The Collection at Ikon Eastside, Birmingham — Ikon Eastside ← Performance ← Siobhan Davies Dance
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Wed 22 May 2019

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The Collection at Ikon Eastside, Birmingham: Ikon Eastside
24 Sep – 4 Oct 2009, 1–5pm

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

In 2009, Siobhan Davies collaborated with leading London gallerist Victoria Miro to present The Collection. For nearly three weeks, performers and artists presented specially commissioned dance and artworks at Victoria Miro Gallery in North London and Siobhan Davies Studios in South London.

Form / Content

The Collection is a series of ambitious collaborations that look at the interfaces of contemporary art and dance, where these worlds intersect and how they might inform one another. At the heart of The Collection is a mutual curiosity for potential exchanges across both art forms, and an exploration of the connections and disconnections within them.

Architecture / Space

The Collection will open two different but equally interesting architectural spaces to the public. Sitting atop a refurbished Victorian building, Victoria Miro 14 affords sweeping views of the city, with its minimalist sculptural form and soaring interior spaces. Climbing to the top of the building visitors will encounter a new work by Siobhan Davies Dance.

Siobhan Davies Studios’ daring design was awarded a prestigious RIBA award in 2006. Usually occupied by dancers, for the duration of The Collection its architecturally impressive Roof Studio will house a new installation by Conrad Shawcross, Slow Arc Inside a Cube III. This work consists of a singular light source that is programmed to make random movements within a mesh cage, casting infinitely changing shadows across the studio and creating limitless spatial distortions.

Dance / Art

For The Collection, Siobhan Davies creates a new work with Catherine Bennett, Matteo Fargion, Henry Montes, Deborah Saxon and Matthias Sperling. Presented as a series of succinct pieces of movement, physical imagery and sound in a white cube the work is performed continuously for six hours each day. The dance is juxtaposed with Doldrum by the artist Anri Sala, which comprises a drum programmed to produce its own rhythm. Located in Victoria Miro 14, visitors can move freely around the space to create their own time frame and perspective of the work.

Art / Dance

Located at Victoria Miro 16 is a group exhibition of works that allude to movement, repetition or a physical engagement with space. The artists presented here work across diverse media, from film and photography, to dance, painting, sculpture and sound. There are several new works on view, including Lying in Wait, an exciting collaboration by Idris Khan and Sarah Warsop, and commissions by Alex Hartley and Susan Philipsz. Works by Francis Alÿs, Yayoi Kusama, Cildo Meireles, Roman Signer and Sarah Sze offer varied and often subtle introductions to ideas around movement in visual artistic practice.