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Morley Gallery: Elizabeth Price
April 9, 2018 @ 12:00 am - July 15, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Morley College London is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting txtʃərz a new work by Turner-Prize winning artist Elizabeth Price, in July 2018.
txtʃərz is a two-channel HD video work. The narrative is a satirical, futurological story, set in a time and culture close to our own. It concerns a contagion of elective muteness that spreads rapidly through certain professional classes. As a proxy for speech those affected make and wear elaborate monochrome costumes and perform absurd and profane rituals. The story is delivered by a group of academic authors, writing about the phenomena, who dispute the origins and meaning of this silence. The visual subject matter is a series of stencils, lit from the rear which flutter, rotate and hover in front of the camera and which take on the appearance of a strange, comic but sombre dance.
Elizabeth Price (b.1966) predominantly works in high-definition digital video with live action, motion graphics, 3D computer animation, and sound. Often beginning with research undertaken in archives and museum collections, Price draws on varying references, such as architectural sites, social and political histories, as well as the language of advertising copy.
In 2012 Price was awarded the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition ‘HERE’ at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. In 2014 she won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award to create a commission for the Ashmolean Museum, and Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. Forthcoming, she will be presenting solo exhibitions at The Walker, Minneapolis in 2018; Nottingham Contemporary
A number of free events accompany txtʃərz
Artist Talk with Elizabeth Price: 12 July, 6pm-7.30pm. Book your tickets here.
Activating the Archive: May Day Rooms: 9 July, 6pm-7.30pm
In response to txtʃərz explore the May Day Rooms archive. The archive focuses on social movements, experimental culture and the radical expression of marginalised figures and groups. During this session you will have the opportunity to delve into material from the archive on the theme of alternative education, followed by a talk and discussion led by May Day Room archivists. Book your tickets here.
In Conversation with Hamja Ahsan: 14 July, 2pm-3.30pm
Join Hamja Ahsan, activist and author of Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, to discuss txtʃərz and the role of the introvert and extrovert in activism and protest culture. Book your tickets here.
txtʃərz will be unveiled at Morley Gallery as part of
Planets: Morley College London Festival of Arts and Culture.