I WANT MY IDEAL PASTE (2017)

DARREN BANKS, LYDIA BOEHM, MELANIE BÖRNER, STEVEN DICKIE, BENEDICT DREW, GOO NOTORIOUS (GERARD CARSON & ANDREW RICKETT), INDIA HARVEY, REBECCA JAGOE, CHARLOTTE QUARTERMAINE, COL SELF & BODY DRIFT, EOIN SHEA, TIM SPOONER, DANE SUTHERLAND, SWEET HEAVE (LAURA DEE MILNES & PHIL SWAN), CHLOE WINDSOR

28.09.17 – 01.10.17

I Want My Ideal Paste was a short group exhibition, punctuated by performance, screening and workshop events exploring the chaotic potential and sensational joy of the viscous, the sticky and the squishy.

You can read a review of the show on thisistomorrow here.

With a recent explosion of slime videos on the internet, it seems that squishy, gooey, unbridled fun with simple homemade pastes and sci-fi fantasies of alien goo could well be a reaction to the menacing threat of borders, edges, boundaries and control. A mass that is entirely surface yet has no set form, taking the shape of whatever it encounters, becomes a physical metaphor, a material embodiment of the anxiety and desire of the unfixed, the creeping, the malleable yet uncontrollable stuff of our world.

Exploring the theme of ‘sticking your fingers in’ (the primal, instinctive compulsion one often has to touch the viscous, liquid and glossy) a range of artists working with sculpture, video, performance, text, image and sound respond with an exhibition, discussion, performances, workshop, screenings and zine.

With rare opportunities for participation and repulsion, we invite you to get stuck into the uncontainable, playful, radical, genderless, pre and post-species swell of irresistible goo.


EVENTS

29.09.17 | 18.00 – 21.00
SLUDGE
Feat: Col Self & Body Drift, Sweet Heave (Laura Dee Milnes & Phil Swan) Melanie Börner and Rebecca Jagoe

An evening of aural and material performances.

** PLUS 10.00 – 02.00 After party at the New Rose, Essex Road, feat DJs: Talking Blood, DJ Grimcox Muskelsirup and SHE’OL

30.09.17 | 15.00 – 18.00
BLOB
Feat: Darren Banks, Benedict Drew, India Harvey, Dane Sutherland and Steven Dickie / Q&A between the exhibition curator Laura Dee Milnes & Dr Joe Graham, Falmouth University

An afternoon of discussion and screenings of artists’ shorts and excerpts from creature features harbouring the slimy and gooey, followed by a screening of a blobby classic…

01.10.17 | 15.00 – 17.00
GOO
Led by: Charlotte Quartermaine and Laura Dee Milnes

A family day amidst the exhibits with artists from the show leading activities based on goo, slime and gunge. Suitable for children all ages, accompanied by parents or guardians. Drop in – no need to book.

Image above: I WANT MY IDEAL PASTE promo image, by Laura Dee Milnes

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