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Opening Thursday 12 March 6.30–9pm
Exhibition continues until 17 May 2015

Beth Collar, Tim Etchells and Anna Uddenberg
Moving image work by Juliette Blightman, Mike Kelley, Malcolm Le Grice, Stuart Marshall, Eléonore Saintagnan and Leslie Thornton

Curated by Fatima Hellberg and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz

 

The Cipher and the Frame started with Peter Greenaway and his 1989 allegorical drama, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover. Through a tightly structured composition, the film stages a series of archetypes in relation to five sets. This exhibition is a homage of sorts, but it is also about a method: a timed exhibition following a score, with overlays, silences and loops, programmed on and played off a Dave Jones sync unit.

The origin of the word cipher is ‘zero’, a void, null. In The Cipher and the Frame there is a return to the aesthetic and political stakes of the removed autonomy: the body double, the persona, the stand in. The exhibition focuses on an approach to representation in which the character is secondary to the framing devices that propel the action forward; devices ranging from the stage and the prop, to the social milieu in which the action is set.

Anna Uddenberg’s sculptural installation It (2011) sets the backdrop for The Cipher and the Frame and draws on her ongoing fascination with the dismembered and deconstructed persona. Tim Etchells’ new commission Spoken Out is an integral part of the exhibition’s score of moving image and sound. This audio work is presented in two chapters in which a single voice occupies a set of six speakers. The voice is both disembodied – seemingly perplexed by its lack of human place – and, at the same time, firmly located in the materiality of speakers and wires which substantially create, make place for, and frame the work. Spoken Out punctuates a score of moving image work by Juliette Blightman, Mike Kelley, Malcolm Le Grice, Stuart Marshall, Eléonore Saintagnan and Leslie Thornton.

Taking place during the opening of The Cipher and the Frame is Beth Collar’s durational performance and live video feed, Hand of Glory, a work that will remain in the space for the duration of the show.

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With special thanks to Valeria Napoleone; Embassy of Sweden, London; Richard Sykes and Penny Mason; LUX; The Approach; John Avery; Connor Linskey; Gasworks; LIMA; SPACE and Whitechapel Gallery for their kind support.

 

The Cypher and the Frame, Cubitt Gallery, March 2015, Installation view 01, Photography by Mark Blower, Courtsey of Cubitt Artists

The Cypher and the Frame, Cubitt Gallery, March 2015, Installation view 02, Photography by Mark Blower, Courtsey of Cubitt Artists

The Cypher and the Frame, Cubitt Gallery, March 2015, Installation view 03, Photography by Mark Blower, Courtsey of Cubitt Artists

The Cypher and the Frame, Cubitt Gallery, March 2015, Installation view 04, Photography by Mark Blower, Courtsey of Cubitt Artists

The Cypher and the Frame, Cubitt Gallery, March 2015, Installation view 05, Photography by Mark Blower, Courtsey of Cubitt Artists

The Cipher and the Frame exhibition installation views. Photography By Mark Blower

Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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