Giles Bailey, Jamie Hammill, Nellie Saunby and Sophie Soobramanien
Until 5 May
Giles Bailey, Jamie Hammill, Nellie Saunby and Sophie Soobramanien are artists who work with performance, writing, sculpture and moving image.
Since summer 2018 they have worked collaboratively to create an extended project under the title ‘Islanders’, initially realised as an event involving live performance and now seen as video footage.
Since classical times thinkers, artists and musicians have created imagined islands as a stage for ‘thought experiments’. ‘Islanders’ is a collage of many of these, referencing Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, first-person shooter video game ‘Far Cry 3’ and the music of Simon & Garfunkel among others.
By elaborating or re-staging such representations of islands, the work invites us to consider what states of isolation can achieve or fail to achieve; how political ideals or even fantasies occupy our imagination; and what the promise of rescue offers us – whether consolation, solace, or a sense of completion.
‘Islanders’ has been commissioned by CIRCA Projects in partnership with Tyneside Cinema, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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