Exhibition Dates: Sat 13 – Sat 20 October 2019
Sat 12-6pm/ Wed-Fri 12-5pm
THINGS appear simultaneously as individual auctions on eBay site and a 10-day exhibition.
Artists/Writers taking part:
Julia Lee Barclay-Morton / Beth Barlow / Alexa Jean Barrett / Jacqueline Butler / Chris Byrne / Angus Carlyle / Michelle Crowther / Ash van Dyck / Katie Goodwin / Sadie Hasler / Justin Hopper / Hazel Jones and Millie Shenton-Jones / Laura Keeble / Lizzy Le Quessne / Mark Leahy / Gavin MacGregor / Serenella Martufi / Amy McKenny / Simon Poulter / Lee Rourke / Clara S Rueprich & Udo Grashoff / Joanna Schulte / Emily Tracy / Mare Tralla / Laura Trevail / Becky Walker / Heidi Wigmore
THINGS curated by Tamara Projects
We hoard and surround ourselves with things to remind us of our past and to establish who we are. It’s as if the objects have got a magical power to stop time, keeping our memories alive. But when we are no longer here, forget, or dispose of the object, the web of stories disappears. And the object moves on, via a charity shop or an auction house, gathering a new story for someone else…
Another reason for our obsession with things is the belief that they carry powers and meanings because of whom they belonged to, a collectable pen used by Churchill, for example, a notion that the auction houses have always encouraged and something that goes back to totemism and ancient beliefs.
THINGS is a digital public art project where artists and writers are allocated an object to have for few weeks and they imagine stories for them. These objects are then placed on eBay site for the duration of a standard auction – 10 days, including their new ‘story’, a made up biography.
During that time they are also displayed together in an exhibition at 310 New Cross Road from 12-21 October, as a collection for the first and last time.
After the auction, the objects are sent to their buyers with a print out of the story, unsold lots are relisted until sold. The proceeds from the auction go to the artist.