Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea


Research image for Uriel Orlow’s “The Yellow Fleet” (2010)

September 8, 2010

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea
18 September – 7 November 2010

17 September, 6.30pm

18 September 10am – 5.30pm, at University College London


Curated by Anna Colin (Gasworks, London) and Mia Jankowicz (CIC, Cairo)

Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Goldin+Senneby, Laura Horelli, Melanie Jackson, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Paul McCarthy, Uriel Orlow, Femmy Otten, Christodoulos Panayiotou, João Pedro Vale.

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea is a group exhibition that examines the contested cultural, political, social and economic territories of the sea and the offshore. Focusing on specific events, situations and mythologies attached to past and recent maritime history, the works address power relations at sea and the forms of resistance and survival developed as a response.

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea brings together artists whose works explore topics ranging from colonialism and piracy, to tourism and offshore trading. While not always explicitly referenced in the works, the ship, as the ultimate container and enabler of these activities, histories and relations, stands as the unifying element of the exhibition.

Amongst other works presented is Aryan Death Ship (1983-2010), a video of a 1983 performance by Paul McCarthy, which has been newly-edited and will premiere at Gasworks. The exhibition further includes The Yellow Fleet (2010), a new installation by Uriel Orlow, as well as works by Mathieu K. Abonnenc and Christodolous Panayiotou, shown for the first time in the UK.

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea also takes place offsite through activities including a conference at University College London, a performative talk at London Zoo and screenings at Tower 42 in the City.

For more information please contact info@gasworks.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7587 5202.


Saturday 18 September, 10am-5pm

At University College London (UCL), Medawar Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
This one-day conference brings together speakers from the fields of theory, history, geography, politics and contemporary art to discuss the themes behind the exhibition, based on their own research and perspective.
With Amy Balkin (artist), Angus Cameron (human geographer), Lisa Le Feuvre (curator and writer), Marcus Rediker (historian, writer and activist), Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran of CAMP (artists).

Sunday 19 September, 12pm
Each thing seen is the parody of another, or is the same thing in a deceptive form

At London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY

Artists Goldin+Senneby have asked Dr Angus Cameron to act as their spokesperson for an event at London Zoo. In this talk, Angus Cameron has promised to explain what a 14th century fictional knight and a handful of monkeys in Gibraltar have to do with the construct of state sovereignty and its peculiar states of exception.

Wednesday 20 October, 5-6pm / Thursday 4 November, 5-6pm
SCREENINGS: Looking for Headless (2010)

At Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HN
How do you look for something that isn’t there? Kate Cooper and Richard John Jones take on the role of rookie documentary filmmakers and try to find the middle of nowhere. These screenings provide two opportunities to view Looking for Headless (2010), a documentary commissioned by Goldin+Senneby for the project Headless.

Visit www.gasworks.org.uk for details, locations and bookings.

The exhibition at Gasworks will form the basis of a revised exhibition project at CIC, Cairo, in Spring 2011.

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