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Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances

Feiko Beckers, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Jacopo Miliani, Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, Rehana Zaman
14 November - 20 December 2014
Curated in collaboration with Borbála Soós

Events

Thursday, 13 November, 7 to 9pm
PV and performance by Feiko Beckers 'The Exact Opposite of the Exact Opposite'

Wednesday, 3 December, 7 to 9pm
Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Rehana Zaman in conversation. Chaired by Louise Shelley. Event takes place at Tenderbooks.

Tuesday, 9 December, 7 to 9pm
Jacopo Miliani 'Club Deserto: a Polari Drama in Three Acts', book launch at Tenderbooks.

The exhibition considers artworks that use the structure of the stage and certain conventions of scriptwriting as a framework for investigations into relationships, social interactions, and political ecologies. Taking theatre as an open ended process with its multiple contexts and references, the exhibition acts as catalyst for performances, screenings, talks and other forms of engagement.
Rehana Zaman, Like an Iron Maiden Trapped Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Rehana Zaman, Iron Maiden (Ambridge). Tenderpixel.
Theatre, performance and dance often crosses over to the medium of fine art when creating new strategies. This exchange is mutual when exhibitions and artists build on the ideas of post-Brechtian and post-dramatic theatre. Each artist in the exhibition employs a wide variety of tactics, developed in genres such as stand up comedy, political theatre or psychodrama. Investigating everyday life situations through a level of abstraction, the works seek alternative models for narration and to describe relations between the individual and society.
Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances.
Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, The Conquest of Gravity as Such. Tenderpixel.
Combined with ideas stemming from the social sphere such as ecological protests and utopian scientific experiments, this project takes an approach that links to current theoretical developments in the areas of cultural identity, models for communities and social and political activism. To provide multiple entry points to the project, the glossary serves to introduce further ideas and notions that inspired our discussions and informed the artists’ processes to inquire into human agency.
* Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances is the title of a video installation by Anja Kirschner and David Panos, exploring the acting exercises developed by renowned actor and teacher Sanford Meisner.
Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, The Conquest of Gravity as Such. Tenderpixel.
Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, The Conquest of Gravity as Such. (detail.)
Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, The Conquest of Gravity as Such. Tenderpixel.
Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, The Conquest of Gravity as Such. (detail) Tenderpixel.
Jacopo Miliani, Folding Characters. Tenderpixel.
Jacopo Miliani, Folding Characters. Tenderpixel.
Jacopo Miliani, Folding Characters. Tenderpixel.
Jacopo Miliani, Folding Characters. Tenderpixel.
Jacopo Miliani, Folding Characters. Tenderpixel.
Feiko Beckers, The Exact Opposite of the Exact Opposite. Tenderpixel.
Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Uncanny Valley. Installation view. Photo by Original&theCopy. Courtesy of the artists, Hollybush Gardens and Tenderpixel.
Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Uncanny Valley. Installation view. Courtesy of Hollybush Gardens and Tenderpixel.
Exhibition handout, designed by Rowena Harris for Tenderpixel



Anja Kirschner (b 1977 Munich, DE) and David Panos (b 1971 Athens GR) are based in London. Screenings include Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances / Uncanny Valley, Cornerhouse, Manchester UK (2014); Artists Film Club, ICA, London; Ultimate Substance, 4th Athens Biennial GR; A Theatre Cycle, Nomas Foundation and Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome IT (all 2013). Among their solo exhibitions Ultimate Substance, B3, Biennale des bewegten Bildes 2013, Frankfurt am Main DE; Ultimate Substance, Extra City, Antwerp BE (2013); Ultimate Substance, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, DE; Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Liverpool UK;living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, Transmission, Glasgow UK; Ultimate Substance, Secession, Vienna AT (all 2012) living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, Hollybush Gardens, London; The Empty Plan, Focal Point Gallery, Southend UK; Curated by: The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Galerie Krobath, Vienna AT; and The Empty Plan, Kunsthall Oslo NO (all 2011). Selected group exhibitions include A Machine Desires Instructions as a Garden Desires Discipline, MARCO, Vigo ES and FRAC Lorraine FR (2014); Requiem for a Bank, HMKV, Dortmund DE; The Magic of the State, Lisson Gallery, London and Beirut, Cairo EG; HELL AS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris FR (all 2013) and Bachelor Party, ICA, Philadelphia US (2012). 

Feiko Beckers (b 1983, The Netherlands) graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen in 2006 and he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam NL in 2010-11. In 2013 he was an artist in residence at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo in Paris FR.Solo presentations include Liste18, Basel CH with Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art; Slow and Gradual, Meet Factory, Prague CZ; My Rock is Also Your Thing, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam NL (all 2013); The Arranging of Books by Colour, deServiceGarage, Amsterdam NL (2012) andMaking a Birthday Cake with my Mother, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam NL (2011). Recent group exhibitions and performances include Deadpan and Disco, Centrale Fies, Dro IT (2014); Narcissistic Tendencies, NEST, Den Haag NL; Accident with Red Car, Art13, London with Yeo Workshop, Singapore; Apathy is Not My Friend, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne AU; Educating Artists? GNYP Art/KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin DE; Nouvelle Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris FR (all 2013); Accident with Red Car and 5x3, Kunstraum, Düsseldorf DE; A Story About My Fathers Heart Attack... STUK, Leuven BE; Advantages and Disadvantages, Witte de With, Rotterdam NL; Deus ex Machina, De Appel, Amsterdam NL (all 2012) and Three Options, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam NL (2011).

Jacopo Miliani (b 1979 Florence, IT), lives and works in Milan, studied BA Disciplines of Art D.A.M.S, University of Bologna IT, 2003 and completed his MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London in 2006. Among his solo exhibitions are Gust, Bergamo IT; Easy as…or simple as, Frutta, Rome IT; Go go my dancer, move your arms and feet until the floor ends, Velan Centre for Contemporary Art, Turin IT and Knowledge is good, Videoteca GAM, Turin IT (all 2013); Do you believe in mirages? EX3, Florence IT andPlaymakesplay, Frutta, Rome IT (both 2012). Recent group exhibitions and performances include Score, MARCO, Vigo ES;FAX, KARST, Plymouth UK (2014); Fig.5, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Footnotes, CAC, Vilnius LT (both 2013); We will disappear you, curated by Adam Carr, Frutta, Rome IT;Supplica per un’appendice, Villa Romana, Florence IT; In the Belly of the Whale (ACT III), curated by Rosie Cooper and Ariella Yedgar, Montehermoso, Victoria-Gasteiz ES (all 2012); In the Belly of the Whale, Cartel, London (2011); Childhood night, Barbican Gallery, London and Perfect Courses and Shimmering Obstacles, Tate Britain, London (both 2010).

Rehana Zaman (b 1982, Heckmondwike, UK), lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and completed her MFA in Fine Art at the same place in 2011. She was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2017; a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City in 2015 and a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut in 2013. Zaman was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012/2013. She is a lecturer on the BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include CCA Glasgow (2018); Tell me the story Of all these things, Tenderpixel, London UK (2016/2017); Material Art Fair IV with Syndicate, Mexico City MX (2017); Giantess, StudioRCA, London UK (2016); Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, commissioned by The Tetley, Leeds UK (2014); I, I, I, I and I, Art Rotterdam Projections NL with Tenderpixel (2014); What an Artist Dies in Me / Exit the Emperor Nero, Outpost, Norwich UK (2013) and I, I, I, I and I, commissioned by Studio Voltaire, London UK (2013). Upcoming and recent group exhibitions and screenings include Liverpool Biennale UK (2018); Whitstable Biennale UK (2018); Policy Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham UK (2017); The Problem of Perspective: Interwoven Histories, Pavilion, Leeds UK (2017); Shades of Opacity cur. Shama Khanna, Jerwood Gallery, London UK (2016); Dry Goods, Cologne DE (2016); Artist Moving Image Film Festival, ICA, London UK (2016); exhaust, Contemporary Art Tasmania AU (2016); Marcel Tarelkin / Rehana Zaman, Joint Venture, Dusseldorf DE (2015); OFF-Biennale Budapest, Tranzit, Budapest HU (2015); Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances, Tenderpixel, London UK (2015); Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, Konsthall C, Stockholm SE (2015); Things You Think in Order, Tenderpixel, London UK (2013); Home Theatre, Baro, São Paulo BR (2013), The GDR Goes On!, The Showroom, London UK (2012); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London UK (2012); We Love You, Limoncello, London UK (2012); and Other People’s Problems, Project Space Leeds UK (2011). She is frequently invited to devise and deliver workshops, talks and events for groups and organisations such as UP Projects with Flat Time House, J4DW, Studio Voltaire’s The Syllabus, RCA, UCL, Birkbeck, London, Funen Academy, Denmark and Royal Institute of Art, Sweden.

Tim Ivison (b 1982 Denver, US) and Julia Tcharfas (b 1982 Donetsk, UA) live and work in London. Solo exhibitions include Render, Hilary Crisp, London (2013) andMetropotamia, Hilary Crisp, London (2011). Group exhibitions and collaborative projects in recent years are Llocs comuns, Can Felipa Arts Visual, Barcelona, ES (2014); Systems Thinking from the Inside, 21st Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London; Total Vitality (by Julia Tcharfas), Bold Tendencies, London; Recent Work by Artists, Auto Italia, London; A Space Base, for Instance, [space], London (all 2013); The Biopolitical City (by Tim Ivison), Architectural Association, London; Summer School: The Eltham Open curated by Alex Ross, Gerald Moore Gallery, London; (On) Accordance, or-bits.com; ROCRO, MACRO, Rome IT; Echo-System, Helsinki World Design Capital, commissioned by the British Council (all 2012); For Inclusion in the Syllabi, Pigeon Wing, London; Rules of Engagement, Angus-Hughes, London; (Architecture in Words Only), Hilary Crisp, London (all 2011); New Wight Biennial: New Romance, UCLA Department of Art, Los Angeles US; Counter Constructs, Auto-Italia South East, London;No Soul For Sale, Panel discussion with members of The Suburban, Vox Populi, and Auto-Italia South East at Tate Modern, London; Utopia and Nature, Residency ASFA, Crete, Greece (all 2010). 


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