The London Open: Live


  • London Open Live 2015

    The studio of Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Maryam Eisler, courtesy TransGlobe Publishing Ltd

Past Event

This event was on Thur 30 July, 6.30 – 10pm

London Open Artists Select

We asked our exhibiting artists to choose songs that share an affinity with their artwork for our cafe and pop up bar in gallery 3, the result is this eclectic mix of classical, electronic, techno, rock and indie music.

A dynamic evening of performance and debate with artists from The London Open 2015.

The event begins with a discussion on the pros and cons of residencies, with exhibiting artist Sam Curtis, curator Rachel Marsden, and Eisler Curator & Head of Curatorial Studies, Daniel F Herrmann. There is then a screening curated by Dominic Watson, followed by performances, including a restaging of Corpus Sonus (2012) by Sam Belinfante, with Musarc; a hypnotic event newly conceived by Salvatore Arancio; performances by Gaia Fugazza and Frances Scott; and works activated throughout the exhibition spaces.

We’re also hosting a pop up bar in Gallery 3 with film screenings and a curated playlist from the London Open artists.

Please be aware that Salvatore Arancio’s performance involves strobe lighting. Seating in Gallery 2 will be limited and on a first come first served basis.

Panel discussion organised by students from The Cass, London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery MA Curating the Contemporary course.

Us swerve between us by Alex Baczynski-Jenkins will now take place on Thursday 3 September.


IN TRANSITION: the artistic and curatorial residency

Panel discussion on the pros and cons of residencies, with exhibiting artist Sam Curtis, curator Rachel Marsden, and Eisler Curator & Head of Curatorial Studies, Daniel F Herrmann, organised by curators from Limitaction project.

Social Dances

Curated by Dominic Watson, this screening of shorts explores movement, gesture and music, including  Amber Ablett’s Being Bruce, Sophie Lisa Beresford’s Pizza Shop Dance, Mel Brimfield’s He Hit Me and It Felt Like A Kiss, work by Isabel Lewis, and  Adrian Piper’s Funk Lessons. With an introduction by the artist.

Corpus Sonus (2012) by Sam Belinfante, with Musarc.

For Belinfante’s performance, Musarc sing William Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus (1605) into dictaphones. Moving to different positions in the space the performers play their recordings, filling the gallery  with the haunting arrangement and creating the piece anew.

Inside the book, an everchanging spectacle unfolds. A performance by Frances Scott, with Phil Coy.

MIND AND BODY BODY AND MIND. A hypnotic new commission by Salvatore Arancio (please note this performance involves strobe lighting).

Gaia Fugazza‘s performance will take place in Galleries 1, 8 & 9 throughout the evening.

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