Rest & its Discontents
30 October 2016, Mile End Art Pavilion
On Oct 2016, a month-long transdisciplinary exhibition explored the many and changing ideas of rest and its opposites through site-specific installations, artists’ moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound and music.
Rest & its discontents explored rest and noise, tumult and work, through site-specific installations, artists’ moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound and music. The exhibition featured work carried out by a group of interdisciplinary researchers, artists and people like us, who were part of Wellcome Trust’s first Hub residency from 2014-2016.
The sound piece by artist Aino Tytti is inspired by our Listening to the City at Rest event with Aino and Bradley Garrett at Denning Point, a 20 storey former council block, back in August. The piece was initially inspired by thinking of high places as restful spaces within the city, away from the noisy hustle and bustle of London life. In the changing physical landscape of the city of London, access to these spaces is becoming complicated by gentrification, social cleansing and the leaching of true public space that often comes with development nowadays. The piece reflects the sonic environment of the building and our journey upwards, with musings on the sonic properties of the vertical city.
The transdisciplinary approach to ‘Rest & its Discontents’ in the exhibition invites visitors to take a deep dive into the many and changing ideas of rest and its opposites, making you consider the functional and dysfunctional aspects of our relationship with rest today.