ECVAN September Highlights

Ophiux, Joey Holder, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Ophiux, Joey Holder, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.


This Saturday!
Summercamp Symposium
Saturday 3 September 2016, 2-9.45pm
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

For the third and final event in the Summercamp series, artist Sonia Boyce has developed the day-long symposium and live music event Two steps to the Left… in collaboration with current artist-in-residence Evan Ifekoya. The symposium sits within Wysing’s over-arching programme for 2016 Wysing Poly, which explores the legacy of the Polytechnic as a site of radical art practice in the UK in the 1970s and 80s. 

In keeping with this theme, Two steps to the Left… takes US artist Adrian Piper’s groundbreaking interactive performance Funk Lessons (1982-85) as a point of departure, to explore dance and movement as a political act; asking what role does dance and music play in the creation of momentary communities of dissent and assent. 

For more information and to book tickets see their website.


Radical Essex: Architecture Weekend
10 Sep – 11 September 2016
Led by Focal Point Gallery, Southend in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite

Radical Essex is a project re-examining Essex county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

Details of the exhibitions and events can be found on the Radical Essex website.


Ophiux by artist Joey Holder
Launch: Saturday 24 September 2016, 6-8pm
Open daily until 20 November
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Ophiux is a solo exhibition of new work by Joey Holder comprising an ambitious immersive installation and film that has emerged from her residency at Wysing in 2015. It gives a glimpse into a near future that whilst fictional, is not far from reality and is founded on current scientific research.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Holder will deliver a Study Day that will take place on Saturday 29 October, 2-6pm at Murray Edwards College, New Hall, University of Cambridge, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

The exhibition will be located across two sites with the main exhibition platform at Wysing Arts Centre, and aspects of Joey Holder’s research for the project shown at AND/OR Gallery, London from 14 October - 12 November, 2016. The film has been co-commissioned by Deptford X where it will premiere at their festival in September 2016.