Sisyphus in Retrograde launches at Regent’s Place

Posted by Regent's Place on 05th April 2019 | comments

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This month we welcome the 'Sisyphus In Retrograde' exhibition in 17-19 Triton Street, curated by Aindrea Emelife and Gabriella Sonabend.

The exhibition presents the works of five contemporary artists whose work references ancient knowledge and features sculpture through performance, kinetics and sound. Questioning the symbolism of materials and forms, these artists are linked by their fascination with ritual objects, the point of tension before collapse and the transfiguration of physical forms through the activation of sound, movement and touch. Together they pose questions about possible futures and sustainability within culture and environment.

The artists featured in ‘Sisyphus In Retrograde' include:

  • ADELINE DE MONSEIGNAT who explores the way inanimate objects trigger emotional responses and alter the psychology of built environments
  • HARRISON PEARCE whose installations evoke a metaphorical relationship to familial and societal structures
  • EVY JOKHOVA who explores the invention of tradition, memory, personal histories and relationships through film    
  • SOL BAILEY-BARKER whose kinetic and sonic-sculptures reference a lineage of sacred objects dating from the neolithic axe to contemporary machines
  • NISSA NISHIKAWA whose work involves movement and ritual using glass and ceramic objects to reflect the current crisis in ecology and community

See the exhibition guide here.

You can drop into 17-19 Triton Street to see the artwork Monday-Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm.  

Schedule of events

Book early to avoid disappointment by emailing to reserve a space. All events are free and supported by Arts Council England & British Land.

Exhibition launch | 9 April | 6-9pm   

Opening of 'Sisyphus in Retrograde' exhibition presenting installations by five contemporary artists and live performances by Sol Bailey-Barker & Nissa Nishikawa:

"The Familiar Earth/Tenko no Seisin" performance corresponds with Nissa Nishikawa's new installation, DEN. Movements unveil the architecture of soil renewing objects while transforming the preliminary nature of a ceremonial tea room.

"Divine Elevation Equipment" Sol Bailey-Barker builds a live-sound web using his sculptures as percussive instruments, feeding in pre-recorded sounds, electronic-organ, archive recordings and vocal loops.

Curator's Tour with Aindrea Emelife & Gabriella Sonabend
15 April | 10-11.30am | Book free tickets

Breakfast and tour with the curators discussing the themes behind the exhibition, with artists Sol Bailey-Barker & Nissa Nishikawa present to discuss their work.

An Evening of Performances by Sol Bailey-Barker & Nissa Nishikawa
Thursday 18 April | 7-8pm | Book free tickets

Body Movement Workshop with Nissa Nishikawa
Saturday 20 April | 10am-4pm | Book free tickets

Full day workshop with Nissa Nishikawa. Book free tickets here.

Climate: Changing our Culture, Restoring our Environment
Thursday 25 April | 6.30-7:30pm |  Book free tickets

Join this 40-minute panel discussion followed by an open Q&A, with pioneering biologist & writer Colin Tudge, representatives of Climate Change activist group Extinction Rebellion, artist Sol Bailey-Barker, British Land Head of Campus, Juliette Morgan, environmental activist and entrepreneur Daniel Hudson and curator, Gabriella Sonabend. Find out more or book a free ticket here.

"The Portion" Interactive Dinner with Evy Jokhova
Friday 3 May | 7:30-10.30pm | Book free tickets

A three part meal, talk and open discussion will explore the norms and normativity, asking the questions: how much is too much, how little is too little, who sets the norms and how have these changed over time? All food & utensils are unequally distributed in order for participants to have to barter & share to be able to eat. All food sourced from sustainable farms local to London. Find out more or book a free ticket here.

Closing event
Saturday 4 May | 2-5pm

Drinks & final opportunity to see the exhibition with a Q&A with artists, Evy Jokhova & Harrison Pearce

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Regent’s Place is a 13 acre, fully managed mixed use campus in London’s West End that is currently occupied by over 20,000 workers and residents.

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