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Artist Alexandre da Cunha stands in front of his 60 metre long kinetic sculpture which runs the length of the ticket hall at Battersea Power Station Underground station

Artist talk: Alexandre da Cunha in-conversation with Alessio Antoniolli

Gasworks
155 Vauxhall Street
London
SE11 5RH

Join Alexandre da Cunha and Head of Art on the Underground Eleanor Pinfield in-conversation with Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks to discuss Alexandre’s permanent commission ‘Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset’ at Battersea Power Station, which was unveiled in September 2021.

Stretching 100m and 60m in length, the artwork incorporates two friezes that face each other along the length of the ticket hall. Made using an outdated advertising mechanism – the rotating billboard – Alexandre da Cunha has created a moving sculpture. The artwork was inspired by the former control room at Battersea Power Station and its system of vertical bars that regulated the production and output of electricity into the city. Bringing these resonances together with the daily flow of dawn to dusk, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset refers to cycles, routine, the everyday and eternity.

Join us to hear about the conceptual basis of the work, the challenges of working within a major construction project and to discuss the impact of art in public spaces.

Nearest tube stations are Oval and Vauxhall.
Gasworks is not open to the public on Tuesdays so please ring the buzzer for entry.

Covid Information:
Masks are required for the exhibition space at Gasworks and are strongly encouraged in the common spaces and the participation room. The talk will take place in a room ventilated via doors and windows. Please don’t attend if you are feeling unwell. Please consider taking a Lateral Flow Test before you join us.

Artist’s Talk: Aliza Nisenbaum and Oliver Basciano

In collaboration with Art on the Underground and Contemporary Art Society

Mexican-born and New York-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum will discuss her practice and its relevance to the current political climate in the United States with Oliver Basciano, International Editor for ArtReview.

This event relates to Nisenbaum’s first UK public commission by Art on the Underground, opening on 10 April until September 2019 and Contemporary Art Society’s acquisition of a major new painting by Nisenbaum for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery in 2018.

Influenced by the Mexican mural movement and its depiction of social history, Nisenbaum’s work probes the politics of representation by bringing together often-marginalized or overlooked groups of people to the fore in exquisitely painted portraits. She has continued this practice for her new commission where she was artist-in-residence, living and working in Brixton from 15 December 2018 until 27 February 2019. Through an open call, Nisenbaum then selected 15 members from Transport for London staff from Brixton station and the Victoria line – from train drivers, customer service staff, cleaners – who, over several hours, were individually painted in her studio to create a large-scale group portrait specifically for the entrance of Brixton Underground station.

Through her artistic process, Nisenbaum seeks to transform the traditional artist-sitter relationship by creating works which challenge the hierarchies of portraiture. For her, the process of painting portraits from live sittings is a reciprocal act, one that sets up an ethical encounter in which both participants give their attention and trust, and learn about one another.

Nisenbaum is the second commission in a new series at Brixton, following ‘Remain, Thriving’, 2018, a new site specific work from Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The programme selects artists to respond to the diverse narratives of the murals from the 1980s, the rapid development of the area and the wider social and political history of mural making.

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Family Workshop: Southwark Time Detectives

Join us for a free family art workshop inspired by the giant artwork by artist Linder that wraps the Southwark tube station building. Explore Linder’s artwork using our family trail. Handle objects from the Cuming Collection with Curator Judy Aitkin. Create a 3D collage that connects Southwark’s past with the present day with artist Meera Chauda.

No booking required. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Linder’s commission The Bower of Bliss is on view at Southwark tube station until October 2019.

Platform, 1 Joan Street, South Bank, London, SE1 8BS

Televox

This event will premier Televox: A musical composition built from messages sent between people living and working along the new Northern line extension: Battersea – Nine Elms – Kennington.

Experience this unique performance of the score written for a Duo-Art Pianola and hear from the artist on the making of the work. Join us at:

Battersea Power Station, The Village Hall, Circus West Village, SW8

Pedestrian entrance via Sopwith Way off Queenstown Road

Communications Department

Drawing inspiration from a range of communication methods from the telegram to musical telegraphy, artist Emma Smith proposes new ways in which neighbours and strangers might communicate. Join the artist, invited speakers and musicians in a series of workshops at Tate Exchange.

Saturday 28 January: Signals and Codes explores a historic and contemporary methods of telegraphy

Wednesday 1 February: Gesture and Sound investigates the relationship between movement, sound and meaning through performance and discussion

Thursday 9 February: In Messages in Music explore hidden messages in music and learn how to create musical cryptograms

Sunday 5 March: Hidden Messages and Ciphers is a day long research lab developing new coding systems

Communications Department forms part of Emma Smith’s new project Televox.

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