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Art as Problematic Waste

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

(Finland/UK, Aimo Hyvärinen and David Chapman)

This 3-screen video triptych (24’.50”) with 4-channel surround sound visits the underexamined question of the material and cultural management of art in an era of overproduction and ecological crisis. Through interviews with artists, curators and critics in Finland and UK, a variety of issues such as curatorial selection, art storage, legacy management and potential disposal, are dealt with in relation to a variety of fine art practices. The Museums are filling-up and the curatorial question of what to keep and what to throw away is underpinned by the unknown differential, the inevitable and fluctuating discrepancy between an artwork’s cultural and market values.

The subject dealt with by the work, is one that largely goes without consideration. In many ways, the destruction and disposal of art is a taboo subject. Cultural understandings clash with a harder economic reality of arts potential asset value and management of its material presence. Revisiting the friction between the use value and exchange value of art, Art as Problematic Waste asks: how may the art world recalibrate as it moves further into the era of overproduction?

About the filmmakers

David Chapman is a documentary filmmaker, media artist and researcher with a particular interest in sound and image interaction based in London. He creates video and multichannel sound pieces for both gallery and site-specific exhibitions.

Aimo Hyvärinen is a Tampere-based media artist, photographer and documentary filmmaker working on art concerning culture-oriented issues. Hyvärinen has been making exhibitions, films and installations since 1979 in Finland and abroad.

The Project is dedicated to the memory of Otso KantokorpiLeena Luostarinen and ErkkiPapu Pirtola.

Opening Event

Friday 6th March, 6 – 8 pm.

The installation will be on in the Project Space until 29th March.

Screenings start on the hour. Durartion: 25min

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Art as Problematic Waste website

Art as Problematic Waste Facebook page


Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Phase IV: Intersections Art/Architecture installation, Stephen Lawrence Gallery 2020.
Artists l-r Mary Maclean, George Charman, Jaime Gili; Photo Benet Spencer

The Phase IV symposium brings together creatives, academics and researchers to discuss the relationship between arts and architecture, as well as the process of co-curating the Phase IV exhibition—on display at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and Project Space between 15 January and 21 February 2020.

The exhibition, symposium, and related events are led by Benet Spencer (Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University) in collaboration with David Waterworth (Curator, University of Greenwich).


  • 10:30 am Coffee / Arrival
  • 11:00 Welcome & Introduction: Benet Spencer
  • 11:40 Keynote: Olivier Gourvil
  • 12:10 Questions / Discussion
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (not provided)
  • 1:30 Panel 1, introduced by David Waterworth
  • Felix Robbins (a-projects, London); Fran Cottell (artist); Daniela Yaneva (architect)
  • 2:45 Break (Coffee / Tea)
  • 3:00 Panel 2: Outside Architecture
  • Helen Robertson (UAL); Bernice Donszelmann (UAL); Tim Renshaw (University of Reading)
  • 4:00 Close

Keynote by Olivier Gourvil (artist, founder of Réseau Peinture, and former professor at École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble, Valence)

Thinking in Painting
This quote from the question “What is thinking in painting?” by Hubert Damish is from his brilliant 1984 essay Fenêtre jaune cadmium*. In 2010, this question was the starting point for the enquiry that was addressed by 
Réseau Peinture**, which covered the relationship between painting and language. It also lead to critical research around communication in painting in relation to drawing and architecture, which was explored in the collaborative project Paper-Architecture. Gourvil developed this project with the New York-based painter Marjorie Welish between 2000-2013.

Olivier Gourvil, 2020

* Hubert Damish, Fenêtre jaune cadmium, publ. Seuil, Paris 1984. 
**Réseau Peinture is painting network that fosters collaboration between European schools of art and design, initiated by Olivier Gourvil, École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble, Valence​.​ 

Click on Book Now below or follow this link to Eventbrite to RSVP to this event.

If you like this event, you might be interested in attending the Public Lecture by exhibitor  Jaime Gili, Private View and Exhibition Catalogue launch on Saturday 14 February. Visit this link for more information about the programme


Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

On Friday 14 February we are hosting a public lecture by exhibitor  Jaime Gili, followed by a private view and launch of the Phase IV Exhibition Catalogue.

The exhibition, talks, and symposium are jointly led by Benet Spencer and Dr David Ryan (Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University), in collaboration with David Waterworth (University of Greenwich).

Jaime Gili

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1972 and now lives in London. His work has been contextualised as a critical development of Latin American abstraction—especially Venezuelan visual art from the 20th Century—or, as an art critic once put it, as “a mix of Pop, Minimalism, Vorticism, Futurism and Street art”. 

Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art (London) in 1998, after studying in Caracas (IDD and Prodiseño) and Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona). He has exhibited widely in the US, Europe and many Latin American countries, especially his native Venezuela.

His recent exhibitions in London and New York, have enquired into the (im)possibility of painting and abstraction, tackling current affairs in the context of his native Venezuela and the UK. 

For two decades he has embraced an expanded understanding of painting, not only on canvas but in the form of small scale murals and large site-specific installations on and about architecture designed directly with architects. These can be found in private and public buildings, like the ones produced in London, Miami, and Portland Maine.  

Click on Book Now below or follow this link to Eventbrite to RSVP to this event.

If you like this event, you might be interested in attending the Phase IV symposium on Saturday 14 February. Expect a day of public talks and panel discussions bringing together creatives, academics and researchers to discuss the relationship between arts and architecture, as well as the process of co-curating the Phase IV exhibition.

Phase IV: Intersections – Art / Architecture

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Elements du Dessin Marie-Joseph-Bernard Gaillard, 1844. Image courtesy of L’institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse, Archive

Phase IV: Intersections – Art / Architecture is an exhibition and symposium bringing together projects, stemming from higher education institutions in England and France, that explore interfaces between art and architecture. 

Phase IV is the fourth and last of a series of exhibitions led by Benet Spencer and Dr David Ryan from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. The earlier phases saw collaborations, in February 2018, with Institut Supérieur des Arts Toulouse for Phase II – Imagining Architecture; and, in November 2019, with École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée for Phase III – le Modulor.

The first exhibition, Phase I held in February 2016 at the Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, was developed in conjunction with Réseau Peinture, a project that fosters collaboration between European schools of art and design, initiated by artist Olivier Gourviln from École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble, Valence​.​ 

In the spirit of Réseau Peinture, the project has grown to include parallel areas of research activity. Part of the development of the Phase III exhibition included ARC Modulor, a research project between staff and students which ran at the École Supérieure d’Art in Marseille from November 2018. 

The Phase IV exhibition combines a wide range of artists who have been involved at different steps of the project, including architects and artists from the Stephen Lawrence Gallery series of Art/Architecture exhibitions (held at University of Greenwich’ School of Design between 2014-19). Also featured will be members of Outside Architecture, an artist-led collaborative group founded in 2009 by Tim Renshaw, Bernice Donszelmann and Mary Maclean. Phase IV: Intersections – Art / Architecture marks an opportunity to gather these strands of activity, to take stock and evaluate what has become a growing discourse.


Emmanuelle Castellan; George Charman; Valérie du Chéné; David Coste; Bernice Donszelmann; Jaime Gili; Olivier Gourvil; Andrew Grassie; Steve Johnson; Chloe Leaper; Mary Maclean; Didier Mencoboni; Suzanne Mooney; Laurent Proux; Tim Renshaw; Felix Robbins; David Ryan; Anna Salamon; Benet Spencer; Aleana Turner; April Virgoe; Daniela Yaneva

Exhibition opens

15 Jan – 21 Feb 2020

15 January, 6pm: Opening night

Related events

Friday 14th February, 5 – 8 pm: Jaime Gili public lecture, Catalogue launch & exhibition Private View

Saturday 15th February, 11 am – 4 pm: Symposium (talks and panel discussion)

Follow this link to RSVP to the above events on Eventbrite.

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Phase 1 (2016) — Anglia Ruskin University, Ruskin Gallery

Phase II – Imagining Architecture — Institut Supérieur
des Arts de Toulouse

Phase III – le Modulor — Galerie HLM, Les Beaux-arts de Marseilles

Réseau Peinture