TESTBED 16 at Gallery North Project Space
TESTBED 16 is an series of experimental exhibitions by Year 2 Fine Art students at Northumbria. Working collectively the students present exhibitions that emerge in attitude, thinking and proposal from theoretical texts orientated around key frameworks of contemporary art practice – Ruins, Nature, Participation, The Everyday Digital, Appropriation and Utopias.
CARBON - Wednesday 16th March
Carbon is the fourth most physical element in the universe after Hydrogen, Helium and Oxygen. It is found within compounds of the earth, such as sedimentary and volcanic rocks as well as comprimising almost a fifth of the human body.
Carbon is also processed for commercial use with extracts being used in the production of plastics, industrial construction materials, wood, and wood derivatives. Life it self; human and plant, is sustained by the “Carbon Cycle”.
The various works we have decided to exhibit tonight experiment with the motif of NATURE that brings together the different complex Carbon compounds, to create in essence, a “Carbon Chain”. Our aim is to create a space that simultaniously attends to; materiality, process and concept, while engaging with a fundumental source of Nature itself, that is normally overlooked as just an everyday material.
UNTITLED - Thursday 10th March
Untitled is an exhibition based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and working out of Gallery North Project Space. Untitled‘s art practice and research explores the production of appropriated ideas and recycled titles through a deconstruction of the website of the artist Allan Hughes. The works proceed from recycling his titles, texts and images and plagiarising his ideas, specifically those found on his website. Who really owns what in the new digital landscape and what relationship does this have to teaching? As the artists in Untitled we are interested in popular ideas surrounding a previous generation of artists’ influence on the next and by reusing aspects of our tutor’s work we are critiquing the atelier tradition of emulating a teacher, to engage with the very urgent issues surrounding copyright and intellectual property. Allan Hughes is lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University.
Watch the exhibition trailer here
BROKE - Thursday 3rd March
As the thematic group 'Ruins', we are interested in exploring the ideas of an "inevitable end". We have been engaging in a journey that considers both the seemingly unavoidable end product of civilisation, that of the 'Ruin', as well as the expanding power that 'Ruin' holds upon what comes next. The consideration that an end for one is merely a beginning for those who choose to either celebrate or dismiss the ideology and creative process of those that came before it.
Within our work as a group we consider all ideas of the 'Ruin', whether that be through personal experience with our bodies, or through more architecturally focused works. Our work encompasses all medias from photography, film, painting, sculpture and installations, all considering this grand and at sometimes ambiguous notion of 'Ruin'.
THE POLYTOPIAS - Thursday 25th February
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PINEAPPLE POLITICS - Wednesday 17th February
This collaborative exhibition goes beyond the systems of the everyday, exploring how a social space functions without any form of leadership. The title is unauthored in any conventional curatorial sense, coming from a public call.
Pineapple Politics considers the possibility of pushing the boundaries of a world without politics, embracing (fictional) freedom of speech outside of rules and regulations – an attempt to go beyond what an artist is expected or able to do in such a (real) environment.
By embracing unpredictable outcomes through artwork and spectator we aim to create a playful environment that mocks authoritative figures. By presenting collective works that expose positions of chance we aim to highlight an underlying apathy of our generation. We offer a site for the viewer to be with the work, moved by the space, and become the spirit we create.
SPAM - Thursday 11th February
UBIQUITOUS AND INESCAPABLE
ABSENT MINDED SCROLLING ON THE BUS TO WORK
HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR
SECOND HAND CERAMICS
REVEALING FACEBOOK MESSAGES
A ROARING CROWD OF FOOTBALL FANS
MISSING THAT 10AM LECTURE
REFLECTIONS IN A SHOP WINDOW
YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM FILTER