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Pictures from within the John Joyce Building, Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead. Curated by CIRCA Projects. Credits to the artist, Mario Pfeifer

‘Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear’ is an exhibition Mario Pfeifer produced whilst living on Isla Navarino, Chile.  It focuses on manual and industrial labour, plant life, the life of the indigenous Yaghan people in Katushaiwa and the night life of Puerto Williams.

The multi-disciplinary work comprises a spectacular three-channel video installation with a stunning soundtrack, vitrines of loose pages, industrial artefacts/replicas, laser prints and vinyl.  This exhibition leaves you unraveling layers of interpretation in your mind whilst wanting to run home and dance to the soundtrack on your turntable.  It is rare to find such a vibrant artist who can bring together a multi-faceted work of such complexity with great integrity, sensitivity and vision in their composition.

This exhibition leaves you unraveling layers of interpretation in your mind whilst wanting to run home and dance to the soundtrack on your turntable

The soundtrack is intricately bound to Pfeifer’s video installation and is a must for fans of Hyperdub and Brainfeeder. Kamran Sadeghi’s vinyl release Approximation is a beautifully engineered album with sublime sub bass melodies and intricate percussion work, including a delicately sampled indigenous folk song, Walze 14/Gusinde sang by the Yaghan Indian, Masemikens Pedro. Get these plates whilst they’re hot!

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Installation Views: © 2015 Mario Pfeifer / KOW / circaprojects

Juxtaposing images of the serene archipelago with the rough seas of the working fishing trade, sterile factory labour with a haunting local nightclub, the video installation invites the audience to become fully immersed in a Chilean society far from Gateshead. However, the close proximity to water of the pop-up John Joyce Gallery on the Gateshead Quayside is no coincidence.  Well known on the arts circuit for their innovative vision, the brilliant curation of CIRCA Projects pulls at the socio-political, cultural and economic similarities found in Pfeifer’s work and the history of the North East. A necessary remedy in the region, the work of CIRCA Projects whets the appetite of both the experimental arts audience and the casual arts goer, bringing new artists into exciting new gallery locations with a cultural relevance. Be sure to make an afternoon of your visit to this exhibition. See more on CIRCA Projects’ parallel programmes and events, including the COOKING with SOUTH SHIELDS project, exploring the food local people cook at home made into a new cookbook developed especially for South Shields.

 ‘Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear’ by Mario Pfeifer, is open until Saturday 21st November at John Joyce building, Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead (Thursdays to Saturdays, 11am – 5pm)

 

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