 to December 19, 2015. Multiple screens and spoken fragments of sound play off each other to create an abstract narrative, all voiced by the artist with music and sound produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg.

The exhibition was accompanied by an evening of performative readings on November 29 by Maria Gorodeckaya, Megan Nolan, Naomi Pearce, Rianna Jade Parker (The Lonely Londoners) and Nina Power. Each artist responded to the theme of disobedience, further complicating the site of the sole protagonist.

Dorine van Meel, Disobedient Children (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy of Kunstraum, London.

Van Meel’s writing works its way between sculpture, installation and moving image. Focusing on architectural elements, screens hang in different angles and projections seep away from their original  frame. Digitally manipulated visuals create abstract landscapes and scenes connected by ‘chapters’.

The press release outlines some of the voices that resonate in the space, “An intimate dialogue at a wedding; the confessions of a young banker; hitchhikers at the gas station; a scene from an Antonioni film; a description of a Hillary Clinton clip on Youtube; Twitter feeds from UK’s prime minister”. Weaved throughout are recollections from the artist’s own memories and experiences. Disobedience finds its power in the moment of rupture, where overlap disintegrates common ideologies and patterned ways of thinking.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

Dorine van Meel’s Disobedient Children was on at London’s Kunstraum, running October 23 to December 19, 2015.

Header image: Dorine van Meel, Disobedient Children (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy Kunstraum, London.

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