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Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Jo Clements: Everyone In This Room Is Connected To Everyone In This Room

Jo Clements’ exhibition Everyone In This Room Is Connected To Everyone In This Room showcases a body of new work produced exclusively for The Whitaker.

Join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 25 February at 2pm - free, no booking required.

The exhibition explores visual representations of the human brain through a sprawling ‘Brain Garden’ constructed from a tangled, visceral, cacophony of velvet brains to explore human connections via a strange sci-fi landscape that infers events and stories rooted in the past, present and a bizarre fictional future. Audiences will be able to interact with the sculptures using Augmented Reality to discover more about the weird, surprising and extraordinary lives of the inhabitants of the brain garden. 

Three new film works will be premiered, alongside the sculptural work, to present humorous, unsettling and heart-breaking narratives, melding true and fictional events that reflect psychological theories around the strange unpredictability of human understanding.  

The films include Jo’s 90 (becoming brainy) inspired by Clements’ obsession with science fiction narratives whereby vast swaths of knowledge can be immediately learned from some kind of attached or wearable device. The film records the artist wearing a 1960’s hairdryer hood (with an attached copper battle mask) and an array of ridiculous outfits to deliver 90 tongue-in-cheek pieces of advice with a nod to her fantasy of owning an instantaneous learning device that simultaneously lets in and protects the wearer from knowledge. 

Stemming from her personal anxieties around the pursuit of knowledge and how we are defined by the knowledge we accrue, this exhibition mischievously appropriates Clements' extensive research into representations of the brain, the psychology of learning, digital and biological neural connectedness and feminist readings into how educating women and the working classes was, and still is, a cultural, social and political issue.  

You can find out more about Jo's work and the exhibition at a talk with Jo on Thursday 9 March, 7pm.

  • Dates
    Saturday 25th February 2023 – Sunday 7th May 2023
  • Tickets

    Free.

    Join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 25 February at 2pm – no need to book, just turn up.

This event is supported by the Arts Council England

Jo Clements is a visual artist based in Manchester, UK who has shown work nationally and internationally for more than 15 years who works with sculpture, installation, video, AI and machine learning.

She has lectured at universities across the UK as well as supporting visual artists nationally, at Castlefield Gallery and the Bluecoat gallery, through her coaching practice. She was the overall winner of the 2018 Greater Manchester Art Prize and in 2020 was awarded an AI fellowship with BeFantastic Bangalore focusing on Machine Learning. 

 

Additional notes:

  • Recommended age group is for guidance only if you have any questions on suitability please speak to one of our team members or email learning@thewhitaker.org
  • All activities are fully inclusive, please contact our team on learning@thewhitaker.org if you have any specific questions on accessibility
  • Unless otherwise stated, for family workshops you only need to book a ticket for each child attending. Accompanying adult is free
  • Activities can be booked via our website or by visiting our Welcome Desk
  • Whilst some activities are offered free due to our current funding from ACE and HLF, we have introduced ‘pay what you can’ for some events with a suggested donation. We appreciate donations to ensure we can keep activities running in the future
  • Our events cancellation policy can be accessed here.

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