Andy Holden, Roger Illingworth & Tiffin School Perform the Music of MI!MS

Stanley Picker Fellow Andy Holden has teamed up with Roger Illingworth, childhood friend and fellow bandmember from The Grubby Mitts, to revisit and rework a series of songs that they initially composed as teenagers, and which will now be performed by pupils from Tiffin School Chamber Orchestra and Tiffin Children’s Chorus, the latter comprised of children from primary schools across South West London.

Commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery, the project will culminate with a public performance at The Rose Theatre on 15 July 5-6pm as part of the International Youth Arts Festival 2013, and later in the year a limited edition CD will be released through the Gallery and Holden’s Lost Toys record label. Recordings of the performance will later form part of a large-scale exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, investigating a manifesto Holden, Illingworth and three friends wrote and distributed as teenagers. The manifesto, which refers to the art movement known as MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity) states MI!MS is “about the willingness to be lied to and the will to believe! It’s about the intense sadness of our unrealistic dreams, and the intense joy of our desire for them. We should not be cynical about the emotions in our work – we are simply cynical about the means we have to express those emotions…”

Andy Holden (b.1982, Bedford) graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2005 and his practice incorporates a wide variety of media and forms of presentation, from plaster, bronze and ceramic objects, to music, performance and site-specific sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape at the Stanley Picker Gallery (2012), Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time at Kettle’s Yard (2011) and Pyramid Piece and Return of the Pyramid Piece for Art Now at Tate Britain (2010). Holden curated Be Glad For the Song Has No End – A Festival of Artists’ Music at Wysing Arts Centre (2010) and in early 2013 his animated short Chewy Cosmos (Panels to the Walls of Heaven), commissioned by Tate Media was broadcast as one of Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is dedicated to the development and production of interdisciplinary contemporary art and design practice and presents a regular onsite, offsite and online programme of fellowships, exhibitions, participatory projects and events.

Duration 15 July 2013 - 15 July 2013
Times 5-6pm
Venue Rose Theatre Kingston
Address 24-26 High Street Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL, ,
Contact 020 8417 4074 / /

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