Ambika P3, in collaboration with CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) and UCA research presented a major exhibition of work by the filmmaker and artist, Catherine Yass, in the underground space of Ambika P3 London, from 21 October to the 20 November 2021. Entitled FALLING AWAY, this was a large-scale exhibition of Yass’ body of film and video installation work and was exhibited in tandem with a symposium and a series of talks and presentations.
FALLING AWAY brought together eight of British artist Catherine Yass’s vertiginous film installations at London’s Ambika P3 in her biggest exhibition to date. Spanning the past two decades, the show included a new work made in response to the impact of COVID-19 and global warming. In the vast subterranean spaces of Ambika P3, viewers experienced the dizzying and disorientating effects of Yass’s films, which portray architecture in a state of construction, abandonment or demolition.
Falling Away was co-curated by film-maker and Ambika P3 curator Michael Mazière and Davide Deriu, Reader in Architectural History & Theory. An exhibition catalogue, available free of charge in print to audiences and open access on-line, comprises essays by art writers, historians, and critics as well as by the curators.
The exhibition reflected closely the original aims of the project. This body of work engaged with verticality in ways that provoked us to think about the conditions of social as well as spatial instability in which we currently live. We worked collaboratively to achieve our aims and through this process went beyond them. What began as more of a survey of Yass’ work and a critique of verticality in architecture became something more visceral and psychologically affecting, which engaged with verticality in the built environment at a fundamental level. We succeeded in realising the physical exhibition at a difficult time. Initially scheduled for June 2020, the exhibition was postponed to June 2021 due to Covid restrictions, then after a further delay it eventually opened on October 21st.
On the first day of the exhibition (22 October), we held a cross-disciplinary symposium at the University of Westminster’s School of Architecture + Cities which brought together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines to discuss the agency of falling in contemporary culture. Based on a series of conversations moderated by chairs, the symposium offered a unique range of perspectives on the issues of verticality, gravity, and balance addressed by the exhibition, drawing from visual and performance arts as well as architecture, geography, psychology, and engineering.
|Keywords||VERTIGO ART CONCRETE ARCHITECTURE FALLING CURATION|
|Year||21 Oct 2021|
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|Project||VERTIGO – Falling Away|
|Funder||Arts Council England|
|Web address (URL)||https://cream.ac.uk|