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Anti-bodies launch event

Thursday 19th February, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, Bristol

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Free / advance booking essential / drinks afterwards

Tel: 0117 917 2300 / 01

Email: [email protected]


Anti-bodies: beyond the body ideal explores different attitudes to the body. It contrasts the particularity of the artist's body-concept against the ideal body-machine of the Olympic athlete, so revealing underlying idealisations of the body as they are reproduced within different everyday social contexts.

The programme takes the form of a series of contemporary art projects. These are developed for different cultural contexts and produced by organisations based in the south west of England, in collaboration with national and international partners. The Interaction programme includes a website, an online open submission and presentation platform Open Anti-Bodies, a youth initiative Young Anti-Bodies, events, discussion, and resources.

Anti-Bodies seeks to encourage critical engagement with international art and extend notions of context-led working and participation in the wider social realm. The programme is scheduled to run until 2012.

At the launch event, curators and producers currently involved in Anti-Bodies present the projects they are developing:

  • Helen Cole, Arnolfini, Bristol
  • Geoff Cox/Joasia Krysa, Kurator, with Luis Silva, LX 2.0, Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sara Black, ProjectBase, Cornwall
  • Paula Orrell, Plymouth Arts Centre; Nicola Hood
  • Nicola Hood, Spacex, Exeter, with Lee Callaghan/Ben Ponton, amino, Newcastle upon Tyne

With responses from:

  • Dr Paul Darke, artist and producer
  • Lois Keidan, director of the Live Art Development Agency, London
  • Keith Khan, producer and former Head of Culture London 2012
  • Dr Paul O'Neill, artist-curator and GWR Research Fellow, Situations, University of the West of England.

Moderated by Zoe Shearman, Relational

The Anti-bodies programme has been developed and is co-ordinated by Relational, with support from Arts Council England. It has been granted the London 2012 Inspire mark as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Visit www.anti-bodies.net/