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Project has commissioned Paul O’Neill to curate the exhibition ‘La La Land’ which brings together a range of international contemporary practice.

La La Land is an exhibition without a theme. It is a show about being out of it, beyond the exhibition as a unifying structure. The works have there own internal logic and have been selected not for their similarities but for their differences so that each takes on a particular role within the spectrum of the whole. While they are situated in the gallery and carefully designed for the different planes of the space, they exit the white cube by consciously referring to an elsewhere. For example:

FLOOR Liam Gillick’s ‘Discussion Island Preparation Zone’ is a glittering gallery floor that conjures up the atmosphere of déclassé glamour and the sociability of a disco.

WALLS Ronan McCrea’s temporary street architecture ‘Appropriate Measures II’ is placed into the white cube and becomes the replacement wall for Jaime Gili’s selection of artists’ fly-posters. Lothar Götz’s bright geometric wall paintings mimic the ambitious scale of public murals; and the array of pin heads stuck into David Blamey’s mounted ‘Celestial Notice Boards’ read like the sky at night.

CEILING Meanwhile up above, the ceiling is turned into an area of free form pattern and decoration by Kathrin Böhm’s pasted up posters. From her on-going project 'millions and millions', Böhm will select posters from her archive of prints to produce a slight intervention in the gallery that is both pictorial collage and spatial transformation.

ARCHIVE Other works in the exhibition exit the space via the detailed cataloguing of an ‘elsewhere’ that forms the subject of an archive. The curatorial duo, B&B will against organise a workshop in archiving, which will take place on June 17th in Project. Valley Vibes, conceived by Jeanne van Heeswijk, in collaboration with Amy Plant is an urban research project containing a mobile sound system, which was used by individuals and organisations in the Lea Valley area of London. Hundreds of hours of audio material generated by the users was collected over a period of four years.

FILMS Nearby Anthony Gross's animated film ‘Crowd Roar Ascending’ is a virtualised dystopic narrative, produced using 3D game software and digital props purchased from on-line communities.

La La Land is kindly supported by the British Council.


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La La Land
Kurator: Paul O´Neill

mit B+B , David Blamey, Kathrin Böhm, Jaime Gili, Liam Gillick, Lothar Götz, Anthony Gross, Ronan McCrea, Amy Plant, Jeanne van Heeswijk (Valley Vibes)