THE INFORMALS II Installation
BY POLINA MEDVEDEVA, ANDREAS KÜHNE &
BRIGHTON'S YOUNG ARTISTS
The Informals II is an improvised documentary experience: a two-part event consisting of a gallery exhibition and a one-off live performance by artists Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne, in collaboration with emerging talent from Brighton's music subcultures.
The project came out of Re-Imagined Residency that Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne completed at Lighthouse in 2019, part of Re-Imagine Europe.
About the exhibition
Dates: 22 May - 13 June 2021
Open: Wed-Sun, 11 AM - 6 PM
Tickets: free, booking is essential
Inspired by the artists' interest in improvisation, non-conformity and ways of living in the digital age, The Informals II explored the lives and stories of Brighton's youths. In a time when the political climate is not representative of them, they use their music culture to challenge stigmas and stereotypes and to reclaim public spaces.
The installation brought together audiovisual documentary footage collected by the artists in Brighton. Moving images, text, and dialogue interlace, calling upon the audience to interact with, and create new narratives and meanings.
The Informals BTN playlist
Featuring the artists and musicians that make an appearance in The Informals II art installation.
About the artists
Andreas Kühne (1988, the Netherlands) is an improviser, sound artist, and drummer. His art practice involves creating audiovisual works and field improvisations by revealing the musical qualities of on-site inert objects with live electronic setups for real-time generation and manipulation.
He is a Master of Music graduate from the ArtEZ University of Arts, and the founder and curator of the interdisciplinary concert series RAMSES/ MPRO in Amsterdam.
Recent performances include; A4 cultural space, Bratislava; Lofoten International Art Festival, Solvaer; Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam; Inversia Festival, Murmansk; Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Overkill Festival, Enschede; State of Fashion Exhibition, Arnhem; Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam.
Polina Medvedeva is a Russian-Dutch (documentary) filmmaker and artist based in Amsterdam. Her work researches the notion of informality, focusing on informal economies and non-conformist communal structures, their principles influencing the aesthetics of her videos.
Medvedeva’s works have been exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Rotterdam City Theatre; Art Brussels; Centre of Fine Arts Groningen; De Nieuwe Vide gallery, Haarlem and screened during IDFA Docs for Sale and on VPRO among others.
The Informals II is a new commission by Lighthouse and Brighton Festival, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL. The Informals was originally commissioned by Sonic Acts and Inverse Festival, Murmansk. Thanks to AudioActive for introductions and supporting the artists to align this project with the talent across the city.
Bobbie Johnson, Sade Bisram (Phonetic), Marshall Mandiangu, Ollie Hutch, Kema Daley (Kemastry), Megan Fright, Sam Maryon (Hatter), Tafadzwa Mupfunde (Taff), Olivia Melkonian, Riley Davies (ArrDee), Harley Offei Godfrey (Vitamin G), Tim Abrahams, James Donaghy, Hazel Faye Davis, Eva Lewis, Sam McDuffie, Thomas Jules, Ryan Redican, Mask General, 1Time Productions, SixFoor, 44Rickz, SJ, SD, Riddlez, Betz, Warnz, Laurens Ludgrove at Basement Flat.
Matt Adams at Blast Theory, Matt Weston at Spacemakers, Bobby Brown, Adam Joolia, Tom Hines, Gary Mercer, Cate Ferris at Audioactive, Bottega Rooms, Hangleton and Knoll centre, Lucy Cohen, Maya Maffioli, Elijah, Gaika, Juha van ’t Zelfde, Polly Barker and Hannah Gardner.