Prof. Mark Durden co-curates exhibition in the Azores on the importance of comedy

September 7, 2017

15th September | 18pm

Opening Exhibition The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life

ARTISTS: BANK, CARLA GARLASCHI, COMMON CULTURE, DAVID SHERRY, ERICA EYRES, GEMMA MARMALADE, GILLIAN WEARING, JOACHIM SCHMID, JOÃO PAULO FELICIANO, JOHN SMITH, KARA HEARN, MAURICE DOHERTY, OLAV WESTPHALEN, PAUL McCARTHY, PETER FINNEMORE, PILVI TAKALA, RICHARD HUGHES, RICHARD WENTWORTH, THOMAS GEIGER.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life explores how comedy is important in shaping meaning, helping us negotiate the complexities of everyday life. The exhibition is curated by David Campbell and Mark Durden and develops from Double Act, which was shown over two UK venues, Bluecoat, Liverpool and the MAC, Belfast in 2016. Campbell and Durden live and work in the UK and together with Ian Brown form the artists’ group Common Culture.

This exhibition will present the multiple forms of the comedic as it is manifest through the experience of contemporary art. Drawing together artists from diverse cultural and political contexts, each sharing an interest in humour as a device to animate their art practice and connect with an audience, both local and international, The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life explores the way artists reflect on their experience of the everyday to illuminate questions of cultural distinctiveness in an increasingly globalised world.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life will include two new Common Culture videos, Trial by Media and Dying is for Amateurs, both partly funded by the Creative Industries Research Institute at the University of South Wales. With lyrics drawn from the narcissistic and indulgent lives of contemporary celebrities, Common Culture have created their own pop music, which is then interpreted through the language of dance.

Common Culture, Video Still, Dying is for Amateurs, 2017.

Common Culture, Video Still, Trial by Media, 2017.

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