Two works at The Whitworth in Manchester in March

Posted 16 January 2017 in Afterlife Exhibitions News

French&Mottershead_GGF_0140_JonathanKeenanWe are delighted to announce two works from our Afterlife series will be exhibited at The Whitworth art gallery in Manchester as part of SICK! Festival 2017’s international public art programme this March.

The two audio works, Grey Granular Fist and Woodland, will be exhibited in The Whitworth galleries and in Whitworth Park for the duration of the festival. The pieces contrast and chart the process of a human body’s decay and the effect of different environments on its transformation. Both underscore the politics that surrounds contemporary conceptions of death and place of the dead body in the public realm.

Grey Granular Fist, experienced sitting in listening chairs inside the Whitworth, imagines the afterlife of your body subject to the systems and people responsible for the maintenance and conservation of the art. Natural processes compete with conservation measures, until – ageing over time – your body joins the artworks in their inevitable obsolescence.

Woodland, experienced via a smartphone App outside in Whitworth Park, connects the listener deeply to their body, considering the biological and chemical processes that continue long after consciousness, as flesh and bone are slowly and gently subsumed by the earth over thousands of years.

You can hear the work throughout the SICK! Festival from Wednesday 8th March to Saturday 25th, with late night openings every Thursday.

SICK! Festival presents an international cross art-form programme in venues across Brighton, Manchester and Salford, dedicated to exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we do or don’t survive them.

More info here.

Venue: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER.

Time & Date: Wed 11am-5pm, Thu 12pm—8pm, Fri to Sat 11am-5pm, 8th-25th March