The Great Medical Disaster, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, 30 November – 10 December 2017
Polyrhythmia is a group exhibition revolving around the continuous global transformation of the urban landscape. Taking place in a shell office space due for development in the heart of Manchester, Polyrhythmia brings together international artists connected to Hong Kong, Indonesia and Manchester, in particular João Vasco Paiva (Portugal/Hong Kong), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong), Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong), Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin), Katerina Eleftheriadou (Manchester), Chris Paul Daniels & Sam Meech (Manchester) and Tromarama (Indonesia). Focusing on the notion of repetition as laid out in Henri Lefebvre's urban theory, the works relate to construction and development focusing on rhythms of everyday life. Reflecting on the idea that there is ‘no rhythm without repetition in time and in space, without reprises, without returns, in short without measure’ (Henri Lefebvre, ‘Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life’, 2004: 7ff) the exhibition brings together works that point to recurrence, using it as a base to discuss the wider topic of urban development extending itself globally. As such, Polyrhythmia builds on our understanding of the term, that is the intermixture of different rhythms that are in constant interaction with one another.
Polyrhythmia is presented by Edouard Malingue Gallery curated with Marianna Tsionki (Research Curator CFCCA, and University of Salford) in collaboration with Magnus Quaife (Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University), HOME, Castlefield Gallery, CFCCA, and University of Salford.
Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Great Northern Tower [Unit 3]. New Art Spaces is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artist development agencies. Making use of temporarily vacant retail, office and light industrial units, New Art Spaces provides opportunities for emerging creatives to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities. Castlefield Gallery currently runs New Art Spaces in Bolton, Leigh, Rochdale and Manchester City Centre.