Posts Tagged ‘exhibition’


Monday, January 10th, 2011

Kurt Merz Schwitters

Location: MadLab (Downstairs)
Description: An exhibition in graphic novel form about the life and work of artist Kurt Schwitters by Lars Fiske.
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2011-03-05 till 2011-03-31. Excluding Sundays.
End Time: 17:00

Over the past few years Norwegian designer and graphic artist Lars Fiske, has been documenting and illustrating the life and works of Kurt Schwitters, including tracing the history and development of all four of Schwitters’ pioneering Merzbau projects from 1923 to 1948. As artists and academics we can also sometimes become too precious or overly reverential about Schwitters.

He was certainly not perfect and not all his work or ideas were that great. At time we need some corrective or alternative perspectives on Schwitters Lars Fiske has certainly done this with his Kurt Merz Schwitters Graphic Novel project and given us all a quite hilarious, but also scholarly, new insight into Kurt Schwitters and his work.

Lars has just recently been completed the full Schwitters Graphic Novel project and we are privileged to have for MERZMAN and Manchester the first public exhibition of the project outside of Norway.

Lars debuted in comics at the age 12 and studied illustration and graphic design in Stockholm and Los Angeles. In the mid-1980s, he published in the music magazine Nye Takter and some of the most important Scandinavian papers. His 2003 picture book ‘Kom, sä løper vi!’ was awarded as “Book of the Year” and “Best Picture Book” by the Norwegian government. Together with Steffen Kverneland, he made the album ‘Olaf G,’ a comics biography about famous cartoonist Olaf Gulbransson.

In association with MERZMAN in Manchester. Find out more of the story.

With support from Littoral Arts Trust.

Made in India

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

36khz by Dhanya Pilo

Title: Made in India
Location: MadLab
Description: Made in India is a unique opportunity to see a selection of creative new videoworks from India as the first trailblazing event for ATM11
Date: 2010-11-04
Start Time: 18:00
Speeches: 18:45
End Time: 21:00

Capacity for the launch event is limited, so please click here to RSVP by Monday 1st November.

Exhibition continues through the 5th & 6th of November, 10:00 – 17:00.

Building on the extraordinary success of the first Asia Triennial Manchester in 2008, 2011 will see another ambitious programme conceived by Shisha and presented across Manchester, showcasing the work of some of the best and most exciting contemporary artists from Asia. ATM11 takes place from October to November 2011.

Selection by Ima Picó

Alana Victoria Hunt. It’s a human relations thing Dhanya Pilo. 36Hkz. Sounds by Urban Hippy Project and visuals by Decoy

Selection by Iram Ghufran

Sarai Media Lab, Delhi

Ravikant Shama and Prabhat Kumar Jha. Autopoesis Satyajit Pande. Manus

Selection by Shankar Barua, Director of CeC

The Annual Carnival of Creativity

Suman & Sourav (TAXI). Swimming around Paplu Deka. Cock-Tail

Selection by Vidya Shah

CMAC, Centre for Media and Alternative Communication

Parthiv Shah. Barbed wires and beautiful skies: Looking at Kashmir in frames

Selection made by Shazeb Shaikh, Curator and Founder

Street Festival of Home-made videos

Street Festival of home-made Videos

Made in India was compiled by Ima Picó in 2010.

For more information on Shisha and ATM11 visit

Analogue is the New Digital

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Analogue is the new Digital

Title: Analogue is the New Digital
Location: MadLab & various locations across Manchester
Description: Interventions across Manchester with newly commissioned, inspirational and experimental artefacts that reflect on the invisible sub-structure of data that permeates our world.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2010-10-01
End Time: 17:00

Analogue is the New Digital is an exhibition across the digital networks of Manchester.

Opening 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday 1st October at MadLab

Featuring physical analogue works growing out of the invisible lines of technological communication in our everyday environment. The city’s networks and rich technological history become a gallery. Digital hubs, conceptual venues and historical hot spots have been selected along specific routes that run from the Northern Quarter via Chinatown and up along Oxford Road. 18 artists and collectives play with the surreal and unexpected, bridge the gaps, map the two spheres and provoke the differences. Their responses to the given theme represent a fascinating kaleidoscope of kinetic devices, ready-made objects, and delicate and decorative sculptures that are imaginative and unique in their very own ways. Resolutely analogue, yet mirroring most recent technological processes that range from mapping via hybrid and mobile media to distortions of the body and models of audience involvement.

James Prevett - In Search of the Miraculous

James Prevett - In Search of the Miraculous

Analogue is the New Digital debates information space as an essential artistic one by leading it back to its origins and the corporeal; ironic at times, and as a symbolic manifesto, proving how inseparably intertwined these areas and our identity within have become.

The exhibition is spread out through 7 venues.




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Curated by Simon Blackmore and Andrea Zapp.

Participating Artists: Eimer Birkbeck & Stuart Hartley, Simon Blackmore, Stephen Calcutt, Ele Carpenter, Ross Dalziel, Rachel Goodyear, Dave Griffiths, Antony Hall, Hamilton, Southern & St Amand, Nick Jordan, Monomatic, Florin Mocanu, Phoebe Myers, Spyros Paparoulias, Daksha Patel, James Prevett, Sid Volter, Andrea Zapp

Participating Venues: MadLab, NUA Lifestyle, Manchester Tourist Information Centre, Easy Office, MDDA, Grosvenor Park and Kilburn Building.

Join a guided tour with the artists on Sunday, October 3, 2:00 pm from Cornerhouse, including a physical GPS audience performance.


Analogue is the New Digital is part of Abandon Normal Devices (AND), Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture.

On the Other Side of the Globe

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Hey, how many sides has the globe?

Ever thought about which side of the globe you occupy – the East or the West, the North or the South? And then have you wondered whether this actually means anything? In the times of British colonial rule, scholars referred to the Occident and the Orient officially in terms of hemispheric position or location but also unofficially in relation to the notion of developed and underdeveloped continents. This paradigm is now outdated, in more ways than one. Some formerly ‘oriental’ nations such as South Korea have since industrialised, post industrialised, digitalised and developed financially. But now, in an ecologically fragile globe, some scholars ask – what’s so developed about development? How can there be two sides to the globe anyway; where does one side begin and the other end? Are there no crossovers of economic systems, ideologies and cultures and don’t we share the same ozone? In a way, this exhibition of contemporary art and design innovations from South Korea, poses these questions and puts it in the hands of the viewers to try and seek some of the answers. (more…)

On the Other Side of the Globe

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Madlab is excited to present our first show, On the Other Side of the Globe : Exhibition of Korean contemporary artists and designers in Manchester & London.

The exhibition will be from August 3rd – 31st.

On the Other Side of the Globe (more…)