SCOTTY, Oranienstrasse 46, 10969, Berlin
Preview: 2 November 7-10pm
Dates: 3-24 November 2018
Thursday – Friday 3-7pm
The exhibition develops Davies’ ongoing exploration of communication through play and transformation. Davies will produce new work investigating the term ‘follow me’. To most a ‘follower’ on Instagram or Facebook is a win, however, Davies will explore the term from other perspectives such as a bird’s eye surveillance camera, or from a set of instructions. Davies will work with individual people during the exhibition period and at Sluice, and will record simple actions that will result in a collective, performative audio-visual piece.
Davies’ recent work, Press Play and Record (2017), developed from collaborations and exchanges with choirs in Berlin and north east England. Davies produced masked performances and exchanges at music festival, Sounds From The Other City (Salford) and The Late Shows, Museums at Night (Newcastle upon Tyne) where over nine hundred audience members took part in actions where they could win Davies’ signature Love Dolls. ‘Follow Me’ is presented at SCOTTY by Vane for Sluice EXCHANGE BERLIN.
Davies plays with ideas of individual identity and collective universalism and produces deceptively simple games where masked participants are given an instruction to follow, resulting in a communal actions that can involve large groups of people. Masks allow for a kind of anonymity that frees people up, and the instructions give the group a focus, whether to throw dice or sing pop song lyrics, which also creates a simple form of bonding.
Sluice EXCHANGE BERLIN
Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Strasse 3, 10963, Berlin
Preview: 16 November 7-10pm
Dates: 17-18 November 11-7pm
EC Davies will show video work and produce live events at Sluice EXCHANGE BERLIN conceived by Sluice (London) and produced by Sluice and The Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin). Sluice EXCHANGE BERLIN is an international exposition of curatorial programmes in which host spaces in one art community open their doors and share their spaces with kindred spaces visiting from elsewhere. The expo’s aim has always been to offer an alternative to the dominant organisational paradigms whilst demonstrating a belief in the importance of international engagement for otherwise local projects. Sluice Exchange was born from previous manifestations in New York under the title Exchange Rates.
British born, EC Davies works and lives between Berlin and Newcastle upon Tyne and is represented by Vane. She studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool (1993-96) and MA Fine Art at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne (1999-2001).
For more information on EC Davies’ current work see essay ‘Karaoke Mythographs’ by Sacha Kahir, 2018