EXHALE: the event
by virtual migrants
national publication launch, multimedia music performance, video, poetry, installation and photography exhibition
presenting 5 years of video, music and electronic art engaging with asylum and migration in a new world order
with artists Keith Piper / Ma Haili / Kooj Chuhan / 4-D / Aidan Jolly / Jilah Bakhshayesh / Miselo Kunda / Iseult Timmermans / Basharat Khan / plus guests Tony Openshaw & Ivine Moyo
Friday 23rd March 2007
at The Green Room www.greenroomarts.org
54-56 Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5WW tel 0161-615 0500
5pm installations 7pm publication launch with acoustic set (free)
tickets: £9 / £6 concessions (for Passenger only, other events are free)
On one single night virtual migrants celebrate and present a range of the work produced over the last 5 years, from the ground-breaking Terminal Frontiers exhibition to their variant musical collaborations (including the amazing 4D). Created with and by a range of artists and collaborators across the UK from Glasgow to Plymouth, these works deconstruct the polemical and varying experiences of asylum in a globalised post-9/11 world, colliding documentary realism with poetic imagination, the personal with the epic, and including the unmissable Passenger performance.
· the new “PASSENGER” multimedia art/live music performance
with the award-winning hip-hop group 4-D from Glasgow, acclaimed visual artist Keith Piper, Chinese opera singer Ma Haili, video-media artist Kooj Chuhan and musicians Aidan Jolly and Jilah Bakhshayesh. Plus guests Tony Openshaw and Ivine Moyo.
Passenger takes us on a journey of juxtapositions, statements and pan-global relations across the human borders that burn us, using both lyrical rhythm and visual collision. A rare and must-see artistic collaboration weaving a narrative which involves a Chinese opera performance responding to projected poetry performed by Tang Lin and Khasrow Mustafa, selected short film works, live vj-art, intelligent improvised acoustica and songs, and of course the amazing 4D. Special guests and frontline asylum activists/support workers Tony Openshaw and Ivine Moyo create an additional layer of visual discussion while the bands play within a multi-screen installation around the performance.
· Launch of the new "EXHALE" publication
consisting of DVD, audio-CD and two booklets with 40 pages of essays, images and contexts, on sale at a reduced price for this night only! Otherwise available to purchase online NOW for just £15.99 - full details at www.virtualmigrants.com/exhale.
3 free copies of Exhale to be given away on the night
· two photographic exhibitions (more info below)
Miselo Kunda's "Floating Footprints" (including new work) and selected work from "Multi-Story" a Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) project by photographers Iseult Timmermans and Basharat Khan, on display from 6th-26th March
· Keith Piper's "Local-Stranger" installation shown for the first time in Manchester
· EXHALE selected video works on the Big Screen, Exchange Square, Manchester 17th-23rd March
www.silkphotography.co.uk (for miselo kunda)
Supported by Arts Council England, The Bigger Picture, The Green Room, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK), and Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow).
The following two exhibitions are on show at the Green Room from 6-26 March 2007:
photographs by Miselo Kunda, Manchester, UK
Floating Footprints explores a visual parallel between dreams of domestic virtue with hopeful expectations of a new life, through migration and the silhouettes of the disturbing actualities of the nightmare they are escaping and entering.
The use of toys and portraiture deliberately evoke the deception experienced in the relationship between truth and fiction. The reality of both concepts within the narrative reinforces the perplex experience when people’s lives are played with.
The use of repetitive themes of emotional content with two completely different genre of photography reiterates the questions explored in the ‘What If I’m Not Real’ installation. These themes influenced the undercurrent when developing new visual paradigms in the Floating Footprints collection. These 8 pieces are the beginning of a new body of work that will continue to grow with the Virtual Migrants movement within the asylum and migration experiences.
The truth depicted by the Floating Footprints collection is highly controlled and manipulated, a tight almost ‘military grip on aesthetics’. The illusion is that the reality seldom conforms to our understanding of truth.
photographs by Iseult Timmermans and Basharat Khan, Glasgow, UK
A selection of photographic works from this collaborative arts project run by Street Level Photoworks with refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow.
Multi-Story is an evolving long-term project, aiming to engage people in creative exchanges that explore issues raised by forced migration and displacement. It also aims to initiate lasting pathways of creative dialogue across communities.
The selection of work on show formed part of a larger touring exhibition produced in 2005 to accompany the launch of www.multi-story.org
The project celebrates the cultural traditions bought to Glasgow through the refugee community and also establishes forums for an exchange of ideas and experiences.
Artists involved in the project: Iseult Timmermans (photography, exhibition production and project coordination); Lindsay Perth (digital media introductions and website design), Basharat Khan (photography).
Multi-story continues to develop through an extended partnership network and new activity is due to begin in March 2007 within the Red Road housing estate in Glasgow.