Physical Center

January 7 – February 24, 2011
Guest Projects, 1 Andrew0s Rd., Hackney, London

For the opening night of Physical Center, Eddie Peake presented Amen Break, a performance for a drummer. Amen Break is the name given to a drum solo in the track ‘Amen Brother’ by 1960′s soul and funk band ‘The Winstons’. Due to its isolation in the track this solo was easily sampled by DJs in the 1980′s making it the most commonly used beat in hip-hop and drum and bass. Termed ‘the six second clip that spawned a subculture’ the Amen Break defined early electronic music.


PHYSICAL CENTER is a free, two-month program promoting new concepts in physicality through emerging performance art, bio-science lectures and film screenings; concluding with an international exhibition of contemporary video, photography and sculpture.

A collaboratively curated and artist-led event, PHYSICAL CENTER provides international emerging artists and curators with the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate and produce new work in a non-commercial environment. The event aims at becoming an international triennial exchange, showcasing the work of UK and US artists at similar stages in their careers. It will take place at will be preceded in November by PHYSICAL CENTER: BROOKLYN, a fund-raiser exhibition and after-party in New York.

Since mid-August 2010 a collective of UK and US based artists and curators have been organizing this event. This collective’s curatorial committee is composed of artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Bryan Norvelle, Hannah Daly, Amanda Schmitt, Rachel Rosen and Allison Wall. The live program of PHYSICAL CENTER will be curated in the UK by artists Eloise Fornieles and Kate Hawkins, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Bruno Humberto, and Larry Achiampong as well as the curatorial committee, with most invited artists producing new work specifically for this event.

Each week a different group of performance artists will take over the Guest Projects warehouse space to explore the program’s theme: physicality. They will be able to collaborate, curate an event or perform their own work. The artists involved are aware that this is a unique opportunity for experimentation and exchange. Several have proposed performances that push the boundaries of their practices involving collaborations with other artists, dancers, actors, and musicians.

As an interdisciplinary event PHYSICAL CENTER will present a series of three science lectures aimed at bringing recent developments in the biosciences to an art audience. These 30-minute lectures will be followed by Q&A sessions giving the audience an opportunity to discuss the philosophical and artistic implications of their content. Speakers include Professor John Wearden of Keele University (on the perception of time) and Professor Kevin Warwick (on the future union of the body and technology).

On alternating Monday nights the space will host a series of three film screenings curated by Allison Wall, Rachel Rosen and Amanda Schmitt. These screenings will provide opportunities for storytelling and the viewing of unique artists’ films, framing the themes addressed in the performance and lecture components of PHYSICAL CENTER.

The program will conclude with an international group show of emerging and contemporary video art, sculpture and photography with work by artists:

Mariléne Olivier
Kianoosh Motalebi
Catalina Nicolescu
Amelia Whitelaw
Andrew Ranville
Antti Laitinen
Tom Price
Kristin Sherman
Kate Gilmore
Shana Moulton
Philip Hausmeier
Awst & Walther
Louise Colbourne
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Bill Durgin
Jennifer Lockea

PHYSICAL CENTER will be accompanied by a limited edition, 20-page zine. This self-published booklet will present the event’s driving concepts through images, poetry and texts by participating artists, including our schedule of performances, film screenings and science talks.

PHYSICAL CENTER aims to tease out and encourage the discovery of intersections between the practices of each artist involved, recent science and film, elevating cross-disciplinary discourse to its furthest reaches.