Featuring Eddie Peake (UK), LuckyPDF (UK), PsychoanalYSL (UK), Soda_Jerk (AUS)
Curated by Alana Kushnir
28 August – 15 September 2012
Opening Tuesday 28 August 6 – 8 pm
TV Dinners is an exhibition that positions itself on the troublesome line which separates the online and offline realms. It distances itself from a number of recent institutionally-driven exhibitions – such as ‘Changing Channels’ at Museum of Modern Art, Vienna (MUMOK) in 2010, ‘Are You Ready for TV?’ at The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in 2010 – 2011 and ‘Remote Control’ at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London in 2012 – each of which surveyed the history of the use of television as a reference and a mode by artists, with little or no concern for the flourishing relationship between television and the internet.
TV Dinners will present recent works by young British and Australian artists and art collectives whose practices are shaped by this relationship. Episodes originally broadcast live from the Frieze 2011 Art Fair and produced specifically for the internet by LuckyPDF will be featured, as well as a new digital video by Soda_Jerk, which reworks an iconic film clip for a Bob Dylan sound track with the titles of popular internet memes. PsychoanalYSL have replaced the space within the exhibition for the presentation of their work with media space. On their behalf, a curatorial co-conspirator has sold this media space to brands operating in Australia for the advertisement of their products and services. Documentary footage of a performance by Eddie Peake which incorporates projections of the artist’s old home video footage will also be featured.
These works will be animated in the gallery spaces of BUS Projects through the replication of the home living environment. Visitors will be encouraged to sit back and relax on couches and even order and eat takeaway food. Within this setting, the artists’ and art collectives’ elaborations on the creative force of nostalgia and its influence on contemporary culture will come to the fore.
Alana Kushnir (born 1985, Melbourne) is an independent curator living and working in London, where she is undertaking a Masters of Fine Art – Curating at Goldsmiths. Alana graduated from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in both a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) and a Bachelor of Law. Previously, she was a practicing lawyer at Australia’s pre-eminent law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where she specialised in intellectual property and trade practices law. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Acoustic Mirrors’, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012) and ‘Paramergers & Curaquisitions’, whichwill be published in the forthcoming issue of the contemporary art journal, Discipline. Currently, she is a co-curator of the Fourth Plinth Exhibition at the ICA, London, which will open in December this year.
Eddie Peake (born 1981, London) lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2006 and is currently undertaking an MA in Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Recent solo exhibitions displaying his work in sculpture, painting, performance and photography include Amidst a Sea of Flailing High Heels and Cooking Utensils, part 1, Tate Modern, The Tanks, London (2012); Call 2 Arms, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2012), DEM, Cell Project Space, London (2012); Boydem, Mihai Nicodim, Los Angeles (2011); The Loving Clutches of My Hands, Southard Reid, London (2011) and Double Negative, Christopher Crescent, London (2011).
LuckyPDF is an artists’ group that has been active in Peckham, South-East London since 2009. They are James Early, John Hill, Ollie Hogan and Yuri Pattison (all b. 1986). Working collaboratively with an ever-changing network of artists, they produce online television programmes, internet interventions and live events. Recent projects include The Conservatory, Barbican Centre, London (2011) and LuckyPDF TV, Nottingham Contemporary (2011). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Wake up and wait for the Sun to Rise’, Westspace, Melbourne (2012) and ‘Remote Control’, ICA, London (2012). Lucky PDF produced a project commissioned by the Frieze Foundation for the Frieze Art Fair, London (2011). During the course of the Fair LuckyPDF invited over 50 artists to show and produce new work for a series of live daily broadcasts.
PsychoanalYSL is a London and Berlin-based research-led artist and DJ collective founded in 2011. They are Joey Holder (born 1979 Epsom, UK), Benjamin Orlow (born 1984, Finland) and Christopher Kulenran Thomas (born 1979, London), all of whom have recently graduated from Goldsmiths with Masters of Fine Art. PsychoanalYSL absorb and exaggerate art’s recurring excesses and vacuities, taking hipness as a form to produce a prosthetically hip, super-contemporary Mega-Art. Recent exhibitions organised by PsychoanalYSL include ‘A Memorial to Darren D Fluke’, Peckham Hotel, London (2011); ‘I Did it My Wei Wei’, Ceiling Space, Chongqing, China (2011) and ‘The Emaciated Spectator’, Apiary Gallery, London (2011).
Soda_Jerk is a Sydney-based two-person art collective who work with found material to trouble existing formulations of cultural history. Taking the form of video installations and video performance lectures, their archival image practice merges the zones of research, documentary and speculative fiction. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Like’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2012) and recent video performance lectures include The Carousel, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Serial Space, Sydney and University of Technology Sydney (2012). Their work has been screened at Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago (2012); Other Cinema, San Francisco (2012); RAW Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada (2012) and the Node Centre, Berlin (2012). In 2011 they received the Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship. They are currently undertaking a 12 month studio residency in New York.