Taking place between January – August 2016 within and throughout the Hotel «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» presents a collection of exhibitions, single works and events by artists from across Europe within a private/public setting.
From newly commissioned works, focused on everyday micro-narratives, to live events and exhibitions «Drop City, Düsseldorf» attempts to seek more dynamic interactions between artists, site and audiences, and rather than relegating the audience to the passive role of spectators, looks to foster the active and genuine involvement of participants.
Reflecting on the context of the setting within Hotel Ufer means examining the role of a gallery programme: a diverse body of work that includes film, video, sound, drawing, installation, painting, and sculpture, but also writing, performance, even functional objects, that are able to speak on a wide range of subjects to a wide range of people. In addition to this variety of languages and techniques, each of the programmes’ projects must also be analysed from a broader perspective to include the context and modes of production being employed, and starting, at least conceptually, from the many conversations and interactions with those people the works and artists within the programme encounter. It is on these forms of participatory synergy that the very existence of Drop City’s programme is founded.
Drop City, Düsseldorf
at Hotel Ufer
Sophie Macpherson writes and makes films, live events, objects and drawings. Her practice has always sat within a sculptural context but with performative connotations. Sometimes she works collaboratively with artists and performers, and often she draws on personal records to investigate subtle communications informing our notions of identity.
For Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer she shows a collection of tailored garments made from towels sold in a market near her studio. She lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.
Recent projects and exhibitions include:
news and booze, with Clare Stephenson, a live event as part of ‘Generation- 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland’, Tramway, Glasgow (2014); Costume – Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow (2013); The Irregular Correct – New Art from Glasgow at the Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle (2012); Studio 58: Woman Artists in Glasgow Since WW2, The Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow (2012); Shoplifters, Shopgirls/Ornament and Boredom with Clare Stephenson, Tramway (2011)/ICA London (2012); Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic, Tate Modern, London (2011) and The Voice is a Language, part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2010)
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