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Central Saint Martins

We [ breathe ] in the space between

pink background with dragged objects
Krishna Balakrishnan

What does it mean to occupy the present moment, when the present is always changing? What does it mean to be forced to the peripheries, to always inhabit the in-between space? How can we operate within this position? Can we act? Can we dance? Can we laugh? Can we rise? Can we shout? Can we breathe in the space between?

Presenting new work by 12 London and Hong Kong-based contemporary artists, we [ breathe ] in the space between is an exhibition responding to issues of in-betweenness, modernity, and urbanity. Artists involved come from multiple disciplines including sculpture, audio/visual, digital installation, performance and product design.

The exhibition is housed in a former police station in Rotherhithe, a South London dockland area poised for major redevelopment as part of the Canada Water Masterplan. The space is currently occupied by Artists Studio Company, the hosts for this exhibition, who have custody of the building until its demolition. The temporary nature of this site and the uncomfortable position occupied by artists in the face of rapid gentrification, provide the loaded institutional context and impetus for this exhibition.

Artworks are placed throughout the police station and nearby locations. They include an outdoor concrete sculpture by Kathryn Graham and an environmental intervention by James Bryant, developed in response to the curatorial team’s research. Other artworks use a variety of traditional and digital media to respond to urban redevelopment projects, scarcity of housing, escalating political demonstrations on the streets of Hong Kong, urban alienation, and the need for care and the human touch.

Events

Thursday 7 November, 6.00–9.00pm

PAUSE: Opening reception

Saturday 9 November, 3.00–6.00pm

PAUSE: The Street screening

Please join us for a screening of Zed Nelson’s The Street, a feature-length documentary on gentrification in Hoxton. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film and its themes. The Street will be released in cinemas on 29 November.

Sunday 10 November, 4.00–6.00pm

PAUSE: Flavio Mancini performance

Interactive audio-visual performance by Flavio Mancini

Friday 15 November, 11.00am–1.00pm

FLUX: HART Haus Networking Event

Digital networking event with HART Haus, a collaborative studio space in Hong Kong.


Students

Rosa Abbott, Krishna Balakrishnan, Issy Casey, Kateřina Čuprová, Nina Lissone, Clara Wong, Siyan Zhang.

Contributors

James Bryant, Kathryn Graham, Chan Ka Kiu, Muyau Li, Queenie Li, Flavio Mancini, Bonnie Wong & Jun Wang, Wu Jiaru, Ben Yau, Camille Yvert.

Project Partner