Hackney Transient Art Project (HTAP) is pleased to announce in/flux, an exhibition of new works of art and design exploring everyday experience as a catalyst for critical/creative practice. Presented in a former furniture showroom on the Hackney thoroughfare of Kingsland Rd, in/flux considers ways of living, working and playing in this London borough. The title and many of the exhibition’s themes take their inspiration from Hackney as a place/space in transition. Distinguished by a rich history of class and cultural diversity, the borough is now preparing to host the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. in/flux not only considers customs, habits, mores and other ways of living practiced by local residents over the last fifty years, the exhibition also examines Hackney’s contemporary cultural context as it meshes the histories and imaginaries of artists and/or immigrants from all over the world.

in/flux brings together works by twelve selected artists based in or around Hackney. Juxtaposing sculptures, paintings, graphic design and moving image work, the exhibition resists sweeping generalisations about the area’s cultural identity. The experiences of individual residents are instead explored: how their daily routines, personal recollections, family histories, community activism and so on constitute this part of London. Ten video interviews with selected locals anchor the exhibition, with many of the artists directly referencing these recordings in their artworks. These interviews show individuals, couples, friends and families reflecting on what it is to call Hackney ‘home’.

Combining human geographic and artistic research, in/flux contests normative notions of the ‘group show’ as a dispassionate scheme for exhibiting the work of individual artists and designers. The exhibition instead situates the works and interviews in a larger community of Hackney enthusiasts intent on understanding this complex cultural context through sustained engagement. In addition to the new works and the oral history archive, in/flux will also (re)present research conducted at Pattern Makers for Beginners, HTAP’s contribution to Hackney Wicked 2009 (August 1, 2009). Finally, the exhibition is accompanied by a series of free forums that compliment and further explore issues arising from the project’s development. Full details of the discussion program can be found on the HTAP website. These are open to everyone; divergent perspectives welcome.

Curated by Marsha Bradfield and Miriam Kings, in/flux presents works by Alison Barnes, Marnie Baumer, Matt Blackler, Clemmie James, Matthew Krishanu, Tamara Lesniewska and Kim Alexander, Christine Mitrentse, Barry Gene Murphy, Christoph Steger, Lucy Tomlins and Charlotte Young.

Associated Events:
Private View - Wed 2 Sep 2009, 6-9pm

Forum 1 - Thursday 10 September
Part A: 'in/flux - reflections and process', 6 - 7pm.
Part B: 'The cultural terrain of contemporary Hackney in 2020'

Forum 2 - Saturday 12 September
Part A: 'Collaborations, collectives and everyone else: Hackney-based art and design groups' - 3-4pm
Part B: 'Beyond "Happy Clappy Interactivity": some challenges of socially engaged practice' - 4.30-5.30pm

Further Details:
Buses 67, 149, 242, 243 stop outside the entrance, 55, 48 close by
Old Street tube is a five-minute walk
Liverpool Street is a 15 minute walk or short bus ride away

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