Now in its fifth year, Art Sheffield festival of contemporary art will include new and significant work from international and Sheffield-based artists. Between 4 October and 14 December there will be a succession of thought-provoking exhibitions, debates and events taking place at venues across the city.
Under the title ‘Zero Hours’, and taking its starting point from seminal work ‘Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values)’ 1980 by Joseph Beuys, the festival questions how time and work are valued and how societies are organised around economic systems.
Previews take place on 3 October, and some of the highlights of the festival include:
A Time to Break Silence – CADS (Snow Lane)
A Time to Break Silence is specially commission for Art Sheffield, from Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux. Filmed in an abandoned Detroit church, with a stunning new soundtrack by techno-pioneers Underground Resistance, the film re-enacts the pivotal speech ‘A Time to Break Silence’ by civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King.
Forced Entertainment Presents Tomorrow’s Parties – Crucible – 3rd/4th October
Forced Entertainment’s latest show explores ideas and clichés of hope; drawing on ideas of utopian and dystopian projections, the optimistic stories we tell ourselves and on the pleasures of invention that arise as the work twists and turns in performance.
Oliver Ressler: The Plundering – Bloc Projects
The Plundering is a newly co-commissioned 40-minute documentary shot in Tbilisi, which highlights the challenging economic impact on Georgian citizens of the aggressive privatisation of state property since the Rose Revolution of 2003.
Mikhail Karikis: Children of Unquiet – SITE Gallery
Children of Unquiet marks the fourth and final film in Mikhail Karikis’ Work Quartet; a series of film and installation works developed since 2010.
Nightcleaners (part1) – S1 Artspace – 6th October
Kicking off the Art Sheffield 2013 Film Programme the documentary focuses on the campaign to unionise a group of underpaid and often victimised women who cleaned office blocks at night in the early 1970s. Intending at the outset to make a campaign film, directors the Berwick Street Collective, were forced to turn to new forms in order to represent the forces at work between the cleaners, the Cleaner’s Action Group and the unions — and the complex nature of the campaign itself.
Graves Gallery will show Joseph Beuys’s ‘Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values)’ 1980 alongside ‘The Days of the Commune’ by Zoe Beloff which references the first political occupation, the Paris Commune, in 1871. Highlighting social and economic inequalities, Beloff’s installation documents performances by actors involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2012, of Brecht’s play of the same name, filmed across several parks in New York.
Alongside the main exhibition will be ‘Parallel Projects’, a series of independent events and exhibitions.
Visit the Art Sheffield website for further information