New Spaces, Manchester, November 2017
Curated with Mariana Tsionki
Presented by Edouard Malingue Gallery in collaboration with Magnus Quaife (Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University), HOME, Castlefield Gallery, CFCCA, and University of Salford
‘Polyrhythmia’ is a group exhibition revolving around the continuous global transformation of the urban landscape. Taking place in a shell office space due for development in the heart of Manchester, ‘Polyrhythmia’ brings together international artists connected to Hong Kong, Indonesia and Manchester, in particular João Vasco Paiva (Portugal/Hong Kong), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong), Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong), Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin), Katerina Eleftheriadou (Manchester), Chris Paul Daniels & Sam Meech (Manchester) and Tromarama (Indonesia).
Focusing on the notion of repetition as laid out in Henri Lefebvre’s urban theory, the works relate to construction and development focusing on rhythms of everyday life. Reflecting on the idea that there is ‘no rhythm without repetition in time and in space, without reprises, without returns, in short without measure’ (Henri Lefebvre, ‘Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life’, 2004: 7ff) the exhibition brings together works that point to recurrence, using it as a base to discuss the wider topic of urban development extending itself globally. As such, ‘Polyrhythmia’ builds on our understanding of the term, that is the intermixture of different rhythms that are in constant interaction with one another.
Installation view, ‘Polyrhythmia’, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Great Northern Tower, Manchester, U.K., 2017. Image courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery.