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Common Ground

Common Ground presents works from four local and London based artists which question our relationship with history, the urban landscape and popular culture. Exploring our positions in the contexts in which we live and work, the show asks: do we collude with or critique what we encounter in our everyday environments?

The artists in the exhibition make works that implicate themselves in an established narrative or language, and attempt to stage an interruption or counter official interpretations and received views.

Constantine Gras takes the transport structures and systems that define urban spaces, and interrogates their histories to make visible the divisive effects that these everyday parts of the landscape have brought to bear on the city. His new video Home, not Road departs from the official knowledge of the archive and planning office, and focuses on the very human situation of the last man standing in the fight against the development of the Westway in 1967.

Dee Harding uses the processes of editing and layering filmed or found video footage to reflect the pervasive use of rhetoric and authoritative language embedded within televisual culture. Language of the Unheard explores the position of Scratch Video, and considers whether it is possible to reappropriate television media for radical ends without its subsequent reabsorption into mainstream culture.

Olga Koroleva's work investigates cinematic processes, and attempts to deconstruct their conventions by replacing the work carried out by technology with human equivalents. Taking the notion of the loop as a site for investigation, in her work Behind Closed Doors we hear a female voice giving a monologue about the tower block where we are led to believe she lives. However, meaning is foreclosed by the actor repeating the script over and over again, bringing to the surface the stutters, failures and alienation of the human body.

Alex Ressel is a video artist whose practice explores the ways in which language constructs us as subjects within the world. Moving Forward is about the language of Human Resources Departments, job interviews, and self-evaluation, and foregrounds the inauthenticity of neo-management culture.