This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect

Seven weekends of performances, screenings and discussions

3–5 March, Weekend 4

Open Friday 11am–6pm, Saturday 11am–8.30pm and Sunday 11am–7.30pm

 

Events:

Friday 3 March, 6.30pm: Victor Burgin, Now and Then, in discussion with Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury

Burgin will consider his participation in A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain  at Gallery House not as a history to be exhumed but as a place in the past from which to view the present.

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Saturday 4 March, 11am–8.30pm & Sunday 5 March, 11am–7.30pm: Filmaktion – Gill Eatherley, Malcolm Le Grice, Annabel Nicolson and William Raban – curated by Mark Webber

This group of filmmakers made landmark performances of ‘expanded cinema’ first in Gallery House and later when they became known as Filmaktion. Eatherley, Le Grice and Raban will revisit some of their performances and actions over two days at Raven Row. Le Grice’s shadow play Horror Film 2, with actors and objects viewed through 3D spectacles, will be re-staged for the first time since 1973. Please see Raven Row’s website for the full programme. No booking is required. 

 

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 / the Centre for Behavioural Art

 


 

For the fourth weekend, Mark Webber curates a rare programme and performative installation of the work of expanded cinema group Filmaktion, which in the early 1970s brought together Gill Eatherley, Malcolm Le Grice, Annabel Nicolson and William Raban. The focus shifts to Gallery House’s engagement with debates in the early 1970s around the role of narrative and phenomenological perception in art photography and film. The artist and writer Victor Burgin, who exhibited at Gallery House and whose reflections on photography and film have become essential for anyone studying contemporary pictorial culture, will give a presentation on Friday. 

 


 

Image: Filmaktion at Gallery House, March 1973.

From left to right: Malcolm Le Grice, John Blandy (of Gallery House), Gill Eatherley and William Raban. Photograph by David Crosswaite.

 


 

Forthcoming Programme

 

10–12 March

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 March, 6.30pm: Anthony McCall, slide performance,  Streaks, 1972

Saturday 11 March – Sunday 12 March: Carlyle Reedy’s Museum of Living Thought

 

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, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art

 

17–19 March

Saturday 18 March, 4pm: History or Not: Addressing Omissions in the Retelling of Art's Stories, panel discussion including Susan Hiller, Hilary Robinson, Sonia Boyce, Felicity Allen and Amy Budd, chaired by Alexandra Kokoli

Sunday 19 March, 4pm: Gallery House round table, with Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury

 

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

 

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, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Newport Group, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats, Film programme (organised with LUX) based on A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain Part 3

 


 

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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