Guyan Porter - THE NEW IMMORTALS - Exhibition Invitation - Friday 19th February 2016 - Brighton

Species - Guyan Porter - 2015
image - Copyright © 2015  - Guyan Porter
For the exhibition 'The New Immortals’ Guyan Porter will present two new pieces of work, Species and De Conditioning Chamber. 
Join us for the exhibition opening of on 

Friday, 19 February 2016, 6 – 8 pm. PHOENIX BRIGHTON
10 - 14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB

"Systems of belief are central to the work of Guyan Porter, whose art takes place across a range of media in ways that respond to site and context. Species purports to be a complete Neanderthal skull, possibly the only complete Neanderthal skull in existence, presented as a relic of our nearest extinct human relative and the earliest known hominin species to engage in symbolic rites of passage. Of course the human skull is also itself an emblem of death or ‘memento mori’, employed by artists since classical antiquity to instil a heightened consciousness of time passing, mortality and the after-life. But how secure is our understanding of where we have come from, let alone where we might be going to next? Like its companion piece, Porter’s De Conditioning Chamber, with its challenging message, seems designed to make us question the basis of what we know and what we believe, using an experimental device housed within a specially designed architectural structure."

Sheila Macgregor - curator and consultant - January 2016

The New Immortals Judith Alder - 2015
image - Copyright © 2015 - Judith Alder

In an age when scientists can create, manipulate and sustain life to an extent once unimaginable, 'The New Immortals' explores our ongoing quest for immortality and offers ten artists' responses to this new paradigm.
'The New Immortals' is an exhibition and research project curated by Judith Alder, presenting new work by artists Judith Alder with Fleur Alston, Murray Ballard, Rachel Cohen, Cat Ingrams, Anna Macdonald, Guyan Porter, Duncan Poulton, Gabriella Sancisi and Angela Smith.
The exhibition runs from 20 Feb - 20 March, open Wed - Sun 11.00am - 5.00pm.

Along with the exhibition there will be series of associated activities. These include: 

  • Symposium: 'Exploring Immortality: Science, Art and Humanities in Conversation'. Presented in partnership with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, this symposium brings together artists, scientists and academics to explore the works and issues in The New Immortals and the value of art/science collaboration in communicating difficult concepts.

  • Five drop in sessions with artist/curator Judith Alder, which take place every Saturday.

  • 'Drawing the New Immortals,' a workshop with artist Angela Smith.

  • 'Going Out' exhibition viewing followed by talk by artist Anna Dumitriu.

  • 'The Prospect of Immortality' book launch with photographer Murray Ballard.

For full details, registration and updates please visit Phoenix Brighton

live forever - Guyan Porter - 2007
image - Copyright © 2007  - Guyan Porter

'The New Immortals' is a project by Judith Alder supported by Arts Council England, the Artists’ Benevolent Fund, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Phoenix Brighton. Thank you to everyone who generously supported the Kickstarter campaign.

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