January 29, 2010 - The Showroom - Emily Wardill’s Game Keepers Without Game
January 29, 2010

Emily Wardill’s Game Keepers Without Game

Emily Wardill
Game Keepers Without Game
Production still
Video, colour, sound, 76 minutes
Image: Polly Braden
Courtesy the artist, Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner, STANDARD (OSLO) and Altman Siegel
© Emily Wardill

Emily Wardill:
Game Keepers Without Game

10 February – 27 March 2010

Preview: 9 February 2010, 7-9pm

63 Penfold St.
London NW8 8PQ
T/F 020 7724 4300


The Showroom presents the London premiere of British artist Emily Wardill’s new work, Game Keepers Without Game, a powerful feature length film based on Life is a Dream (La Vida es Sueño) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. The exhibition will also stage the development of Wardill’s new film, Fulll Firearms.

Game Keepers Without Game
The film translates the 17th century play by Calderón de la Barca into contemporary London; it tells the story of a girl put up for adoption by her family at a young age. When the girl is a teenager her father engineers a way for her to return to the family home, but her destructive response to the objects and people within leads to her being forcibly removed and having to strategise her way back into housing.

Set to a drumming soundtrack which highlights the spatial construction of the narrative, the film has a stark yet glossy aesthetic – the characters and objects are presented as if they are airline food, with no person or object touching another.

Fulll Firearms
The script for a new film will be developed during workshops staged by the artist and The Showroom. A group of actors will work collaboratively to create scenes through improvisation, acting, writing and editing. The developing film will be shown as a work in progress at a special screening on 13 March 2010.

Emily Wardill (b.1977) is a London-based filmmaker. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including solo projects at Spacex, Exeter (2009); ICA, London (2008); Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner, London (2005 and 2006); and STANDARD (OSLO) (2008). Her work has been screened at the Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain; the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and the London Film Festival. In 2008, Wardill was nominated for the Jarman Award and performed Life is a Dream at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2007.

Game Keepers Without Game has been supported by Spacex, Arts Council England, STANDARD (OSLO), De Appel, University of the Arts London and The Showroom. The exhibition at The Showroom is generously supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and Outset.

The Showroom is supported by Arts Council England and members of the gallery’s Supporters Scheme.

For further information please contact Natasha Tebbs: natasha@theshowroom.org or 020 7724 4300.

Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, screenings at 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm

10 – 13 March 2010

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a London-based artist whose projects imaginatively deconstruct sound, in particular the voice and its spatial performance in relation to the city.

In February 2010 Abu Hamdan will work with a group of young people to pursue
the premise that the voice and its mode of delivery are the principal means of legal operations. Over a series of playful workshops and recording sessions Aural Contract will reimagine the multiple voices that both shape the courtroom and leak beyond its walls into the social sphere. An exhibition of the work will take place at The Showroom from 10 – 13 March 2010.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including Model Court at CCA Glasgow, Marches for Artangel Interaction and Moot Points at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Aural Contract is the first commission as part of Communal Knowledge, a pilot programme of participatory projects initiated by The Showroom and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the John Lyons Charity.

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