Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet
7 March - 15 April 2007
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
with Les Goerges Leningrad
6 March, 2007
Bill Drummond, co-founder of The KLF and the K Foundation
Saturday 17 March 2007, 3pm
The Showroom presented the first solo show in London by the collaborative partnership Pil and Galia Kollectiv.
The Kollectivs work across a number of disciplines, but their primary medium is film and video. For The Showroom, they presented a gallery-based exhibition launched by a special one-off performance of Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet at Conway Hall, featuring live music by the acclaimed Les Georges Leningrad from Montréal.
Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet is a live performance piece inspired by rumour and myth. In the late 1970s, while still a student, Waw Pierogi, later of an obscure New Jersey minimal synth band xex, composed the interdisciplinary Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet. No documentation of the piece exists, but Pil and Galia Kollectiv had become fascinated by this work, alongside another lost work, Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet. The Kollectivs' desire was not to recreate either, but rather they were intrigued by the possibilities of making a new work through the collision of ideas left behind by former art movements and other cultural phenomena. For them unrealised, forgotten and failed revolutions were as much a legacy of modernism as the utopian belief in progress that we have inherited.
Originally from Jerusalem, Israel, Pil and Galia Kollectiv moved to London to study on the Goldsmiths MA course. The couple work collaboratively as artists, writers, independent curators and lecturers: in London they have curated and been involved in a number of group projects including Modern Lovers at Three Colts Gallery, Turn to the Left at 291 Gallery and Diamonds for Workers at Kate MacGarry.
Les Georges Leningrad are Montréal's preeminent art-punks, blending dub, disco, post-punk and no-wave to create an aesthetic form that demolishes the lines between music presentation and promotion.
Conway Hall is a landmark of London's independent intellectual, political and cultural life. It is home to the Ethical Society, where it fosters freedom in moral and spiritual life and thought.