floating world  

About the exhibition

Always Untitled, Kaz
SIngle video projection installation
with 3 mirrorballs and motors

The title of the exhibition, floating world, is a literal translation of a Japanese word ‘ukiyo’, alluding to the nature of this world where everything is fleeting, as if floating away on a river. The word also refers to the everyday life and the pleasure-seeking aspects of the Edo-period of Japan (1600-1867) with its understanding and even acceptance of transience, where one is led to an attitude of defiance.

In the present day, as the technological advancement gathers pace and provides us with means to transcend time and space more easily and rapidly, the fluid nature of the world is becoming more apparent, presenting us with an increasing sense of uncertainty. An exploration of the ideas associated with ‘ukiyo’ or the floating world seems relevant and timely under such circumstances.

In order to reflect the theme of impermanence, the exhibition will transform over the course of six weeks with the format and the exhibited works changing every two weeks.

Each part will engage with different aspects of the ideas presented by the term ‘ukiyo’, including a fundamental transient state underlying the everyday, as well as the implication of such a state on our subjectivity and our responses to it. Another aspect which will be addressed is the effect of impermanence on the notion of time, both linear and non linear.

Always Untitled, a site specific video installation work using the white noise of an analogue television and rotating mirrorballs will be exhibited in the first two weeks, providing a constantly shifting immersive visual landscape. The use of mirrorballs in the space suggests both cosmic transience and hedonistic pleasure.

Nozomi, Kaz and Peter Jaeger
Stills from two-channel video

In the following two weeks, a two-channel video projection work, Nozomi, made in collaboration with the poet, Peter Jaeger, will provide the main focus. The work introduces movement, which is both linear and cyclical, in the form of a train journey and the constant stream of text running across the bottom of the screen, which raises the question of where the movement is taking us.

Stefano W. Pasquini
installation view of The End of the 90's and the Impressionists, Melepere, Verona, (detail)


US0901, Stefano W. Pasquini
Rock, tape and santino, 29 x 27 x 38cm
  US1205, Stefano W. Pasquini
Mixed media, 14 x 5 x 5 cm

The final phase of the exhibition will be in the form of a two person exhibition. The Italian artist, Stefano W. Pasquini, based in Bologna, is invited to exhibit a selection of works made using a wide range of media in response to his experience of every day life. These will be exhibited alongside Kaz’s untitled minilmalist, site-specific installation work consisting of sheets of A4 paper and UV lighting. These two contrasting styles of work provide an insight into different ways of attempting to impose order on reality.

Untitled (315), Kaz
A4 paper and UV lighting

The exhibition will be accompanied by various events, related to the theme of transience. There will be performances on each of the three opening nights by Lisa Skuret, Holly Pester, Peter Jaeger and Stefano W. Pasquini. In addition, S.E. Barnet will be reader in residence during the exhibition period, reading work related texts on request.

Kaz lives and works in London, exhibiting both in the UK and abroad. Solo exhibitions include: multiplicity (2009) and moving still (2007) both at the Kingsgate Gallery; and UK 06 (2006), which toured to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, Japan. Recent group exhibitions include: Time Capsules and Conditions of Now at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012); Bury Text Festival, UK (2011); and Curioser and curioser at the Old Vic Tunnels, London (2010).

Peter Jaeger is a Canadian poet, literary critic and text-based artist living in the UK. His published work includes The Persons (2012) and Rapid Eye Movement (2009). A critical monograph on John Cage is scheduled to be published in September 2013.

Stefano W. Pasquini is an artist/curator/writer living in Bologna, Italy. He employs wide range of media as a way of making social commentary on the proliferation of ‘non-sense’ and contradictions that he experiences on a daily basis. He has exhibited extensively innternationally. Recent exhibitions include: Glupo, Galerija Siz,Rijeka, Croatia (2012); The End of the 90s and the Impressionists, Melepere, Verona, Italy (2010); and Power to the people, Feature Inc., New York (2010).