Encompassing photography, painting, sculpture, sound and moving image works, These Rotten Words focuses on the physicality of textual, gestural and vocal forms of communication. The show features artists: Rebecca Ackroyd, David Austen, Johann Arens, Anna Barham, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Foundation Press, Anneke Kampman, Joanna Piotrowska and Devlin Shea.
Vasey is a curator and writer based in Newcastle, and is currently a curatorial fellow at Newcastle University. These Rotten Words is a continuation of other exhibitions he has curated, exploring ideas around intimacy, language and gesture - including A Small Hiccup, at Grand Union, Birmingham (2013), and Emotional Resources at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014).
The show explores the definition of ‘rottenness’ as both bad and decayed. In a world where public discourse has become increasingly dominated by divisive polemics, the exhibition aims to embrace language that is, as Vasey puts it, “more contingent and intimate”. The artists in the show bring to attention the more physical properties of communication - the mouth and the hand.
These Rotten Words has been commissioned by Chapter to coincide with Experimentica, the arts centre’s annual festival of live art. This year, Experimentica is exploring ‘secret language’ and includes work and performances by the likes of: Getinthebackofthevan, Katy Baird, Jonny Cotsen, Tim Bromage, Dustin Scott Harvey & Adrienne Wong, Heike Roms and Gareth Llŷr Evans, Gareth Chambers, Rachel Helena Walsh, Thomas Goddard, Yoanna Blikman and Dan Robert Lahiani, Keir Cooper, Robbie Synge, Clayton Lee, A.S. (Rosa Casado/Ffion Jones/John Rowley/Richard Huw Morgan), Anti-Cool and Sheree Naqvi.
Foundation Press, a platform for experimental publishing activity in Sunderland, will undertake a brief residency during Experimentica – presenting a series of print workshops and printed artworks in response to the exhibition. These Rotten Words will be accompanied by a screening of artists’ films.
18 March – 11 June2017
29 March - 2 April 2017