The Showroom

How Can You Relate? – A Case of Alienation and Closeness

Saturday 8 February 2014, 2–8pm

Free admission, but tickets are limited. Please book here


How can you relate? looks at what it is to transpose personal practice into a public event. Constructed as a series of performances, screenings and works, How can you relate? considers where the artistic subject is found across constellations of production, distribution and consumption. The event consists of a series of lateral questions alongside more tacit propositions that fold back onto the structure of the event itself.

Edited by Pieternel Vermoortel, hosted and co-organised by LUX and the Showroom.

Event Schedule

2.10pm: Andy Lacey, get up and go (2014)
2.15pm: Joseph Walsh Pistachio and Wet Magazine (2014) performed by Ela Ciecierska, Holly Green and Papa Scotchie
2.50pm: Andy Lacey, get up and go (2014)
3pm: Kerstin Schroedinger Limited Edition (2014), a film programme compiled by Kerstin Schroedingerwith works by Tanya Syed, Peter Weiss, Lis Rhodes and others.


4.40pm: Paul Simon Richards Follow, A confusion about her solidity (2014) performed by Anna Tierney
5.20pm: Andy Lacey, get up and go (2014)
5.30pm: Heather Phillipson invites Mark Harris with Bad Music (2014)
6.10pm: Andy Lacey, get up and go (2014)
6.30pm: Helen Benigson, Travelling from Africa via a Machine called A Sunbed (2014)

A poster by Patricia L Boyd, Untitled (Pieternel Vermoortel), 2014 will be distributed during the event.

The LUX Associate Artist Programme is a 12 month post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image. It aims to provide an intensive development focused on critical discourse, extending to the practical and infrastructural issues that present challenges for artists working with the medium. The programme consists of a minimum of 12 monthly critical seminars taking place at LUX exploring issues around artists’ moving image in the context of the artists’ own practice. Previous AAP Projects include (dis)chorus Residency, a project of the 2010/11 programme, Detroit, the 2009/10 final project, 8 Metaphors (because the moving image is not a book) for the 2008/9 final project and The Politics in the Room the AAP 2007/8 final project.

Helen Benigson is an artist and rapper who lives and works in London. Her working method is interdisciplinary; recent projects take the form of performance, video installations, printmaking, text, sound, music and collaborating. Recent solo exhibitions include Going to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed, Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham and Palm Trees and Poker Players, UCA, Farnham.

Patricia L Boyd lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and projects include the 12th Lyon Biennale, Lyon; Frieze Film London (co-commissioned by EMPAC); Greens at the Modern Institute, Glasgow; and Nudes at Cubitt Gallery, London (all 2013). She has had solo exhibitions at OHIO, Glasgow, 2013 and The Vanity, Los Angeles, 2012.

Andy Lacey works with performance, text and video. He is Interested in ways of re-imagining a social usefulness for experience.

Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, sound, text and live events. Events in 2014 include: Assembly, Tate Britain and Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London. Solo shows in 2014 include Bunker 259, New York; Art Brussels (with Rowing Projects); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. In 2013, Heather had solo projects at Zabludowicz Collection, London; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Random Acts, Channel 4 television; Flux Night, Atlanta, USA, and LOOP Art Fair (with Rowing Projects), Barcelona. She is also an award-winning poet with recent publications by Bloodaxe, Penned in the Margins and Faber and Faber.

Paul Simon Richards explores the potential of thought to describe and make present in language that which cannot be experienced. Working mainly with spoken word performance and film, Richards' work draws together immersive narratives that incorporate elements of spectacular entertainment and moments of enlightened consciousness that come about during mundane daily tasks.

Kerstin Schroedinger works with moving image, music and text. She is interested in a critical research practice which is calling into question image production and wishes to produce and reproduce images as material of thought. She works with a historiographic practice that scrutinises means of production, continuities and relocations. Since 2006 she has worked in collaboration with Mareike Bernien (Berlin) in different formats and contexts. Their works have an image critical approach and research cultural practices through concepts of appropriation and translation.

Joseph Walsh sees his moving image work as a series of "video portraits". He is interested in this format as a means to construct a character by proxy, through external objects and ideas. Recent work has been referring to recorded music, its formats and acoustic space to describe an emergent subject. He lives and works in London. Recently he took part in 21st Century at Chisenhale Gallery (2013). Solo exhibitions include Evolution of the Meringue, Five Years, London (2011), Track 5, The Old Police Station, London (2011). Group exhibitions include Testbed1, Beaconsfield, London (2010) and Time Machine and Anywhere Door at IT Park, Taipei (2010).

Pieternel Vermoortel is an independent curator and co-founder/director of FormContent, a curatorial programme. Her most recent programme at FormContent It’s moving from I to It uses fiction as its main tool to reflect upon cultural production. Vermoortel teaches Exhibitions and Cultural Productions at TEBEAC, Ghent and is a lecturer at the BA Fine Art Goldsmiths University London and visiting lecturer at the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths University London. She has written for various catalogues and magazines such as the Venice Biennial Catalogue 2011 and Metropolis M. She has also edited various publications such as a.o., It’s moving from I to It, 2014, Out of the Studio, 2008 and The Responsive Subject, 2011.