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TERMINAL FRONTIERS:  A Touring Exhibition 2002 – 2005
manchester - cardiff - glasgow - derby - london - plymouth

Terminal Frontiers : tour schedule and updates

virtual migrants are touring the exhibition, Terminal Frontiers, to enable audiences to explore and aesthetically engage in dialogues with the subject of asylum and globalisation in the UK, away from media didacticism.  Aesthetic development represents a shift forward from the politicised speaking-out dialogues of many emerging movements in the 80s, and responds to far more sophisticated arguments and imperialist relationships as have developed around the turn of this new millennium.  The exhibition shows new artworks incorporating digital, interactive and video art forms by Keith Piper, Kuljit ‘Kooj’ Chuhan and Aidan Jolly, together with a diverse range of artists and collaborators, such as Tang Lin, Hafiza Mohamed, Miselo Kunda-Anaku and Jilah Bakshayesh.

Terminal Frontiers launched at Castlefield gallery, Manchester  12 September - 13 October 2002.  

Subsequently it was shown at:

The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) New Media Lounge, London  4 - 26 October 2002.  Exhibited scaled down for screen-based priority.

The British Council's "A Sense Of Place" international conference, Cardiff  24th - 27th November 2003 .

Terminal Frontiers has continued to develop opportunities for original and innovative works and virtual migrants is pleased to announce new interactive artwork by Keith Piper entitled ‘(delete where appropriate): Local/Stranger’. This work is a new development to the exhibition and will premiere at the forthcoming dates of the tour, as part of an ongoing series that originated from the piece ‘Stranger’.

continuing to tour in full scale to:
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow    24 August - 2 October 2004
Q Gallery, Derby   
9 October – 20 November 2004
Watermans, London
(Brentford)    20 January – 6 March 2005
Plymouth Arts Centre   
12 March – 23 April 2005
Full location and contact details - see further below.  A series of events, performances, and educational activities will accompany the tour – please consult with the relevant venue for further information.

"evocative, metaphorical and at times quite poetic" - Robert Clark, The Guardian
"this memorable and passionate show in which art practice, education and politics are inseparable" - Nicky Bird, Art Monthly
"digital art works return humanilty to where you'd not even realised it had been lost" Ruth Hedges, The List
"brilliantly executed...downright with the potential to engage us on deeper levels" - Tim Birch, City Life

tour news, collaborative productions and updates:

Alongside the continuing range of reviews within the arts press (Art Monthly, The Guardian Guide, Artists Newsletter, and Mute among others) there has been coverage of the educational collaborations in papers such as Sec Ed, TES and online at The Guardian, IRR's website amongst others, particularly looking at the debates and meanings of the work when in direct interaction with tough cross-sections of school kids.  The regressively poor and eurocentric review in MUTE lends us an unexpected opportunity to deconstruct such liberal readings of the work (even when presented in this radical guise), and we aim to publish such an article in the near future.  Having been profiled and reviewed in , 

Further collaborative works have been produced since Glasgow where various additional works were shown at the Document 2 International Festival.  VM artists Kooj and Aidan worked at Glasgow's Red Road flats with various refugee people and also other locals, and one of the outcomes was a video documentary entitled "Surviving In Shawbridge" about the daily racist violence received by a teenage music group called "4-D", comprising Iranian, Zimbabwean,  Armenian and Sri Lankan members.  Completed in just four days, this was shown at the Glasgow UGC as part of Document 2 on the day it was completed.  After completing this, a further video production "No Dogs" and some killer music tracks and textural audio interviews have now been completed from the same Glasgow leg of the journey. 

In Derby, a video collaboration with local artists seeking asylum "The Road Home" has been produced, along with an interactive multimedia exploration of a future border-segmented Derby entitled "Sector 17" which was created at Duffield Road PRU assisted by local artist Sophie Powell.  All of these will be included on the next bumper edition of the artists' DVD for the tour (see below), ONLY available at the gallery during the exhibition.  A further collaboration took place between Aidan and Jilah with local avant-garde jazz vibraphone player Corey Mwamba on the opening preview night, when normally Aidan and Jilah play live music as accompaniment to the "What If I'm Not Real" installation.  In addition, funded by Decibel for Q Arts, emerging artist Julius Ayodeji was commissioned to create a work in response to Terminal Frontiers and hence his piece "The Times Grow Worthy Of Our Voice" was exhibited alongside the Terminal Frontiers exhibition.  virtual migrants also played a key role in looking at political expression by refugee artists at Derby's Long Journey Home event on 20th Nov intended to develop future possibilities and directions for this complex creative sector.

At Watermans there was an additional set of photographs by Miselo Kunda on show, based on the "What If I'm Not Real" installation and especially created for Terminal Frontiers, and this has continued at Plymouth Arts Centre.  Kooj and Aidan conducted a series of production-based workshops with female students from West Thames College resulting in the creation of the poetic short film "I Think I Know You", involving snatches of Somali, Kurdish and Seychelles Creole within an extraordinary riverscape view of West London in which three women in search of missing photo fragments find some resolution though a chance befriending with each other.  

In Plymouth there will be a shorter but more intensive period of production involving local refugee artists along with other and local people including from migrant and non-migrant backgrounds.  These add to the considerable number of works produced already during the tour which have now formed a discrete project in its own right and which collectively draw out a range of real experiences and expressions of people hidden from even the fringes of the mainstream.  Most of these are summarised at and many will be included on the next edition of the artists' DVD for the tour (see below), ONLY available at the gallery during the exhibition.

forthcoming tour schedule:

24 August – 2 October 2004
Street Level Photoworks
26 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QP Scotland
T: +44 (0)141 552 2151

9 October – 20 November 2004
Q Gallery
35-36 Queen Street, Derby, DE1 3DS
T: +44 (0)1332 295 858

20 January – 6 March 2005
40 High Street, Brentford, London, TW8 0DS
T: +44 (0)20 8232 1010

12 March – 23 April 2005
Plymouth Arts Centre
38 Looe Street, Plymouth, PL4 0EB
T: +44 (0)1752 206 114

Further venues also awaiting confirmation, and exhibition enquiries welcome: info[a]