March 26 - May 15
Emma Fielden, Andromeda and the Milky Way, 2021, still image from 4K video with sound, 4 hours 33 minutes, performed by Emma Fielden and Lizzie Thomson, filmed by Dara Gill, edition of 3 + 2AP. Courtesy: the artist and The Lock-Up, Newcastle.
What does it mean to do slowness? What does it mean to break with the whirring pace of the present and the unabating velocity of our time? What does slow art offer us in a fast world? These questions—these provocations—lie at the heart of RADICAL SLOWNESS.
In RADICAL SLOWNESS, the never-ending cadence of our everyday gives way to a different pace: slow time. Through a series of artistic interventions, the exhibition pulls into focus a multitude of temporalities that usually exist out of sight. Within the historical walls of The Lock-Up, new visions appear: an ocean of digital water endlessly laps around the base of a stone, an alarm clock is caught in the half-seconds that follow midnight, and two galaxies slowly hurtle towards one another, destined to meet in four billion years. Here, time is reframed. It is rescued from a state of dormancy, and is revealed to be the very solvent of existence—an invisible substance which our bodies wade through every day.
A group exhibition featuring artists Akil Ahamat, Emma Fielden, Dean Cross, Izabela Pluta, Aude Parichot and Tané Andrews. Curated by Anna May Kirk and Tai Mitsuji.
Opening night: Wednesday 23 March 2022