If you’re a night owl or you want to hunt out some of the more challenging works in the Plymouth Art Weekender programme there are a few highlights you’ll be interested in.
In Royal William Yard’s architectural centrepiece Melville (Fri 12-7pm, Sat & Sun 10-7pm), Korean artist Chang Jia’s new work for the Atlantic Project, Heavenly, Corrupted Landscapes references the polluted river landscapes produced by the Four Major Rivers Project in her home country. Tackling social taboos Jia’s previous works have utilised her own body and urine and in this new work she makes parallels between the pollution of rivers and corruption of the human body.
On Friday night there are a few events to enjoy after dark. At Plymouth Athenaeum Karen Eliot (if that is her real name) is organising Liberarti, a mysterious night of art-swapping directed by social media (7:30-11pm). Three instructions: charge your phone, take something to swap and remember the password: “I’m in”.
Then over at The Dome express yourself on the dancefloor for the Atlantic Project opening night After Party (Fri 10pm-late), where DJ Verdi brings together classic Balearic beats and rare grooves.
If you can’t stay out late on Friday there are other opportunities to let your hair down: the following night at Plymouth Athenaeum for a free 90s themed disco with complimentary glowsticks (Sat 9pm-1am); and again at the Athenaeum on Sunday for Batwick Productions’ HotSpace Closing Party and Manifest it! (both 8-11pm) – likely to involve some kind of karaoke.
Opening on Saturday evening and for the Sunday of the Weekender, KARST’s latest group show, I AM MY OWN PRIMAL PARENT & I WILL COPULATE WITH MYSELF also promises some explicit content exploring the interdynamic relationship human beings share with the Earth and Cosmos. See further info in the International Art PAW Pathway.
Finally, on Sunday evening 5.45 – 7pm, there may be some adult content at the MFS X PAC 2 screening at Plymouth Arts Centre. The screening is the second half of an exchange between four local artist members of PAC Home and four artists associated with Mount Florida screenings in Glasgow. Mount Florida screenings are bi-monthly and operate using a peer-to-peer chain of recommendation. PAC Home is a membership network, initiated by Plymouth Arts Centre, for artists, curators and writers, who live and work in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.
Written by Vickie Fear, Visual Arts Plymouth Activator. http://vickiefear.co.uk