The curatorial journey in putting together the Hayward Gallery exhibition, MIRRORCITY, has been an extremely interesting one. Beginning with the seed of an idea for an exhibition that concentrated on artists who currently live and work in London the exhibition has gone through several iterations and developed in a number of ways.
As part of the exhibition the Hayward Gallery have invited UNIT to investigate this process and respond to their findings. UNIT are exploring the decisions that the curators have taken in developing the exhibition; why they have selected the artists and the work that they have; how the exhibition title was arrived at; what links the artists and the works. The documentation of this process is considered by UNIT to be an art work and the works that this investigation has generated, created by the artists that form UNIT, are collectively referred to as MIRRORCITY Remix.
UNIT is a collective of artists working in London.
In interviewing members of the curation team, and discussing some of the ideas and themes that are covered in the exhibition, UNIT embarked on a series of exercises designed to develop an understanding of what processes were gone through in making the final selection of artists for MirrorCity. The importance of spaces, both real and virtual, and the multi faceted nature of identity in the 21st century.
Spaces and their uses, both real and virtual. UNIT have been exploring how such spaces impact on the development of ideas and how this is reflected in MirrorCity. The flirtatious dance of the curator and artists in the 'studio visit' and the codes that operate. The Art World is a complex network, a matrix of connections, a constellation. How does one trace the connections that lead to the inclusion of one artist over another? Can we map this journey? What conclusions can we draw?