temporarycontemporary started as an artist-run project space and studios in Deptford, south-east London in 2004. DIY in sensibility and organisation, it explored the intersections of contemporary art with discursive, social and collective production – an ‘open structure for enabling’ merging the public institution with a grassroots fluidity. After two years of rapid-fire activity, hosting over 20 artist-curated exhibitions with over 450 artists, it has since evolved into a nomadic fiction – a curatorial entity alighting variously as poker-games-as-group-shows; video events in pubs, Tate Modern, Berlin and Vienna; or roving exhibitions in China such as Metropolis Rise: New Art from London – a grassroots survey with over 50 London-based artists presented in Shanghai and Beijing, the first survey of British art in China.
In late 2008, temporarycontemporary undertook a large-scale ‘occupation’ within London’s Royal Academy of Arts – the staging of an artist-run space as a crossbreed of exhibition and theatre. Unfolding over three months, Event Horizon created a dynamic account of British art at the convergence of sculpture, performance, and DIY social culture – new commissions by a cross-generational selection of London-based artists working from the 1960’s onwards, each charting trajectories within art's dissolution into social experience as material becomes event. Major commissions occurred throughout the building and season, including work by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, David Medalla, Spartacus Chetwynd, Bob & Roberta Smith with Le Suisse Marocain, Georgina Starr, Plastique Fantastique (David Burrows & Simon O’Sullivan), Tai Shani, Brian Griffiths, Mark Titchner, Gail Pickering, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Lindsay Seers, and Reza Aramesh. temporarycontemporary’s Event Horizon Social Club was an installation and curatorial infrastructure – an artists’ café and late-night bar evoking historical spaces of gathering and revolutionary transformation hosting over 30 nights of live events with performances, artist residencies, club nights, music, banquets, and more.
Showing at Trajector:
A selection of works and rare ephemera by friends, artists and fellow travellers.
with works by: