Furtherfield

Furtherfield Gallery in the heart of Finsbury Park

Furtherfield provides platforms for creating, viewing, discussing and learning about experimental practices at the intersections of art, technology and social change.
Our mission is to co-create extraordinary art that connects with contemporary audiences providing innovative, engaging and inclusive digital and physical spaces for appreciating and participating in practices in art, technology and social change.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective, Association or society

Opening hours

The gallery is open during exhibitions: Thursday to Saturday, 12 noon - 3pm

Free Saturday morning activities (booking advisable) 10 - 12 noon
You can just drop in but booking may be advisable for more popular activities.
Children are welcome but should be accompanied by an adult.

Admission charges

FREE

Getting there

Tube: Manor House, Finsbury Park
Buses: to Finsbury Park (Seven Sisters road): 29, 254, 253
to Finsbury Park Station: 153, 253, 254, 259, 29, 4, N253, N279, N29
to Manor House (Green Lanes): 141, 341
Train: Finsbury Park, Harringay, Harringay Green Lanes

Additional info

Eating and drinking

The gallery is just two minutes from Finsbury Park Cafe which serves a range of homemade food and beverages to be enjoyed adjacent to the boating pond and children's play area.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are available.

Resources

We also produce exhibition resources to help community groups, schools and colleges on their visit to Furtherfield Gallery. These are designed to help groups explore the exhibitions and to engage with the different themes, issues and processes explored by the artists in the exhibitions and more broadly within contemporary art.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Offline is the New Luxury

Offline is the New Luxury

  • 7 — 9 April 2017
  • 13 — 16 April 2017

For her exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery, Alison Ballard presents Offline Is The New Luxury a collection of works exploring our relationship with technology and the Internet. When daily encounters are increasingly mediated by online technology, how is this affecting our experience of live-ness, presence, and time?

With live streaming, instant replays and video chat technologies, concepts of time, space, and distance, are changing. We ‘hang out’ together online, we ‘live chat’ with computer algorithms, watch cat videos over and over again and share world political events as they happen, ‘in real time’. Contemporary Western culture has become now-centric. Social media offers more ways than ever to ‘go live’ meaning we no longer have to share our experiences with others in the past tense (a photograph we took on holiday or a video of the event we attended last week). Instead, we share our every moment instantaneously in a continuously unfolding now.

The Narrator Is Present is an audio work with narrative ambiguity and a sinister underbelly. How can we distinguish fictional narrative from truth among the multitude of disembodied voices on the Internet? Who is it that is speaking to us and what do they want? Existing simultaneously in Furtherfield Gallery and online, the work also explores the dualistic experiences of the virtual and the physical, and the ways in which these two spaces contribute to a single reality.

In Live Stream of Consciousness Ballard asks; can the Internet be good for our health? Spending time in parks can improve mental and physical wellbeing by relieving stress, reducing depression, improving memory and cognitive function, and boosting creativity. Can the same mental and physical health benefits of visiting a park be achieved via meditation, online? Ballard attempts to find out with this 20-minute seated meditation, originally broadcast as a live stream from Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, in 2016. By displaying this work inside Furtherfield Gallery, the artist invites us to reflect upon the physical and mental health benefits that Finsbury Park brings to our day-to-day lives.

Through these works and more, Ballard reflects upon the current state of hyper-reality; the context-collapse of the real and unreal, the distinction between what is simulated and what seems ‘real’, and invites us to reconsider our view of reality.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/offline-new-luxury

Getting there

Tube: Manor House, Finsbury Park
Buses: to Finsbury Park (Seven Sisters road): 29, 254, 253
to Finsbury Park Station: 153, 253, 254, 259, 29, 4, N253, N279, N29
to Manor House (Green Lanes): 141, 341
Train: Finsbury Park, Harringay, Harringay Green Lanes

Furtherfield
Gallery, McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park
London
Greater London
N4 2NQ
England

Website

www.furtherfield.org

www.furtherfield.org/gallery

E-mail

info@furtherfield.org

ale@furtherfield.org

Telephone

020 8802 2827/1301

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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