Lisson Gallery

Performer/Audience/Mirror

London, 15 July – 3 September 2016

Performer/Audience/Mirror

Marina Abramović, John Akomfrah, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Cory Arcangel, Art & Language, Gerard Byrne, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ceal Floyer, Ryan Gander, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Christian Jankowski, John Latham, Jonathan Monk, Wael Shawky, Santiago Sierra, Sean Snyder

The exhibition ‘Performer/Audience/Mirror’ celebrates moving image and features work from the 1960s to the present day by eighteen internationally acclaimed artists, including Marina Abramović, John Akomfrah, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Cory Arcangel, Art & Language, Gerard Byrne, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ceal Floyer, Ryan Gander, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Christian Jankowski, John Latham, Jonathan Monk, Wael Shawky, Santiago Sierra and Sean Snyder. Borrowing its title from Dan Graham’s 1977 performance at De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam, in which the artist described himself and the seated audience in front of a mirrored wall, the exhibition draws on the interactivity and reflexivity of film and explores its importance as a media for experimentation, performance and documentation.

The exhibition is organised into three distinct sections that draw on the subjects of Graham’s performance – performer, audience and mirror – with each section showing a looped showreel of films. The ‘Performer’ section of the programme highlights the association between performance and film through the works of artists such as Marina Abramović, Gerard Byrne, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Ryan Gander, Rodney Graham and Christian Jankowski. These works explore our understanding of performance in film both within a conventional contemporary art setting and within the broader cultural context of theatre, comedy and narration.  Here the newest work in the exhibition, Worship (2016), a claymation film by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, will make its premiere in the UK, following successful reception in Sweden and Austria.

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52 Bell Street
London

Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

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