Performance + Panel Discussion
Monday, 23 September, 7pm
Piano concert by Pim Müller of Sanne Vaassen’s The National Anthems of the World
Panel Discussion: 7.30pm
As part of our current exhibition Adjacent Directly and in conjunction with the Global Climate Strike, we are warmly inviting you to an exciting event on Monday, 23 September.
Please join us for the performance of The National Anthems of the World by Sanne Vaassen, followed by a panel discussion with Amy Cutler, Kristina Pulejkova, Rob Kesseler, Lewis Davidson and Sanne Vaassen, chaired by Stacie McCormick.
The performance starts at 7pm.
To create The National Anthems of the World, artist Sanne Vaassen fed a book containing the scores and lyrics for the national anthems of 198 countries to a group of snails. Nature’s intervention, creating a One-World Anthem. Please join us to hear pianist Pim Müller perform this incredible collaboration with snails.
The performance will act as an introduction to a panel discussion with Amy Cutler, Kristina Pulejkova, Rob Kesseler, Lewis Davidson and Sanne Vaassen, chaired by Stacie McCormick. The group will discuss the curatorial theme of Adjacent Directly, the works in the show and the intentional conjunction with the Global Climate Strike Week.
The exhibition continues until 28 September 2019.
Participating in the panel discussion:
Dr. Amy Cutler (London, UK, 1985) is an artist, geographer and filmmaker who works with ideas of critical ecology and nonhuman others, often in immersive installations. She has exhibited at the BBC Blue Room, Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Trust, Tetley Art Gallery, GV Art & Science Gallery, Transfer Gallery NY, St John on Bethnal Green, the Horniman Museum, Late Junction, Super/Collider, Tate Modern, the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the Horse Hospital, and the Kew Museum of Economic Botany. Cutler runs the touring live cinema show NATURE’S NICKELODEONS at Sheffield Doc/Fest (2018), International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (2018) and San Francisco Green Film Festival (2019). In 2018 her series of improvisatory scores for experimental forest ecology, with Lee Patterson and Barrel, aired as an episode of Late Junction on BBC3.
Lewis Davidson (Stroud, UK, 1990) graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and Design and a MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2019, being an recipient of the Felix Slade Scholarship. Selected exhibitions include: Holiday, Arcade, London, UK, 2018, Catch of the Year, Dienstgebaeude, Zürich, CH, 2017, Crumble Town, SET Space, London, UK, 2017, ART ON CAMPUS, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, AT, 2016, The Observer Effect, GEMAK, The Hague, NL, 2015 and The Open West, The Wilson, Cheltenham, UK, 2014, London/Vienna Calling, Semperdepot, Vienna, AT, 2014.
Rob Kesseler (Solihull, UK, 1951) is an internationally renowned visual artist and Professor of Arts, Design & Science at the University of the Arts London. For the past twenty years he has collaborated with botanical scientists at Kew and other scientific institutions around the world to explore the living world at a microscopic level. His award-winning series of books on Pollen, Seeds and Fruit created with Wolfgang Stuppy and Madeline Harley at Kew, published by Papadakis have stimulated a growing fascination for the microscopic world of plants. Rob Kesseler is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and ambassador for the Royal Microscopical Society.
Kristina Pulejkova (Skopje, MK, 1988) is a Macedonian London-based artist whose inter-disciplinary practice is informed by science and technology. She is currently artist in residence at Somerset House Studios, London. Kristina’s works have been shown at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Skopje, MK (solo show); MAK, Vienna, AT; Project Space Kunsthalle, Vienna, AT; Het Glaspaviljoen, Eindhoven, NL; Art COP21 Paris, FR; The Science Museum, London, UK; The V&A, London, UK; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and the Art Licks Festival, London UK, Lewisham Art House, London, UK, Royal College of Art amongst others.
Sanne Vaassen (Maastricht, NL, 1991) graduated in 2013 from Maastricht Academy Fine Arts & Design, has recently been artist in residence at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop and is currently the recipient of the Stipend for Established Artists by the Mondriaan Fund. In 2014/2015 she was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy. Since then she has contributed to exhibitions at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Marres, De Pont, Tilburg, Grey Noise, Dubai and 601 Artspace in New York, amongst others. She was nominated for the Sybren Hellinga prize in 2016 and was the winner of the Parkstad Limburg Prize in the same year. She lives and works in Maastricht, NL.
Stacie McCormick (Los Angeles, USA, 1962) is a multi-disciplined artist based in London, UK. She holds a Masters degree in Fine Art from City & Guilds of London Art School. A selection of recent group exhibitions include We Sing the Body Electric, Gallery 46, London, UK (2019), We can only have fun on certain days, Warbling x Stour Space, London, UK (2019), Miniscule II at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019) and Minimal Compact, Museo MACO, Oaxaca, MX (2019). As Director and Founder of Workshop Foundation and Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, Stacie McCormick started and facilitates two Artist Residencies, including the Radical Residency® programme.