POLITIKA launch: Art & the Affairs of the City – 19th September, Manchester
Along with Endless City, Mind on Fire and Onefiveeight, I’ll be providing a musical background to the launch of the POLITIKA exhibition at Upper Space this coming Friday. I’ll let the press release speak for itself below. Check the Facebook event out here.
Private View: 6pm – 8pm // Launch Event: 8pm – 12am
The Engine Room, Hope Mill. 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, M4 7JA
- The first chance to see provocative artworks by urban interventionist artists from nine different countries including previously unreleased works by major artists.
- The newly renovated grade 2 listed building hosting the exhibition is in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. Politika includes mixed media, digital, sculpture and visual art installations.
- A Samba band procession from Stevenson’s Square in the northern quarter to the gallery in Ancoats, arriving in time for the launch. Time TBC.
In the Bar:
- Select teas and cold coffees from Manchester’s own North Tea Power.
- A live installation by Manchester based artists Shift//Delete entitled ‘Molotov Cocktails?’. Come forth and consume specially commissioned alcoholic drinks laced with a dash of espionage. Prepared and served by our very own Sunny Wray.
- Local brews from Moss Cider, IPA and a range of other drinks available at affordable prices.
Music provided by Mind On Fire, OneFiveEight, Endless City & Groovement.
19 provocative artists from 9 different countries exhibit works as part of a diverse programme of free workshops, talks, screenings and live interventions.
The exhibition launches a new cultural space in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb.
Peter Kennard (UK) // Epos257 (CZ) // Ztohoven (CZ) // Chim-Pom (JP) // VOINA (RU) // Shift//Delete (UK) // Brandalism (UK+) // WochenKlausur (AT) // Bill Posters (UK) // Franck Allais (FR) // Leah Borromeo (UK) // Steve Lambert (US) // Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative (FI) // The Vacuum Cleaner (UK) // John Beieler (US) // Papas Fritas (CHI) // Tracey Moberly (UK) // Peter McCaughey (UK) // Ben Parry (UK) // Ed Hall (UK) + citizens of Manchester.
Manchester is where the world’s first manifestations of industrial Capitalism took shape. If the city is both the producer of citizenship and the generator of innovation, it is the soil in which democracy lives. Without the city and maximised exchanges, democracy loses strength to create potential futures.
Is there scope to generate another answer, another view, in order to sustain another ideology against consumerism and the disempowerment it represents? Politika presents opportunites for people to transform themselves from passive consumers into active participants – active citizens.
Politika sees a merging of the intersections between art, social justice and activism as artists and the citizens of Greater Manchester assert their right to the city.
The diverse program includes an exhibition of provocative art works, live urban interventions across the city, public workshops, talks, documentary screenings and debate to offer the public the opportunity to rethink the role of art and artist in contemporary society.
The exhibition is situated in a grade 2* listed cotton mill and launches a new contemporary cultural space – The Engine Room, in Ancoats – the world’s first industrial suburb.
Exhibition Opening: 8pm // Friday 19th September 2014
featuring DJs from OneFiveEight, Mind on Fire, Endless City and Groovement.
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