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MIDPOINTNESS - The Events

List of Assorted Events as part of Midpointness
Curated by Bracey & Dutton
November 17th to December 17th, 2016


Midpointness is an evolving project which seeks to equate itself along the lines of a conceptual model of the cosmic. Over the course of 4 weeks, this group exhibition, featuring works by 27 UK and international artists will change and evolve, grow and diminish, pulsate through the works of the artists and the participation of the audience. Curatorial control will, at times be handed over to Gallery staff and exhibition visitors, both live and remote.
The exhibition is studded with a series of events, workshops, talks, and screenings.
For full details, watch out for announcements here on the website and on the AirSpace Gallery Facebook Page

The Midpointness Itinerary

During ALL Gallery opening hours
Throughout the exhibition there will be a series of ‘Invigilators Actions’ carried out by Emilie Atkinson, Jack Waddington and Tom Verity. These include instructions given to the artists by the curators Steve Dutton and Andrew Bracey, artists Lily Mellor, Kate Liston and those created by Jack , Emilie and Tom. 100 visitors are also invited to participate in Toby Huddlestone - Colour Study – Synaesthesia by answering a short questionnaire. When Toby has all the answers, the data will appear as an artwork in the exhibition. The quicker visitors to the gallery fill the questionnaires in, the quicker the artwork will appear. Please ask the invigilators, if they do not approach you, to fill it in.

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Artist Talk - Steve Dutton
Thursday 17th November - 12.15 – 1.15pm at Film Theatre, College Road
Steve Dutton will be giving a talk on his practice as an artist as part of AirSpace Gallery and Staffordshire University’s 'Airspace Curriculum' programme of artists’ talks. This is an opportunity to get a unique insight into the artist’s position on his work and how this has informed ideas within Midpointness, prior to the exhibition’s opening the following day.
Click here to book.

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Curator’s Tour
Saturday 19th November – 2-3pm
Join ‘Midpointness’ curators, Steve Dutton & Andrew Bracey, for an informal tour of the exhibition. They will talk about the ideas behind Midpointness and how it has evolved from their individual art practices. There is an opportunity to ask questions and to offer up suggestions as to how the exhibition could evolve during the time at AirSpace Gallery.
FREE - No Booking required

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Curating Midpointness
Saturday 19th November, Saturday 3rd, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th December 11am – 5pm
Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton will be present in the gallery as they pursue the activity of shifting and changing the look, tone and feel of the exhibition.
FREE - No Booking required

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Midpointness Reading Group
Friday 2nd December 11am-1pm
Steve Dutton & Andrew Bracey invite you to join them in a reading group relating to Midpointness. The group will discuss ideas surrounding Raqs Media Collective’s essay, ‘How To be an Artist by Night’.
To download a PDF of the text please click here.
FREE to attend - please RSVP the Gallery.

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Open Curatorial Movement Group
Friday 2nd December – 1-5pm
Come and observe 'Midpointness' curators Steve Dutton & Andrew Bracey work alongside students from Staffordshire University as they alter Midpointness in response to the ideas generated by Raqs Media Collective’s essay, ‘How To be an Artist by Night’.
FREE - No Booking required

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Live Art and Film Evening
Friday 2nd Dec 6-8pm -
Angela BartramTea Boxing
Steve HawleyCalling Blighty
Come to the gallery for a very special Midpointness evening , featuring a screening of Calling Blighty by artist Steve Hawley and the premier of a new interactive performance by Angela Bartram. This will be an evening to remember.
FREE - No Booking required

Steve Hawley – Calling Blighty Screening
The Calling Blighty series consisted of nearly four hundred 12 minute films that were made in 1944-5 of servicemen (and a very few women) in the Far East recording a message to be shown in local cinemas to wives and families back home. Produced by the Directorate of Army Welfare, these are remarkable and moving documents. Along with Marion Hewitt of the North west Film Archive, Steve Hawley traced the relatives of the men and recreated a screening at an event at HOME Manchester in December 2015 and the films were shown for the first time in 70 years to a sellout audience of 250 relatives – and two of the actual men still alive. These remarkable films will be shown at Airspace with and introduction by Steve Hawley.

Angela Bartram – Tea Boxing
Blow is a term in boxing for a punch that makes contact, and suggests a fist has landed on an opponent to bring the applier closer to victory. Boxing is a tense and often exhilarating experience: the punch, the tension of anticipation, the adrenalin from delivering and receiving, the bell dinging, the ring, and the bay of the crowd. Occasionally however, the blow of the punch does not make contact. It becomes an impossible proposition, a never to be seen, an experience left to imagination. Here maybe it is best to have tea instead.
‘Tea Boxing’ supplants the act of pugilism with that of afternoon tea, to which you are all cordially invited. Come taste the blow, sip the experience and partake in boxing by another means.

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THIS MOVEMENT >> STOKE ON TRENT - Hamish MacPherson
Saturday 3rd Dec 2-4pm
Hamish Macpherson returns to the gallery to present his findings from his Residency undertaken during DECAPOD - AirSpace’s 10th Birthday exhibition. An afternoon launch of Hamish Macpherson’s site-specific Stoke-on-Trent response to his This Movement project, featuring poster artworks, plus a presentation about the work and a playing of the first of a series of 11 weekly interviews about the movements of Stoke on Trent recorded earlier this year, around experiences of dancing and demonstrations and other bodily activities.
FREE - No Booking required

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Annie Morrad –‘standing at the altar of disconnection... take two’
Saturday 17th Dec – 11am – 5pm
Annie Morrad will be present all day in the gallery using saxophones (soprano, alto and tenor) as a device to explore telmatic platforms as a method of communication. The process is experiential experimentation based on a structure of sound that emerges out of western music theory and practice, which then includes breaking that structure to create unpredicted outcomes and transformations through instants of time. As part of the necessary form of any improvisational process, the practice/work is in a constant process of 'becoming;' there can be no final conclusions in mind, or design, nor could there or should there be answered questions or pre-determined outcomes. The day and exhibition will culminate with a live radio broadcast with Wave Farm in New York from 6-7pm, listen live in the gallery or at www.wavefarm.org.
FREE - No Booking required

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The Artist Soup Kitchen -
The Resource Room at AirSpace Gallery
Saturday 17th Dec 12-2pm
FREE - But Booking required - click here for booking details

Art Work and Art's Work with Dutton&Bracey and Anneka French

What is the WORK in a WORK of ART? What makes an ARTWORK or what makes ART WORK? What is the work that a piece of art does? How is the work or labour of an artist recognised? How do artists work? How does art remain generative? When is an artwork finished? How does art work? Where does art work and where does it work best? If art is work, what and how are we getting paid? If we’re not, what are we getting? In light of the publication of Artist Newsletter’s Exhibition Payment Guide who had found that 71% of artists are not receiving payment for exhibiting in publicly funded galleries, principles around working conditions for artists have never been more pressing. In this installment of the Artist Soup Kitchen these questions will be discussed through different ‘lenses’ - financially, philosophically and conceptually - in an open debate between Midpointness curators, Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton and Anneka French. Please see AirSpace website for booking details.

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Festive Window
Saturday 17th Dec 5-7pm
For the ‘finissage’ of Midpointness, Steve Dutton’s will reveal his festive themed commission for the Window of Airspace. Join the artist for a celebratory mince pie as the Midpointness exhibition comes to the end at AirSpace Gallery. From 6-7pm the day and exhibition will culminate with a live radio broadcast by Annie Morrad to Wave Farm in New York. Listen live in the gallery or at www.wavefarm.org.






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Midpointness is an evolving project which seeks to equate itself along the lines of a conceptual model of the cosmic. Over the course of 4 weeks, this group exhibition, featuring works by 27 UK and international artists will change and evolve, grow and diminish, pulsate through the works of the artists and the participation of the audience. Curatorial control will, at times be handed over to Gallery staff and exhibition visitors, both live and remote.
The exhibition is studded with a series of events, workshops, talks, and screenings.
For full details, watch out for announcements here on the website and on the AirSpace Gallery Facebook Page

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