London artists on fiction and reality

14 October 2014 - 4 January 2015

MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today. These artists seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.


A unique artist-led publication edited by Tom McCarthy and presented in a newspaper format, it features newly-commissioned texts and images from the author, artists included in the show and celebrated writers Chloe Aridjis, Stewart Home and Deborah Levy. Includes a full-colour ‘supplement’, featuring large-format images of the works in the exhibition and an introductory essay by curator Stephanie Rosenthal.

To accompany the Hayward Gallery MIRRORCITY exhibition, celebrated novelist Tom McCarthy edits a unique publication which plays on the realities (and unrealities) of London in the digital age. Examining the way in which the digital and the physical realms now overlap and interact, MIRRORCITY explores what our current experience of reality might be through the work of 23 contemporary artists working in the city. 


In his 1994 film London Patrick Kieller claimed that the city had disappeared, lost amongst the sprawling generations of its inhabitants. The city’s consciousness had dissipated, its identity vanishing before our eyes. And as the print newspaper edges closer to obsolescence, McCarthy chooses this form in which to explore the interlocking layers of reality and fiction in the metropolis.


Presented in a newspaper format, MIRRORCITY is a collaborative project featuring newly-commissioned texts and images from the author, artists included in the show and acclaimed writers Chloe Aridjis, Stewart Home and Deborah Levy. This unique artist-led publication is accompanied by a full-colour ‘supplement’, featuring large-format images of the works in the exhibition and an introductory essay by curator Stephanie Rosenthal.


Artists featured in the newspaper and its accompanying supplement are
Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Michael Dean, Tim Etchells, Anne Hardy, Susan Hiller, Lloyd Corporation, LuckyPDF, Helen Marten, Ursula Mayer, Emma McNally, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Katrina Palmer, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Laure Prouvost, Aura Satz, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, Tai Shani, Daniel Sinsel, John Stezaker, Volumes Project and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.


Edited by Tom McCarthy
Contributors include Chloe Aridjis, Stewart Home, Deborah Levy,
and artists from the exhibition.

Supplement includes an essay by chief curator Stephanie Rosenthal


64 pages
37 x 29 cm 
ISBN  9781853323256
Special exhibition price £3.50 (RRP £7)

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