SOS Doug Fishbone In 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia was driven onto the rocks off the coast of Tuscany by its captain, who was cavorting on the bridge with a beautiful young woman at the time of impact. As the disaster unfolded, he promptly abandoned ship, leaving his passengers to fend for themselves. Like […]

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Putting A Hole In The Wall Yara El-Sherbini Yara El-Sherbini continues to use play as a mode to explore social and political contentions. Putting A Hole In The Wall invites players to navigate their golf ball through a series of inflexible and concrete-clad checkpoints, boundaries and border controls in a bid to finally putt the […]

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Life Raft Ellie Harrison As the final hole in the Leisure Land Golf course, Ellie Harrison’s Life Raft – a scale map of the UK floating in the adjacent canal – offers a safe haven to immigrant golf balls that can make the treacherous crossing. In a typically playful way, Harrison’s work hints towards a […]

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EM15 is a collective from the East Midlands region of the UK comprising of Beacon Art Project, One Thoresby Street, QUAD and New Art Exchange (Executive Producer). This project is produced in association with the Academic Partners – Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham, and the Digital Engagement Partner – Horizon, The University […]

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The Bridges of Königsberg Eyal and Ines Weizman Based on one of the greatest problems in the history of mathematics, this game takes place on a model of 18th century Königsberg in Prussia, now the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The River Pregel breaks the city into several land areas connected by seven bridges. The mathematical […]

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Circassian Beauty Lindsay Seers Princess features a figurehead upside down and pregnant being attacked by two enormous snakes. The figure is Princess Salme of Zanzibar, daughter of a Circassian concubine in the Sultan’s harem. Salme became pregnant by a German merchant and was smuggled out of Africa by a British sea captain to Europe; subsequently she […]

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The Turkey Shoot Galactico John Akomfrah Originally a method for hunting turkeys, by scattering the flock thus creating easy targets, the term Turkey Shoot was later adopted by the military to describe a moment where the enemy was caught off-guard or out-gunned to the point of creating an unfair victory. Here John Akomfrah likens this scenario […]

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Football Cloud Yinka Shonibare MBE Yinka Shonibare explores the complexity of contemporary African identity in his art practice and the power relation between the west and Africa. Football is the perfect metaphor for the economic relationship between ex-African colonies and the west. The football pitch becomes the site where the struggle for economic survival is […]

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Coloured Processor Hetain Patel Hetain Patel’s squatting figure is an ongoing symbol in his practice. A characteristically eastern posture, in India it is only adopted by the working and lower classes. The displacement of this posture to Europe in a game of mini golf – itself a working class leisure activity – frames industrial cultural […]

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Pleasure Seekers Candice Jacobs Candice Jacobs is an artist exploring the meaninglessness of aspiration within affective labour and cognitive capital frameworks. For this project, Jacobs makes reference to an ongoing research thread within her work – that of the seductive use of capital and gender in popular television game shows. Since the 1950s, television game […]

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