This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect

9 February to 26 March 2017

Gallery House

Exhibition Road

London

August 1973

 

Photograph by Reza Modjabi

 

Gallery House was one of London’s most influential and extraordinary art spaces in the 1970s, directed by Sigi Krauss with assistant director Rosetta Brooks. For only sixteen months in 1972-73, in a vacant mansion provided by the German government next to the German Institute in South Kensington, Gallery House hosted exhibitions, residencies, performances and events as well as pioneering ‘expanded cinema’ and much new film and video work. For many of the featured artists Gallery House would prove a formative experience.

 

Gallery House favoured heterogeneity, colliding the multiplicity of forms and styles co-existing at the time, from performance and experimental cinema to cybernetic, social and conceptual practices. Ultimately, the radical nature of Gallery House’s programme led to its abrupt and contested closure by the German Institute.

 

This Way Out of England seeks to emulate the spirit of Gallery House by inviting a number of artists to rethink their original interventions in the space. The episodic nature of this project acknowledges the impossibility of framing what was an ephemeral experiment. The project is curated by Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury.

 

9 February, 10pm – 12 February, 10pm 

Stuart Brisley, continuous performance

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, 'belated opening', with Lola and Adrien 

 

In the galleries:

Maya Balcïoglu and Stuart Brisley, Gustav Metzger

 

17-19 February

David Medalla, A Stitch in Time

John Dugger, Ergonic workshops

Film programme based on A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain Part 3 (organised with LUX): Ian Breakwell, John Du Cane, Stephen Dwoskin, Peter Gidal, David Hall and Tony Sinden, Mike Leggett, Bill Lundberg, Denis Masi, Anthony McCall, Stuart Pound, William Raban and Carolee Schneemann.


In the galleries:

George Brecht, John Dugger, Robert Filliou, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger 

 

24–26 February

Düsseldorf discussion, with Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze

Graham Stevens, presentation

Centre for Behavioural Art, round table


In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, John Dugger, Düsseldorf Film Group (curated by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze), Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art

 

3–5 March

Victor Burgin, Now and Then, in discussion with Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury

Filmaktion – Gill Eatherley, Malcolm Le Grice, Annabel Nicolson and William Raban – curated by Mark Webber

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, John Dugger, Düsseldorf Film Group (curated by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel and Max Schulze), Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Stephen Willats and the Centre for Behavioural Art

 

10–12 March

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 March, 6.30pm, Anthony McCall, slide performance,  Streaks, 1972

Saturday 11 March & Sunday 12 March, Carlyle Reedy’s Museum of Living Thought


In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats/Centre for Behavioural Art

 

17–19 March

Saturday 18 March

4pm: History or Not: Addressing Omissions in the Retelling of Art's Stories. With Felicity Allen, Sonia Boyce, Amy Budd, Susan Hiller, Antony Hudek, Hilary Robinson and Alex Sainsbury, chaired by Alexandra Kokoli. A discussion about how curatorial and art historical work can address and redress the marginalisation of artists of colour and women artists in the recent past; and how curatorial and scholarly reconstructions of the past can make up for its omissions without sacrificing accuracy.


Sunday 19 March

4pm: Three Films by Stephen Dwoskin, introduced by Rachel Garfield. Soliloquy (1964, 8 mins), Just Waiting (1975, 10 mins) and Me, Myself, I (1967, 18 mins)

5pm: The Avant-Garde in Britain? Round table with Peter Berry, Jon Bird, Rachel Garfield, Lucy Reynolds, Paul Wood and Kevin Wright, chaired by Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury. Borrowing from the title of Rosetta Brooks' exhibition at Gallery House, this panel will consider the idea of the avant-garde in Britain in the early 1970s, particularly in relation to conceptual art and film.

6pm: Sigi Krauss, Founder/Director of Gallery House, and Lisa Reneé Newman, in conversation with Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury via Skype.

 

In the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Darcy Lange, Gustav Metzger, Anthony McCall, Newport Group (Peter Berry, Paul Wood, Kevin Wright), Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats / Centre for Behavioural Art

 

24–26 March, Final Weekend

Saturday 25 March:

John Latham, Object Lectures, live performances, written while Latham was based at Gallery House and not performed since 1973, curated by Gareth Bell-Jones

Sunday 26 March:

Screening of Resistance (1976) by Ken McMullen. McMullen’s work was included in both the film and video programmes of A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain at Gallery House. Resistance includes experimental performances by Stuart Brisley and Marc Camille Chaimowicz.

Finissage discussion with Maya Balcïoglu, Stuart Brisley, Michael Newman and Sanja Perovic


Returning to the exhibition:

Stuart Brisley, Film programme (organised with LUX) based on A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain Part 3


Also in the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Newport Group (Peter Berry, Paul Wood, Kevin Wright), Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats / Centre for Behavioural Art