MIRRORCITY: London artists on fiction and reality

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Hayward Gallery
MIRRORCITY: London artists on fiction and reality
Curated by: Stephanie Rosenthal

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
October 14th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015
Opening: October 14th, 2014 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

london bridge, southbank
44 20 7960 5226
Closed on 21 September 2015 for two years of essential repair and maintenance.
film, painting, video-art, sculpture


MIRRORCITY explores the effect the digital revolution has had on our experiences.
London is one of the world's centres for contemporary art. MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, who seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.

JG Ballard believed that reality had already exceeded the visions conjured by science fiction by the end of the 20th century. Drawing on the digital era we now live in, the artists in MIRRORCITY respond to and address this new perception of the world.

Artists have always created alternative realities but recently they have been exploring where the digital and the physical space crossover and fold into each other.

The exhibition considers questions specific to our time such as: ‘How can we navigate the space between the digital and the physical?’ and ‘What is the effect of advanced technologies on our lives?'

The engagement, innovation and complexity of the works selected for MIRRORCITY also directly or indirectly reflect the multi-faceted character of London itself.

Artists Presenting artworks in a wide variety of media including painting, film and video, sculpture, drawing, sound and performance, artists in the exhibition are:
Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

New works in MIRRORCITY are by Emma McNally, Helen Marten, Daniel Sinsel, Susan Hiller and Michael Dean. New commissions are by LuckyPDF, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Tim Etchells, Lloyd Corporation, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Aura Satz, Tai Shani and Volumes Project.

A specially produced ‘alternative’ newspaper has been created by Tom McCarthy for MIRRORCITY. The project was conceived as a collaboration between the author and the artists featured in the exhibition. Artists have contributed a diverse and distinctive array of texts and pictures that McCarthy has edited into an otherworldly reading experience.

MIRRORCITY is curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery.

Exhibition Tours
Tours of MIRRORCITY take place on Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 1pm. They are free with a same-day exhibition ticket.

* Supporter tickets include a small voluntary donation which will help us to present the very best in contemporary art. If you are a UK taxpayer and are able to Gift Aid your donation, we can reclaim the tax you have paid on the whole entry fee, not just the donation. Southbank Centre is a registered charity No 298909.


Please note the following exceptions to opening hours: 

Wednesday 24 December CLOSED 

Thursday 25 December CLOSED 

Friday 26 December CLOSED 

Wednesday 31 December 11am – 4pm 

Thursday 1 January CLOSED