For his collaboration with Bloomberg SPACE and the South London Gallery, video artist and film director Charles Atlas creates a 360 degree multi-channel video installation using fabricated images, abstract material and found footage from a variety of sources including the Bloomberg digital archives. Projected images scroll across the large windows and walls of the gallery to create an immersive environment in which a choreographed storm of numbers, letters and continuously looping collaged footage inhabit the space. Punctuated by vertical sweeping bars of light, the images are revealed as if in layers beneath a horizontal swatch of interference which occasionally interrupts the window projection, descending from the ceiling like 'TV snow'. Vertical sections of footage and segmented images proliferate rhythmically throughout to create a vertiginous experience. The presentation is an amalgamation and continuation of Atlas’ recent large scale installation work, also echoing elements of live video performances at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the South London Gallery.
The South London Gallery has an international reputation for its programme of contemporary art exhibitions and live art events, with integrated education projects for children, young people and adults. Exhibitions profile the work of established international figures such as Alfredo Jaar, Gabriel Kuri, Rivane Neuenschwander, Tatiana Trouvé and Superflex; as well as that by younger and mid-career British artists such as Ryan Gander, Eva Rothschild and George Shaw. Group shows bring together works by established and lesser known British and international artists. The gallery’s live art and film programme has included presentations by Charles Atlas, Rachel Gomme, Nathaniel Mellors, Gail Pickering and Gisele Vienne.
About Bloomberg’s commissioning programme
Bloomberg SPACE’s collaboration programme brings together two philanthropic passions of supporting institutions and commissioning new works. Since 2002 Bloomberg SPACE has worked with more than 360 artists and has commissioned over 170 new works. This direction towards collaborative curatorial practice will open up new opportunities for artists and organisations to take on projects they thought were otherwise impossible.