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This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect
9 February to 26 March 2017

Gallery House

Exhibition Road

London

August 1973

 

Photograph by Reza Modjabi

 

Gallery House was one of London’s most influential and extraordinary art spaces in the 1970s, directed by Sigi Krauss with assistant director Rosetta Brooks. For only sixteen months in 1972-73, in a vacant mansion provided by the German government next to the German Institute in South Kensington, Gallery House hosted exhibitions, residencies, performances and events as well as pioneering ‘expanded cinema’ and much new film and video work. For many of the featured artists Gallery House would prove a formative experience.

 

Gallery House favoured heterogeneity, colliding the multiplicity of forms and styles co-existing at the time, from performance and experimental cinema to cybernetic, social and conceptual practices. Ultimately, the radical nature of Gallery House’s programme led to its abrupt and contested closure by the German Institute.

 

This Way Out of England seeks to emulate the spirit of Gallery House by inviting a number of artists to rethink their original interventions in the space. The episodic nature of this project acknowledges the impossibility of framing what was an ephemeral experiment. The project is curated by Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury.

 

9 February, 10pm – 12 February, 10pm

Stuart Brisley, continuous performance

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, 'belated opening', with Lola and Adrien 

 

In the galleries:

Maya Balcioglu and Stuart Brisley, Gustav Metzger


17–19 February

John Dugger, Ergonic workshops

David Medalla, A Stitch in Time

Film programme based on A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain Part 3 (organised with LUX): Ian Breakwell, John Du Cane, Stephen Dwoskin, Peter Gidal, David Hall and Tony Sinden, Mike Leggett, Bill Lundberg, Denis Masi, Anthony McCall, Stuart Pound, William Raban and Carolee Schneemann.


In the galleries:

George Brecht, John Dugger, Robert Filliou, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger 

 

24–26 February

Centre for Behavioural Art, Gallery House, 1972-73: round table discussion on the intersections of art and the social sciences, with original participants of The Centre, Kevin Lole, Ross Longhurst, Colston Sanger and Peter Smith in conversation with artist Nils Norman.

Graham Stevens, pioneer of pneumatic art, presents his work, as Art to Reverse Global Warming including screenings of his key documentary films Desert Cloud (1974) and Hajj Walkway Shade Structures (1983).

Düsseldorf ↔ London, presented by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze. A foray into the rich exchanges between the Düsseldorf and London art scenes in the early 1970s. Otherwise inaccessible films by the Düsseldorf Film Group will be shown as will a newly digitized anarchic tape slide work by Achim Duchow, Buick Adventures (1974), featuring Sigmar Polke and Gallery House's director Sigi Krauss.

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, John Dugger, Düsseldorf Film Group (curated by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze), Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art

 

3–5 March

Victor Burgin, Now and Then, in discussion with Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury

Filmaktion – Gill Eatherley, Malcolm Le Grice, Annabel Nicolson and William Raban – curated by Mark Webber

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, John Dugger, Düsseldorf Film Group (curated by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze), Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Stephen Willats and the Centre for Behavioural Art

 

10–12 March

Anthony McCall, slide performance

Carlyle Reedy, durational performance

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art

 

17–19 March

Gallery House round table

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Newport Group, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art

 

24–26 March

John Latham, Object Lectures performance organised by Gareth Bell-Jones

Finissage discussion with Michael Newman and Sanja Perovic

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Stuart Brisley, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Newport Group, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art, Film programme (organised with LUX) based on A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain Part 3