An Elastic Continuum

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Howard, R. and Sharples, V. 2023. An Elastic Continuum .
CreatorsHoward, R. and Sharples, V.
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The ‘New Materialist Reading Group’ (NMRG) presents: An Elastic Continuum, an international exhibition & symposium featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists at S1 Artspace, curated by NMRG co-leads Rebecca Howard & Victoria Sharples,(June 17th-22nd, 2023).

Arriving from the proposition of ‘skin’, An Elastic Continuum offers an interface with skinnings: surfaces, architectural structures, organisms, membranes and embalmings. The works on show present a plethora of intersectional readings that transect ontologies of animacy and the sensorial, biotechnical interventions (birth, growth, ailment, and death), human, animal and plant bodies, and spaces of trans-ition, whether -gender, -species or interior-exterior relations). In An Elastic Continuum, the premise of ‘skin’ is purposefully layered, aggregated and poriferous, as with epidermal and geological stratum, as seen in the work of Carter, Kempley and Lucas. Clifford and Vann’s practices centre on protection and exposure of the soft body: PPE and chronic dermatological conditions. With a focus on façade, veneer and construction, the work of Fisher, Howard and Speed invite thought on the parallels between skin and built spaces through folds, pattern, and costume. Sharples, Stanley and Walker account for the liminality of skin and the body as a transitory site, whether that be in relation to buildings that temporarily store human bodies (as with mortuaries), or through interior-exterior relations (as with the mouth or uterus). In place of the subject-object binary, the practice of Hamilton, Von Munchhausen and Barrett provide a more permeable and participatory account of matter, where material affordances yield questions of autonomy and the sensible. And the work of Hughes, Squires, and Rushton signal the ways in which human and plant matters are intimately connected through physiology, sexuality, and the military-industrial complex. Through expansive readings of ‘skin’, An Elastic Continuum provides a public mediation and sensory interface with the noun, organ, and material.

ContributorsFisher, C. (Artist), Rushton, S. (Artist), Carter, S. (Artist), Clifford, G. (Artist), Hamilton, Helen. (Artist), Sharples, V. (Artist), Howard, R. (Artist), Kempley, S. (Artist), Speed, E. (Artist), Squires, R H. (Artist), Stanley, R. (Artist), Vann, L. (Artist), Muenchhausen Von, Henriette. (Artist), Lucas, Victoria. (Artist), Barrett, Ellie. (Artist), Walker, Nathan. (Artist) and Hughes, Bethan. (Artist)
KeywordsNew-materiality, exhibition, contemporary art, practice-based, research, symposium
Date17 Jun 2023
Exhibition titleAn Elastic Continuum
Web address (URL)https://www.s1artspace.org/programme/an-elastic-continuum/
FunderUniversity of Derby
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Deposited14 Aug 2023
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