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Modern Art Oxford's spring exhibition, Transmission Interrupted, looks at how contemporary artists disrupt prevailing forms of registering and representing the world. Featuring the work of over fourteen artists working internationally, the exhibition suggests art's ability to make visible and audible what remains unseen and unheard in a world of constantly shifting social, political and ideological values.

Many of the works in the exhibition are poetic testaments to events and experiences that have a passing or recurring presence in the public domain. Adel Abdessemed's Practice Zero Tolerance (2006) a burned-out car fashioned from black clay is a mute witness to the riots that took place in Paris' working-class districts in 2005. Sislej Xhafa's installations and performances render visible experiences and relationships that are barely recorded. His live performance piece elegant sick bus (2001/9), which involves a group of men pushing a mirrored tour bus through the streets, draws a parallel with the burden imposed by tourism on local populations.

A number of artists in the exhibition offer meditations on fleeting realities in cities and their inhabitants, which are at odds with the impacts of globalisation and heightened public fears and prohibitions. Simryn Gill's uses found materials to create replicas of our material world and her photographic projects map the in-between spaces of borderlands and margins. Jem Cohen's mesmeric film, NYC Weights and Measures (2006), documents New York street life at a time when filming in the city is becoming increasingly controlled due to national security concerns.

Presented in Modern Art Oxford's galleries and in sites in the city, the exhibition is accompanied by a programme of screenings, artists' talks and in conversation events, and a fully illustrated book designed by Åbäke with contributions from Human Rights scholar, Thomas Keenan and poet Mourid Barghouti.

Transmission Interrupted is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Senior Curator, Modern Art Oxford and Gilane Tawadros, independent writer and curator.

Adel Abdessemed / Pilar Albarracín / Yto Barrada / Mircea Cantor / Jem Cohen / Jimmie Durham / Simryn Gill / Julia Meltzer & David Thorne / Lia Perjovschi / Michael Rakowitz / Ernesto Salmerón / Yara El-Sherbini / Sislej Xhafa

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Kuratoren: Suzanne Cotter, Gilane Tawadros

Künstler: Adel Abdessemed, Pilar Albarracin, Yto Barrada, Mircea Cantor, Jem Cohen, Jimmie Durham, Simryn Gill, Julia Meltzer & David Thorne, Lia Perjovschi, Michael Rakowitz, Ernesto Salmeron, Yara El-Sherbini, Sislej Xhafa