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05 May 2010

London Metropolitan University in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery present 'Sorry, We're Open'

London Metropolitan University in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery


12 - 21 May 2010 Opening times:
Mon to Fri, 10 AM to 6 PM (Aldgate East tube / buses routes 25, 205)

Susanna Bianchini
+44 7913 717999

Unit 2 Gallery
London Metropolitan University, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF

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Sorry, We're Open

Charlotte Bracegirdle, Russell Chater, Martina Geccelli, Nathalie Guinamard, Gusztav Hamos and Katja Pratschke, Silvia Iorio, Cesare Pietroiusti, Dylan Shipton, Sophie Vent.

We are pleased to invite you to Sorry, We're Open, the inaugural exhibition curated by the students on the new MA Curating the Contemporary degree, organised by London Metropolitan University in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.

Sorry, We're Open
brings together works from London based and international artists, exploring different species of spaces and considering the definition of a clearly defined site. The show's institutional environment inside the University, Unit 2, has the ambivalent quality of being private-public, close-open, with no archive or memory, and therefore having the possibility to re-define its identity within a specific moment in time, through the spectator's experience of art.

As Marshall McLuhan argues, the countersituations, created by artists, 'provide means of direct attention and enable us to see and understand more clearly.' The distinctive multi-disciplinary works selected for Sorry, We're Open deconstruct the notion of a clearly defined site through an interrogation process performed by artists and curators, enabling connections, activating the mind to work, like synapses in the brain, like light instantly travelling to an unknown, remote place; attempting to highlight the hidden process at the base of every human relationship with a given space. The prolific openness of experimentation promoted by Sorry, We're Open continues with the special parallel events, which include a talk and a performance.

Sorry, We're Open is curated by Will Cooper, Clementina Cosco, Habda Rashid, Francesca Sarno, sybin.

A catalogue designed by Patrick Savile, with texts by the curators, will accompany the show.

Special Events: Thursday 20 May, from 6 pm.
Cesare Pietroiusti talk: The Artist and the Given Space.
Sophie Vent performance: Dancing on Kekulé (B-End), with the Damilola Taylor Centre.