This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect

Seven weekends of performances, screenings and discussions

24–26 February, Weekend 3

Open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, John Dugger, Düsseldorf Film Group, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats and the Centre for Behavioural Art

 

Events:

Friday 24 February, 6.30pm

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.

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Saturday 25 February, 3pm

Graham Stevens, a 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 Structure (1983).

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Sunday 26 February, 4pm

The 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.

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Confluences of art and science within Gallery House are explored this weekend. Graham Stevens discusses his research into pneumatic structures connecting art, architecture and engineering. Stephen Willats, whose interest in cybernetics has informed his work over five decades, installs his West London Social Resource Monitor, as well as elements from the Centre for Behavioural Art, which he founded and ran at Gallery House. And curators Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze revive the little-known life and times of the Düsseldorf Film Group, a momentary political collective whose films were screened at Gallery House in 1972.

 

In the galleries, works that were originally shown or developed at Gallery House include rarely seen photographic panels by Ian Breakwell; an interactive print piece by Gerard Hemsworth; photographic conceptual work by Michael Druks; and a significant installation by Susan Hiller, one of the very few women artists whose work was featured at Gallery House.

 


 

Forthcoming Programme

 

3–5 March

Victor Burgin, presentation

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

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, John Dugger, Düsseldorf Film Group, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats/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

 


 

This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect


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.



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