Universal Crepitation

  • 10th November - 12th December 2020
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery

In association with the 2020 Greenwich Sound/Image Festival, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery is hosting an exhibition of audio-visual works, spanning a wide range of practices, including theatre, video, dance, music, and installation art.

Running from 10 November through 12 December 2020, Universal Crepitation explores sound as a granular ever-present entity.

Universal: in that no part can be excluded from causality (unless godlike and nonexistent).  
Crepitation: a crackle, a rattling of parts rubbing together.  

We habitually try to trace a sound back to its source, to identify and label it, but what we find here are just shifting points of contact. In an exhibition that incorporates different voices and modalities — the sonic, the spoken, the written and the staged – artists bring their singular approaches together through collaborative practice. The accumulation of multiple sound/image works in one space has the potential to generate a cacophonous noise – or the possibility for new unities to emerge from these points of crackling contact. 

Intuitively it could be possible to sense that white noise contains multiplicity, just as this exhibition may contain undulations that speak of distinct temporalities and lifespans that animate and invigorate; a complex pulse that generates new worlds, emergent narratives and landscapes. The relationship between sound and the emergence of music has two distinct trajectories, the narrative/linear and the ambient/cyclical; time and space. Universal Crepitation explores the dynamic tension between these two tendencies or aspects of the sonic. 

Features Ole Hagen, Oscar Nearly, and Mhairi Vari, working  in collaboration with  Hannah James-Scott,  Hannah Jowett, and Rhea T-W.

This exhibition is part of the Greenwich Sound/Image Festival

Your Visit

Due to COVID 19, we are operating a policy of limiting visitor numbers to a maximum of 6 per hour. It is therefore advisable for you to book in advance for your visit. If you arrive without a booking we will only be able to grant you entry if there is a free slot. In this case, you will also be required to leave contact details for tracing purposes. You are requested to wear a mask (unless you have a waiver), make use of the hand sanitiser provided, and to observe social distancing measures while you are in the gallery.

Note: As we are in a Tier 2 area, we can only accept individual bookings.

The gallery is fully wheelchair accessible. Public toilet facilities are available, including RADAR key operated disabled toilet facilities, on application to the gallery assistant. 

Further access information can be found under the Find Us tab on this website. For any additional access requirements or enquiries, please contact the gallery at ugg@gre.ac.uk

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