Artist curators Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods are launching a new project space in Kendal Cumbria. The ironically named Provincial Project Space promises to offer up to four international quality shows each year. The privately funded project follows the success of similar provincial spaces like Payne Shurvell in Suffolk, Maureen Paley in Hove and Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
Empire II is an artist led project devised and curated by Vanya Balogh. It is currently on show as a collateral exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale. This sequence of 115 imaginative short films programmed to play on a continuous loop represents a temporary digital archive designed to travel at high speed at any corner of the planet. Focused on our immediate present, The Age Of Anxiety and its challenges, artists are confronting ideas on climate change, violence, social media, corruption, identity loss, addiction, manipulation, false economics, cyber crime, pollution, sex, space travel, consumerism, love, hate, pollution, death and many other concurrent themes. This immersive multi screen experience will launch during C-Art Week in Cumbria at newly formed Provincial Project Space.
Empire II is a spontaneous reflex point, immersive single screen experience with a library, a hot eye that reflects on the elusiveness and temporality of the digital image, interweaving various paths, trends and approaches to filmmaking. Ranging from animation to cold cut editing, 115 digital shorts are transported from London via Brussels to Venice, on a hard drive, to reach its final destination that is a hybrid digital canvas, a boundary between independent cinema and contemporary art.
Empire II screen will confront us with ideas on climate change, politics of attrition, immigration, narcissism, sex, loss, despair, loss of identity, addiction, violence, false economics, digital rape, cyber crime, space travel, pollution, death and consumerism, all coexisting amongst many concurrent themes. Focused on our present, The Age of Anxiety, whilst turning madness into metaphysics, artists respond and demonstrate their feelings, thoughts, and objections to the post-truth world incumbent in lies and power struggles.
Empire II Participating Artists
1 India Roper-Evans 2 Toni Gallagher 3 Spizz Energi 4 Michal Ohana Cole 5 Steve Smith 6 Ashley Scott Fitzgerald 7 Veronica Shimanovskaya 8 Liz Sheridan 9 Montague Armstrong 10 Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick 11 Sarah Pager 12 Roger Clarke 13 Birgitta Hosea 14 Lee Maelzer 15 Bob Lawson 16 Richard Ducker 17 Warren Thomas Garland 18 Susan Schulman 19 Danny Pockets 20 Joanna McCormick 21 Mark Woods 22 Rebecca Scott 23 John Plowman 24 Fiona Haines 25 Gzillion Artist 26 MC Llamas 27 Stacie McCormick 28 Julian Firth 29 Sarah Sparkes & Ian Thompson 30 Sooz Belnavis 31 Jane Grisewood & Carali McCall 32 Maria Teresa Gavazzi33 Monika Kita 34 Nerys Mathias 35 Paul Coombs 36 Alina Gavrielatos 37 Susana Sanroman 38 Eva Raboso 39 Ekin Onat 40 Maryclare Foa 41 Marisa Polin 42 Jessica Bailey 43 Gordon Faulds 44 Ray Gange 45 Mandee Gage 46 Kristina Kotov 47 Ella Amitay Sadovsky 48 Nouli Omer 49 Shosh Israeli 50 Eden Auerbach Ofrat 51 Adi Oz – Ari 52 Vardi Bobrow 53 Yael Atzmony 54 Witty Gordon Projects 55 Taline Temizan 56 Anita Bryan 57 Marie-Louise Jones 58 Roman Manfredi 59 Ann Grim 60 Tracey Moberly & Robbie Ryan 61 Ibby Doherty & Ed Linger 62 Mario Varas Sanchez 63 Dannielle Hodson 64 Maya Smira 65 Susan Supercharged 66 Kate Kotcheff 67 William Angus-Hughes 68 Iavor Lubomirov 69 Barbara Stanzl 70 Dion Kitson 71 Melissa Alley & Paul Tecklenberg 72 Martyn Pick 73 Susana Lopez Fernandez 74 Graham Tunnadine 75 Pascal Rousson 76 Bella Land 77 Crispin Lingford 78 Paul & Stanley Tucker 79 Joe Dye 80 Jim Roseveare 81 Stella Whalley & Tony Bricheno 82 Emily McMehen 83 Martin Sexton 84 Bobby Lloyd 85 Anna Mortimer 86 Michael Williams 87 Harrison Pearce, Marco Alessi & Benedict Morrison 88 Kerry Baldry 89 Vanja Karas 90 Laura Lilyanna Cogoni 91 Richard Sharples 92 Jeffrey Louis-Reed 93 Valentina Ferrandes 94 Jon Baker 95 Tisna Westerhof 96 Emily Cole 97 Theresa Caruana 98 Meriliis Rinne 99 Live Hazard Collective 100 Annika Reed 101 Julia Maddison 102 Andrea Morucchio 103 Miriam Mor Hiedemann 104 Leila Houston 105 Leito de Courson de la Villeneuve 106 Megan Broadmeadow 107 Will Kerr 108 Gavin Turk 109 Vanya Balogh 110 Laura Hynd 111 Negin Vaziri112 Philipp Keel 113 Lorenzo Belenguer 114 Tomaz Kramberger 115 Jessica Voorsanger
Following Empire II Rebecca Scott will be holding an Open Studio filling Provincial Project Space with a variety of works on the 16th and 17th September. Scott’s work will also be on display in the Guild Hall London in the exhibition Nature Morte curated by Michael Petry and based on the Thames & Hudson book of the same title.
Empire II Start Date: Friday 15th September End Date: Friday 15th September Time: 2 pm until 10 pm Location: Provincial Project Space Cross Lane, Kendal Cumbria LA 9 5LB www.empire2.info
Rebecca Scott Open Studio Provincial Project Space 16th and 17th September.