a caelo usque ad centrum
Dena Yago & Laurie Spiegel
Opens Friday 6 June 2014, 6.30–9pm
Exhibition continues until 20 July 2014
a caelo usque ad centrum – from the sky to the centre – is a collaboration between poet and artist Dena Yago and composer and humanist software developer Laurie Spiegel, returning to questions of friendship and exchange, circular forms of communication, self-abnegation and empathy. The exhibition extends from Spiegel and Yago’s individual practices, whilst also developing from exchanges around the more marginal aspects of their work. Spiegel is a feminist, animal rehabilitator and writer whose presence and work over the past forty years has charted a seismic shift in technology, in our relationships to the tools we use, and how these tools have reshaped the lines of creative production. Yago’s recent work as a poet and artist takes on forms of co-habitation, care and a partial relinquishing of agency in involvement with self-organised groups.
Taking the form of newly realised photographs, a video and writings, a caelo usque ad centrum, traces engagements with marginalisation, lines of affinity and survivalism through the ambivalent status and symbol of the urban bird. Yago and Spiegel step in and out of their own exchanges, alongside representations of and reflections on feral pigeons, city ducks and geese, and the spaces of care developed around them by certain groups and individuals. The work exists alongside contributions and materials by the advocacy group London Wildlife Protection (LWP).
A publication with new writings by Yago and Spiegel, alongside writers Isla Leaver-Yap and Kayla Guthrie and contributions by members of the London Wildlife Protection brings together work and reflections on friendship, self-abnegation and fragile spaces of sustenance and survivalism in over-heated and intensively commodified urban centres.
Dena Yago (born 1988, USA) is an artist and writer based in New York City. Her recent exhibitions include Heat Island at Gasconade, Milan (2014) and Distaff at Eli Ping, New York (2014). Yago’s book of poetry, Ambergris, will be published through Bodega Press in 2014. Along with four other artists and writers, she is a producer of the trend forecasting report K-HOLE.
Laurie Spiegel (born 1945, USA) is a New York composer best know for her pioneering work with electronic and computer music and interactive computer software for music, especially her 1970s work at Bell Telephone Labs and her Amiga, Atari and Mac program ‘Music Mouse – An Intelligent Instrument’. Her most recent album, The Expanding Universe, is available on Unseen Worlds Records. Spiegel co-founded New York City Pigeon Rescue Central and is officially a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
With support from The Elephant Trust.
With contributions from Isla Leaver-Yap, Dena Yago, Kayla Guthrie, Laurie Spiegel and London Wildlife Protection.
a caelo usque ad centrum installation views. Photography by Mark Blower.