09.04.2018 - 03.05.2018, Hanover Project, Preston, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
Messy Democracy took place in Hanover Project from 9th–27th April 2018. Throughout this period the gallery was cladded in chipboard, transforming the space into an arena of live art production, curated by a democratically elected steering group of students. The exhibition then functioned as a space of student-led learning and making (conceived in the widest possible sense) that ran parallel to the Department of Fine Art. However, we also conceived of the form of the exhibition as a critique of the conventional group / degree show and as such, wanted it to prioritise ‘difference over uniformity, flows over unities, mobile arrangements over systems’ (Foucault in Deleuze and Guattari 2003: xv).
We invited proposals from staff or students across the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries, for works to be created or exist within this space over the period of the exhibition. Some works were only displayed for a single day of the exhibition, and each work had to be installed in such a way that it co-existed with other works in an ethical relation. This ethical relationship was negotiated between relevant artists. Works were installed after previous artistic interventions into the space, traces of which still remained. Therefore, artists had to navigate the presence of others within the space to realise their activity. The result was an interlinking of diverse activity and a dynamic of curatorial response between activities.
Messy Democracy Timetable
Ongoing (distributed throughout the exhibition programme)
Richard Hudson-Miles - Daily postcard works
Andy Broadey - Office in Hanover Project
Shonagh Short - School of maintenance art – Durational performance referencing Mierle Laderman Ukeles)
Julie Mayer - Drop in paint workshops
Janet Pickering - Diaristic wall drawing
Week 1 09.04.2018 – 13.04.2018
Throughout week 1 - Hollie Burge - Zine making area/workshop
09.04.2018 - @.ac - Project outline and opening event
10.04.2018 - Samantha Pickett – ‘Clootie Cart’ Sculpture
12.04.2018 - Kerry Teneby - Sculptures that respond to the gallery space.
Week 2 16.04.2018 – 20.04.2018
Throughout week 2 - Megan Cameron - Zine making area/workshop
16.04.2018 - Laura Jane Fooks - Recreation of domestic interior within the gallery with video projection.