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Sat 1 May

Thames-Side Studios Gallery: Circling the Square (1-23 May 2021)

Thames-Side Studios Gallery

Circling the Square

Shahin Afrassiabi, Kiera Bennett, Biggs & Collings, Juan Bolivar, Jane Harris, Heike Kelter, Ansel Krut, Scott McCracken, Andrea Medjusi-Jones, Mali Morris, Tim Ralston, Graeme Todd, David Webb, Victor Willing.

Curated by Scott McCracken

Exhibition Dates: 1-23 May 2021


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Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR.

Thames-Side Studios Gallery open Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions and by appointment.
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Sat 10 April

Thames-Side Studios Gallery: Pretty Ugly (10-25 Apr 2021)

Thames-Side Studios Gallery

Pretty Ugly

Exhibition Dates: 10-25 April 2021

Curated by Andrew Ekins.

Details to follow.

Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Thames-Side Studios
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR.

Thames-Side Studios Gallery open Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions and by appointment.
For general Thames-Side Studios Gallery enquiries please email info@thames-sidestudios.co.uk

Sat 20 March

Thames-Side Studios Gallery: The Echo System (20 Mar-4 Apr 2021)

Thames-Side Studios Gallery

The Echo System

Milda Lembertaitė, Gabriela Giroletti, Lewis Davidson, Nathaniel Faulkner, Natasha Bird

Curated by Milda Batakyte

Exhibition Dates: 20 March-4 April 2021

Prologue

A system is an interconnected and coherent set of elements (both living and non-living) that ‘works’ towards a specific function or purpose. The word function is generally used for a nonhuman system and purpose for a human one, but because systems can be both human and nonhuman, these two words intertwine. Systems are complex and can be embedded within other systems, which may also consist of further systems. One of the most sophisticated examples of a system can be found in nature: the ecosystem, in which all living and non-living elements coexist in the most self- sustainable way. On the other hand, the purpose or function of one system might be damaging for another systems. For instance, an ‘echo chamber’ is a metaphor used to define a hermetic system of opinions and beliefs that are reinforced by repetition through different communication channels. This concept is particularly prevalent among technocrats who can benefit from subverting other people’s ability to recognise biased information and inhibiting their capacity to engage with the world in a non-biased way.

The making and reception of art can also be looked at as a system with different layers. For example, an artwork created by an artist is an implied system of concepts, thoughts, beliefs and experiences (either considered consciously or subconsciously). An artwork, as such, can also address one or many of these experiences, directly or indirectly. The reception of an artwork too is always determined by the recipients’ past experiences and their willingness to engage in a new experience. Multiple artworks put together can form another system, that of the exhibition. The interconnections between humans through non-living elements, like art, comes from and can reinforce our integrity, consideration and empathy, which further feeds into our lives in a variety of ways.

In her book Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows suggests, ‘Once we see the relationship between structure and behaviour, we can begin to understand how systems work, what makes them produce poor results, and how to shift them into better behaviour patterns.’ Thinking about systems can assist us in understanding our complex world, with its aspects that continuously need to be nurtured, and other aspects that need to be improved for the benefit of everyone and everything.

Exhibition graphic design by Studio Pointer*.


Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Thames-Side Studios
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR.

Thames-Side Studios Gallery open Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions and by appointment.
For general Thames-Side Studios Gallery enquiries please email info@thames-sidestudios.co.uk

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