image text special

'Midnight Cinema', a Group Show at Harlesden High Street, London

article image; primary-color: #6E6A6B;
Jon Buck, Outside Harlesden High Street, 6 Oct, 2017, 15-20 pm
article image; primary-color: #B2A49B;
Jon Arbuckle, Last-Letter #2
article image; primary-color: #B0ADA8;
Anastatic with Manufactured Since '97
article image; primary-color: #275ED5;
Aycesu Duran, Gently like a river of mandibles, and the parrot's eyelid
article image; primary-color: #718ADE;
Aysecu Duran, U-Turn
article image; primary-color: #B1A9A7;
Bora Akinciturk, Already A Meme
article image; primary-color: #A08979;
Bora Akinciturk, When the Waiter Says Enjoy Your Meal And You Say You Too
article image; primary-color: #A3A195;
(left to right) Jonny Tanna, Made In Malaysia '07 with Eden Mitsenmacher, Somebody Like U On A White Sega Game Gear
article image; primary-color: #AAA7A2;
Jon Arbuckle, The Battle Of Snakes and Ladders
article image; primary-color: #CACAC8;
Jonny Tanna x Thomas Hamen, Manufactured Since '97
article image; primary-color: #DDC9C8;
Lara Joy Evans with Hannah Rose Stewart, Certified Calcium Rod (Detail)
article image; primary-color: #AEA59C;
Roxanne Gatt, Like 2 Dead Lovers In Bed
article image; primary-color: #9C8E6B;
Bora Akinciturk, Choice Cube
article image; primary-color: #8E8B86;
Lara Joy Evans, Tagging Forms Of The Suckling Young
article image; primary-color: #7A7172;
Lara Joy Evans, Tagging Forms Of The Suckling Young
article image; primary-color: #BCB4A9;
Nina The Badger, The Overgrown Vegetation In a Forgotten Section (Detail)
article image; primary-color: #A69C90;
Nina The Badger, The Overgrown Vegetation In a Forgotten Section
article image; primary-color: #938F8C;
Nina The Badger, The Overgrown Vegetation In a Forgotten Section
article image; primary-color: #929991;
Owen Thackeray, Anastatic
article image; primary-color: #4D6B6D;
Super Jon Buck 64
article image; primary-color: #969094;
Tea Strazicic, S.J. Babara 0.3 / Valinia Svoronou, The Celestial
article image; primary-color: #A38F98;
Thomas Hamen x Jonny-Tanna, Snoop Hanging On & Pacified By Dat Chicken Wire
article image; primary-color: #7E8A88;
Valinia Svoronou, The Celestial
article image; primary-color: #695851;
Harlesden High Street, 9 Nov, 2017, 17-43pm

Jonny Tanna presents Midnight Cinema, the first of a chronicle of gallery takeover shows under the banner Harlesden High Street, a project of collaborative activity that utilises and assembles a mix of outsider and emerging artists whose diverse practices are brought together to form a blended participatory occupation of both the gallery and online space.

Midnight Cinema was spawned from a frustration with the slow-drip effects of cultural terror induced by a dirge of contemporary mainstream music and the overt commercialism of video games by gaming companies whose primary concern is please the stockholders by charging monthly fees to enable users to simulate war on an assumed cultural enemy. The project identifies this mainstream cultural indoctrination and contrasts that with nostalgia for a seemingly innocent AV/gaming experience of the recent past. Highlighting a concern for the effect of this onslaught of rampant commercialisation on modern culture, Midnight Cinema wages a battle to dissect and reconstitute contemporary culture, creating a rallying call for change. In a repetitively futile action, which relentlessly prods at the everyday Audio Visual consumer, attempting to guide their transformation towards a high-quality image/sound. Frustration deepening as technology accelerates and quality deteriorates. Bearing witness to an almost criminal complacency that has seen, since the 1990s, VHS recorded badly time and time again (RF cable not S-Video or SCART), quality degraded to the gutter, stereo sound neglected, until eventually resolution meanders to just the trickle of pixels of the low-res renderings of the fast moving Whatsapp / screencap generation.

Pursuing the idea that being self-serving is inherently self-defeating and that art belongs to no-one and everyone, the collaborative aspects that run throughout the project embrace multiple possibilities for the assimilation of new artworks and a fascination with approaching and dissecting the production of group ideas into form becomes apparent through the structure of the exhibition. In a complex overlaying of the content of an artists production, Midnight Cinema exposes itself as a mechanism for coping with the vulnerability of the artistic self by repurposing cultural layering into new forms of content that collaborative platforming enables dialogue between various sub-cultures and generations. Images are re-claimed as the group show becomes a new form of solo presentation, urged on by an archival drive. Artists once admired are talked to, gathered, selected, rejected, then re-selected, in a process of guilt curating that results in a new generative, collaborative form. A single mind cloned through a multitude of bodies, the hive mind springs into action. Endlessly replicating, repurposing and bootlegging.

30.10.17 — 26.11.17

Midnight Cinema features work & collaborations from Bora Akinciturk, Ayçesu Duran, Lara Joy Evans, Roxman Gatt and Jon Arbuckle . Assisted by Nina Coulson Communications by Burkut Kum

Additional Guest collaborators include: Miro Arva, Thomas Hämén, Katya Kan, Rachel Naomi Rollins, Hannah Rose Stewart, Tea Stražičić, Valinia Svoronou, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Owen Thackeray, Eden Mitsenmacher, Victoria Valcheva

With a special performance by Saeideh Yazea

Harlesden High Street

'Access Modes for Encountering Large Industrial Bodies' by Kitty Maria at Het Res

'La ballade des sardines – Die Liebe der Sardinen' by Robert Brambora at Sans tit

'Weathered Shabby Shabby Brenches: Vernal Festivity of the Four Clari' by MRZB at

'Rose Button' by Romain Vicari at Placement Produit, Aubervilliers

'리좀적 주문 Rhizomatic Spell', a Group Show at Kvalitář, Prague

'Die ZWEITE HAND' by Niclas Riepshoff at Stadium, Berlin

'Bit Rot' by Bob Bicknell-Knight at Broadway Studio and Gallery, Letchworth Garde

'ALL ONE' by MYLASHER / Tine Günther at The Complex, Dublin

'Jacques de Bascher', a Group Show at Treize, Paris

'Confusion is next and next after that is the truth' by Jonathan Castro Alejos at

'Dewdrop Toadstool Hopscotch' by Isabelle Adams at Garthim, Mattheissen State Par

Behrang Karimi at Zarinbal Khoshbakht, Cologne

'Selfing' by Elif Saydam at MÉLANGE, Cologne

'From the Xmas Tree of Lucy Bull 2', a Group Show at From the Desk of Lucy Bull,

'Lotosesser' by Ernst Yohji Jaeger at 15 Orient, New York

'Smile, angry lamb', a Group Show Curated by Ilya Smirnov at Daipyat, Voronezh

'Sleep Ambassador' by Joe Greer at Sinkhole Project, Baltimore

Screening: 'Last Page', a clip by Nicholas Matthew Elstran featuring a track from

More