The first solo exhibition by video and performance artist Charlie Dean. Through video, sound and sculpture, heads are threatened off of necks, feelings are taken hostage, a talent agent runs ruthless and hybrids are born, all while pop music serves as relief and riddle.
'Art Class' is a performance lecture film playing on, and exploring, the perennial tension between the two key words in its title. It tests the limits of access that working-class artists have to cultural production and to the relevant institutions circulating these outcomes.
Can exploring experiences of loss and grief, through an autobiographical lens, offer artists a way to connect with audiences, themselves and each other after nearly two-years of pandemic isolation? Artist and writer Morgan Quaintance will talk through his own process of using personal experiences, discussing the benefits and personal hazards of mining what might be identified as depressive emotional states, to create work that facilitates positive and potentially supportive relationships and new interpersonal connections.
Susan Schuppli's artist talk focuses on the body of research and work developed through the “Learning from Ice” project, which includes a documentary film shot in the Canadian Ice Core Archive and a US geochemistry lab (2019), followed by research into the changing conditions of sea ice and glacial retreat in the Svalbard Arctic Archipelago (2020).
Tirdad Zolghadr will speak about contemporary art’s complicity with gentrification schemes and the role it has to play in land grabs and urban development.
Suhail Malik will speak about how cultural and artistic production can no longer be concentrated in the 'world cities' that nonetheless use art and culture to sell themselves.
To coincide with the Bloomberg New Contemporaries public programme, Nottingham Castle has invited a group of key speakers for discussion in the Long Gallery about the value and relevance of open-submission exhibitions for the artist, gallery and visitor alike.