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Playing Beyond The Ha Ha

Not Yet Night

28th July 2006

A One Night Exhibition Curated by Babak Ghazi

with
Aline Bouvy & John Gillis
Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Karen Cunningham
Michael Fullerton
Gareth Jones
Susanne Oberbeck / No Bra

 

"The human being is this night, this empty nothing, that contains everything in its simplicity - an unending wealth of many representations, images, of which none belongs to him - or which are not present" (Hegel)

Not Yet Night is a one-night exhibition. The work provides its own light, whether it is a desk of publications with a reading lamp, or a video projected on the wall. Negotiating this space we are drawn to and guided by the artworks. Out of the immateriality of the dark we move and locate ourselves in relation to the works. They affirm our presence in the space, our selfhood and agency but only via these relationships. Not Yet Night aims to produce community. It is an intensification of the social event-ness of exhibitions rather than a series of separate, isolated encounters between viewer and artist via artwork.

This Not Yet Night is concerned with appropriation. Everyone appropriates. It is the norm in today’s culture. While most appropriation of the 70s and 80s is said to deny the essential, original self, today’s appropriation works to assert agency within historical, ethical and political pathways. History is navigated, or even the ‘just-past’ (Walter Benjamin), putting objects to work, for the purpose of critique, evocation (an ambiguous presence within the current context), anticipation (releasing the latent, the not-yet of an object or idea) or the performative (formalising our entrance into subjectivity, into signification). Appropriation “mirrors, it anticipates and helps grasp our dark present.

In producing an object a subject is also produced. What subject is produced by appropriation? There cannot be one single position created by appropriation, but the artist who appropriates is one that acknowledges their social existence, knowing that we are always already a product of signification, co-produced by community. Using the world to generate new meanings, and new identities, the encounter with history is more than a semiotic encounter: it is a social one.

- Babak Ghazi

Not Yet Night
installation view

Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth


Installation View

Not Yet Night

Not Yet Night

Not Yet Night