The Mobility Project
Curated by Elly Clarke/Clarke Gallery

With work by Simon Clark, Elly Clarke, Enda O’Donoghue, Kerstin Honeit, Rebecca Pittam, plan b/Sophia New & Dan Belasco Rogers, Fedora Romita and Kym Ward

Exhibition: 20.01.2012 – 19.02.2012 – Friday-Sunday 1-5pm
Panel Discussion: 21.01.2012, 2pm – with all artists plus Alfredo Cramerotti

Clarke Gallery is delighted and honoured to bring The Mobility Project to The Meter Room. This is the second stop of this exhibition, which began at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen in Berlin. We are extremely grateful for the support of Arts Council England, Coventry Council and Culture Ireland - without which this exhibition - and all artists - could not have come to Coventry.

“Keep connected, you are never alone, never alone with a mobile phone in your pocket.”1

Over the last decade, particularly since the mass take-up of the mobile phone, the ever-increasing mobility - of people, goods, information and images - has radically altered the way we perceive, interpret, navigate and even describe the world. Notions of presence and absence, solitude and togetherness and even of geography are changing as our personally tailored collections of contacts, communities, photos and politics are with us 24/7. The way we travel around the places we live in, and how we interact with others whilst we’re there, has a great impact on the way we understand not only where we are but also who we are. Communication and movement are, and always have been, closely linked, dictating the scope of our influence. But today, in a world where one tweeted photo can be seen across five continents within seconds, that influence can reach areas and cultures of which we have no concept.

Here, seven projects present seven different projections of mobility. This exhibition presents seven different projections of mobility. From Simon Clark’s epic cycle journey around the UK delivering postcards he picked up from the Galapagos Islands direct into people’s hands to plan b’s live redrawing of their GPS traces gathered (and redrawn) day by day during visits to the UK over the past few years direct onto the gallery wall; from Enda O’Donoghue paintings created from low-res mobile phone photos found on the internet toKerstin Hon eit’s multi-city performance-experiments where she instructs women to stand on the same area of pavement for fifteen minutes; from Fedora Romita’s audio recordings of the U-Bahn network of Berlin as a means of getting to know the city she just moved to, to Rebecca Pittman’s two screen video installation of her journey along a featureless road in the states listening to driving music and finally also my own five minute video showing an unexpected moment of stillness on the German Autobahn - these are personal portraits of navigation. But, between them, they touch on wider issues t hat affect us all as we negotiate our way around the world - including gender, power, surveillance and the relationship between physical and virtual materiality.

On 21st January at 2pm a panel discussion will take place in the gallery, featuring all the artists in the show, a performance lecture by Kym Ward and guest speaker artist/curator Alfredo Cramerotti.

All work in this exhibition is for sale. There is also a specially commissioned set of prints by all exhibiting artists - the sales of which will help fund this exhibition’s onward journey.

Elly Clarke is an artist & curator based in Berlin and Birmingham, UK.

Clarke Gallery was set up by Elly Clarke in 2008 in 2 room apartment in Neukoelln, Berlin. Following ten exhibitions that took place there, Clarke Gallery escaped – as exhibitions in suitcases and by inhabint other people’s spaces. Over the past 18 months, Clarke Gallery shows have travelled to Eastern Edge Gallery in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada; Franklin Furnace in New York and TROVE in Birmingham - with plans for more to come. Please sign up to the Clarke Gallery mailing list to find out about an exhibition coming to a place near you, soon. / Or join the group on Facebook.

1. Excerpt from Instanteous Culture by Berlin band Theodor Storm