Boram MoonScales, research drawings in aluminium, work in progress. Studio view, Metroland Studio, Kilburn, London, May 2022

Dear Friends,

This month we’re glad to have been continuing our partnership with Metroland Cultures in Brent as part of our residencies programme at Metroland Studio in Kilburn Square. ⁠Read more about the programme below and recent work-in-progress with artist Boram Moon.

Meanwhile, we are working behind-the-scenes towards a new exhibition, mural and public programme with artist Adam Shield, soon to open in July. 

As always, our Library is open to all, both in-person at The Showroom and online. Scroll down to access links, resources and new online content.

We look forward to welcoming you back this Summer!

The Showroom Team



Boram MoonStudio View, Metroland Studio, Kilburn, London, April 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artist Boram Moon has been in residence at Metroland Studio since September 2021, working on new research culminating this month. This builds upon conversations between Moon and The Showroom throughout 2020-21, reflecting on the production of support structures for artistic research locally, and ways of sustaining a wider reciprocal framework for Moon's work between the UK and South Korea. Since February 2021, together with artists Myungwoo Jung and Ikjung Cho, Moon has been co-running
Windmill, a performance space in Seoul, South Korea.⁠

Moon works across performance, sculptural installation and video with a focus on the sensory responses evoked by power, pressure, posture and gesture. By interrupting the physical integrity of materials, she investigates the triggers created by memory and the unconscious. Her works are often instructed by performance scores drawn from translations condensed through automated physiological (bodily) memories; or recording the movements of the body in relation to objects and spaces.⁠

The residency at Metroland has created a dedicated working space for Moon as a site for the development of her ideas, and the generation of future public programming with Windmill in Seoul; strands of which we’re looking forward to working towards co-hosting in partnership at The Showroom in 2022-23.⁠





Countersonics: Radical Sonic Imaginaries - Mhamad Safa and Gascia Ouzounian in conversation; with The Showroom Curator Lily Hall, 8 March 2022. Photo: Oana Damir

Mhamad Safa and Gascia Ouzounian in conversation

A transcript of this conversation is now available in our online Library. Read more

Countersonics: Radical Sonic Imaginaries is a new series convened by Gascia Ouzounian exploring sonic tactics for building counter-narratives to contested events, spaces, places and communities.

The inaugural event at The Showroom focused on Safa’s research as an architect and sound producer, in particular his work on urban acoustics during aerial strikes on Beirut, taking his recently published article Reverberations and Post-War Trauma as a point of departure. Ouzounian and Safa discussed his investigation of the role of echo and reverberation in Beirut; as well as post-war trauma and listening cultures in Lebanon.

This event was co-presented by The Showroom and Gascia Ouzounian. It formed part of the public programme for Haig Aivazian's exhibition 
All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes at The Showroom




Juha Pekka Matias LaakkonenFramed Sea Cow, work in progress, 2022. Commissioned and produced by Gasworks. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate

BuoyancyJuha Pekka Matias Laakkonen's solo exhibition at Gasworks is open until 19 June 2022. With a focus on process and experience, Laakkonen’s work uses nature as a raw material to reflect on the impact of human interactions with the environment, while also tackling wider existential questions around time, death and the limits of scientific knowledge. 

Expanding on his durational and process-based approach, Laakkonen will hold a musical performance at the Montgomery Hall Community Centre, next Saturday 28 May from 4-6pm. Entitled Flock of Birds, this consists of a short, repetitive composition written for an ensemble of non-professional wind instrument players (free, no booking required). 

The Showroom and Gasworks are proud members of 
Common Practice, an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in London. Common Practice was founded in 2009 between Afterall, Chisenhale Gallery, Electra, Gasworks, LUX, Matt’s Gallery, Mute Publishing, The Showroom, and Studio Voltaire – the group has recently been joined by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). Together the members represent a diverse range of activities including commissioning, production, publishing, research, exhibitions, residencies and artists’ studios.



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