Phoenix is a haven for world cinema, independent movies, film festivals and media arts, based in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter.
Mon to Fri: 9.00 - 23.00
Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 23:00
All exhibitions are free of charge, fees vary for screenings and performances
Kitty Clark - Mr Nobody
- 24 September — 20 November 2016 *on now
Phoenix is proud to present Mr. Nobody, a solo show of new work by Kitty Clark commissioned especially for our cube gallery. The exhibition features an oculus rift virtual reality experience at the centre of a series of sculptures and projection works, which explore a common abstracted narrative.
Mr. Nobody, the central figure in the installation, is a salary man living in the near future suffering from Technostress, a term coined to describe the negative psychological relationship between people and new technologies.
Technostress manifests itself physically, psychologically and behaviorally as a result of overexposure to technology. Computer rage – a side effect to this phenomenon – has driven people to verbally and physically assault their devices, in some cases involving the use of weapons against an individual’s own computer as a way of coping with intense frustrations over the failures of technology to deliver on the promises of an easier and more efficient existence.
The exhibition features a series of acrylic sculptures, which take cues from the subculture of competitive case modding – in which computer cases are modified decoratively to highlight the devices inner workings – and high spec PC customization. Through echoing the abstracted digital narrative these engravings seek to explore the relationships between the physical world and the cultures trapped within in a virtual one.
Clark’s work highlights a sense of anxiety and fear as our desire for digital salvation is replaced by a darker and more complex relationship with technology.
An accompanying screening event – “Coworkers” – will take place alongside the exhibition in November to coincide with the inaugural Leicester Art Week.
London Based artist Kitty Clark (b. 1988, Brighton) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2011 and has exhibited her work across the UK and internationally with rexent shows in Tokyo and New York. This exhibition is curated by Leicester based artist Gino Attwood
- Any age
- 4 — 21 October 2016
Speaking Spaces is an offsite programme of workshops and an exhibition of new artwork in the Lightbox Gallery at LCB Depot developed by three Leicester based artists who have been working with Phoenix over the last 12 months as part of the Phoenix Interact Labs bursary scheme.
Themes of play, cooperation, space, language and the everyday have been common threads running through the work of bursary awardees Lindsey Warnes Carroll, Sam Francis Read and Mark Towers, reflected in a diverse exhibition of sculpture, performance, interactive sound installation and drawing.
Throughout the past year, each artists have been working in parallel, prototyping workshops and projects, which has allowed them to gain peer led feedback and the exchange of skills and knowledge in order to progress and develop their own artistic projects.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of interactive public workshops by the participating artists exploring methods of co-production and the use of creative technologies as part of an artistic practice. More details of the workshops to be added soon
Tue 4 Oct 6-8pm – Mark Towers
Wed 5 Oct 6-8pm – Lindsey Warnes Carroll: Talking to Plastic Fruit
Thu 6 Oct 6-8pm – Sam Francis Read : Inhabiting Print
The Phoenix Interact Labs Bursary Scheme was set up by Phoenix and Cuttlefish Media with the support of Arts Council England to support the development of artists and technologists working in Leicester and Leicestershire with an interest in working with creative technologies as part of their practice.
- Any age
Ocean of Light
- 16 — 17 October 2016 5-9pm
Phoenix is excited to bring Ocean of Light – an unforgettable walk through experience which immerses the viewer in colour and light – to this year’s Diwali Lights Switch-On.
A beautiful and evocative outdoor installation, Ocean of Light uses thousands of lights suspended in space to create a huge three dimensional screen where the real and virtual worlds combine.
Ocean of Light is by digital arts collective Squidsoup, an international group of artists, researchers and designers (from the UK, Norway and New Zealand) working with digital and interactive media.
The installation is part of a series of works by Squidsoup using a large array of light in 3D space. This piece will be 7m x 7m in size, containing several thousand individual points of light.
Ocean of Light is taking place at the Diwali Lights Switch On on Cossington Recreation Ground.
This project has been supported by Leicester City Council’s Culture 2016 Fund
- Any age
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