Testing Ground

Artists in this exhibition: David Blandy, Laurel Nakadate, John Bock, and others
Testing Ground
A month of experimental live art and performance
8-31 January 2010

176 / Zabludowicz Collection presents second annual Testing Ground
Building on the success of Testing Ground: Curating, which attracted large audiences in 2009, it will include events organised by students from the Masters degree courses in curating at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art; live art mentoring workshops by Junto, a collective of recent arts graduates; projects by theatre and experimental performance groups based in London and installations and screenings of works from the Zabludowicz Collection. Testing Ground will also host an Empty Gallery Interview about The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, the upcoming exhibition by 176 / Zabludowicz Collection curator-in-residence Anna-Catharina Gebbers.

Testing Ground will host the UK premiere of a feature film by internationally acclaimed artist Laurel Nakadate, first presented at the Sundance Film Festival 2009, as well as an installation of new sculpture and video by German artist John Bock.

Students from the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths MFA Curating courses have been offered the building at 176 / Zabludowicz Collection as a testing ground for events and talks to explore ideas and practices of contemporary performance and live art.

Testing Ground is part of 176 / Zabludowicz Collection’s ongoing commitment to participation and education, which involves inviting local residents, students and community groups to engage with contemporary art and works from the Zabludowicz Collection. Each exhibition at 176 / Zabludowicz Collection is accompanied by a programme of talks, hands-on workshops, live performances and events. The library is available to members of the public for research about artists and to view film and video works from the Collection.


8 January, 7.45pm, 9 January, 2pm & 6.30pm
Drama Centre London, in association with The Vakhtangov Studio London, presents the UK premiere of The Forty First, directed by Oleg Mirochnikov
Drama Centre London is one of the leading conservatoires in the UK with MA programmes in acting and screen studies, anchored in Russian teaching traditions. The Centre occupied the building at 176 Prince of Wales Road for four decades beginning in the 1960s.
For information and booking please contact the41st@hotmail.co.uk, or 0207 514 8760

23-24 January 2009
Performances and events curated by students from Goldsmiths MFA Curating and Royal College of Art Inspire MA

28 January, 7pm
UK Premiere of Stay the Same Never Change (2009) by New York based artist Laurel Nakadate alongside an installation of her recent work.

29 January, 7-10pm
HamletZar: A Journey. A multi-media performance event
HamletZar is an international performance project running from 2008 to 2011. In addition to a performance, it includes a documentary, music and a book devoted to research and performance techniques developed through a series of residencies and seminars. Fusing Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Middle Eastern Zar ceremony, HamletZar explores issues of immigration and citizenship, and their relation to personal and political identity.

30 January , from 3pm, talk at 4pm
Empty Gallery Interview with Anna-Catharina Gebbers, current 176 / Zabludowicz Collection curator-in-residence
The Empty Gallery Interviews is a series of live conversations in empty galleries across London. Art writers Claire Nichols and Altair Roelants interview exhibitors ahead of their exhibitions to reveal dialogues between exhibitors and their exhibition space.

31 January, 3pm
David Blandy presents an interactive performance by the Shaolin Temple UK, followed by a screening of The Shaolin Temple (1980)

Throughout January at 176 / Zabludowicz Collection:

New moving image and sculptural installation by German artist John Bock

Junto:Mentor live art and performance mentoring workshops for recent graduates
Junto is a group of recent arts graduates who offer peer-to-peer mentoring for emerging artists in the areas of live, visual and sound art. As part of Testing Ground, Junto:Mentor will run four workshops for emerging artists working with live art practices. http://juntomentor-at-176.tumblr.com/

176 / Zabludowicz Collection will be selling artist editions at the London Art Fair, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, 13-17 January.

The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, the upcoming exhibition by 176 / Zabludowicz Collection curator-in-residence Anna-Catharina Gebbers will run from 25 February 2010 to 9 May 2010

Duration 08 January 2010 - 30 January 2010
Times Thursday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Cost Free
Venue Zabludowicz Collection
Address 176 Prince of Wales Road Chalk Farm London NW5 3PT, ,
Contact +44 (0) 20 7428 8940 / / www.projectspace176.com

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