Actions and Detail Panel
Belonging intimately to the background
Sat, May 6, 2017, 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM BST
The purpose of this exhibition is to present material belonging intimately to the background of anyone trying to look at things today. Nigel Henderson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alison and Peter Smithson, Parallel of Life and Art (ICA, 1953)
While documentary might be the practice of giving a shape to a document or a series of documents - of ordering the world in some way - the document is in a yet-to-be-ordered state ... Ben Highmore, Document-Time-Memory (Tate Liverpool, 2006)
Sitting Room present an afternoon of work and research into the documenting of common places. What does it mean to tell stories about commonly held places and experience, how can the document be read politically and poetically? The work discussed and presented today responds to these questions in different ways, documenting lullabies, eavesdroppings, bollards, habitats: responding in chorus, and without words. Film, panel discussion, performance. Supported by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
Ben Highmore, Holly Pester, Jake Auerbach, Tom Phillips, Maya Oppenheimer, Emilia Weber + Claire Healy.
20 Sites n Years, dir. Jake Auerbach
Every year on or around the same day (24th May – 2nd June) at the same time of day and from the same position a photograph is taken at each of the twenty locations. It is hoped that the process will be carried on into the future and beyond the deviser’s death for as long as the possibility of continuing and the will to undertake the task persist.
3pm - Q&A (Jake Auerbach & Tom Phillips - tbc)
4pm - Talks (Ben Highmore, Holly Pester, Maya Oppenheimer)
There They Carved A Space, Emilia Weber and Claire Healy
Provoked by the manner in which common land has been eroded by greed and profiteering, this piece investigates the relationship between architecture and politics, the privatization of space, and stories of eviction and protest.
Followed by Q&A with Emilia Weber and Claire Healy.