International Fauna Gallery Launch
Picture This Atelier
Mardyke Ferry Road, Spike Island, Bristol BS1 6UU
Melanie Jackson in conversation with writer, architect and artist Stephen Beasley and Gary Thomas, Animate Projects. Introduced by Zoe Shearman, Director of Relational.
International Fauna is a blast, an anti-anthem, a parade of the animal symbols designated by nation states quick change through a background of digital colour fields. The representations are matched back with their animal call, for the duration of the image - a concrete composition of the absurd. The work delights in these extraordinary attempts to project national values onto an animal form, and in the forms they have taken.
This event is the first gallery screening of the work. Drinks and refreshments provided.
International Fauna is commissioned by Relational and produced with Picture This and Animate Projects as part of the Anti-Bodies contemporary art programme. Anti-Bodies: beyond the body ideal is co-ordinated by Relational, with support from Arts Council England, and granted the London 2012 Inspire mark as part of the Cultural Olympiad. With thanks to Ed Atkins and Katerina Athanasopoulou.