Lecturer’s youth identity art exhibition set to open in Sheffield
‘Cutting Shapes’ will run from Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 18 July at Site Gallery in Sheffield.
Harold said: “The project has come about from an invitation from Site Gallery to work with young people from across the city. From discussions and workshops looking at their relationship with the city and social media, we've created a programme of activity in the gallery, including a pop up recording studio, a photo booth, and we'll be having a performance night with live music and dance on 26th June. The name of show, Cutting Shapes, comes from a recent dance trend, which went viral via YouTube and social media.”
The exhibition involves moving image clips circulating through interlinked friendship groups at speed, developing short-cut communications about ideas and trends, and creating shared reference points. Examining this idea, ‘Cutting Shapes’ includes photography, performance and a curated exhibition of artists’ films and videos, featuring work by Mark Leckey, JJ Stratford and Evan Ifekoya, alongside cult internet finds.
Acting as researchers, curators, producers and artists, the young people have created an experimental space. The exhibition is a live production site, with an interactive recording studio and a webcam photo booth allowing new work to be generated and submitted throughout the duration of the project. These works are edited together to form a dynamic, collaborative exhibition.
Performance and Social Event: Friday 26 June 6-9pm: Harold Offeh, local young people and professional collaborators bring together dance, music and video elements to create a performance inspired by the exhibition.
Public Recording Sessions: Saturdays 20 June, 27 June and 4 July, 1-4pm
Participatory Arts Seminar: Saturday 11 July, 10.30am-1.30pm: What does it mean to collaborate with young people on a contemporary art project? Explore ideas in a seminar with academics, gallery professionals, artists and young people.
Visit www.sitegallery.org for more information or to book for events.
‘Cutting Shapes’ is part of the AHRC Connected Communities Festival, which takes place from 15 – 29 June 2015. The project is an Arts Enterprise collaboration with the University of Sheffield, and forms part of Site Gallery’s young people’s programme which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.