Lucie Kordačová & Karolína Mikesková
Watching a Strange Theatre
21 April – 12 May 2017
Watching a Strange Theatre is a video and sculpture installation that transfers some of the features of the remarkable place of the Old Tidemill Garden – a unique, collaboratively run community space in Deptford – into the vitrine-like gallery space of Deptford X. The garden has become a principal theatre of vegetal appreciation, wildlife species, habitants and human activities, through its peculiar magic of tranquility.
Live streaming from the Old Tidemill Garden gives us the chance to see its active life in real time, giving us the ability to observe while staying unnoticed. The images will be screened throughout the night, when the nocturnal wildlife comes into its own, and the theatre will play host to some unchoreographed activity.
The existence of the Old Tidemill Garden is threatened by planned local development. Thus, Deptford's wildlife haven has turned from a stage for natural processes like bloom and harvest, death and rebirth, into a scene of another existential drama about the garden's uncertain future.
Lucie and Karolina were the recipients of the 2016 Deptford X Fringe award, in which they were chosen from around 80 projects to present a show in the DX Gallery in spring 2017.
Join us for the opening event on Friday 21st April, and for two other special events:
6th May: Special event at Old Tidemill Garden, 12pm - 10pm
The garden will host live performances by Karolina Mikeskova & Lucie Kordacova, Business Dudes and Au bout l'eau, open air screening supported by Deptford Cinema and food provided by Deptford People Project.
10th May: Discussion event at Deptford X Space with the artists and speakers invited by the OTG. (Book tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/watching-a-strange-theatre-panel-discussion-about-the-old-tidemill-garden-tickets-33733577037)
Lucie Kordacova lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include: 0 or 1 at HIVE Dalston, London (2016); OFF2 BIENNALE, National Gallery, Prague (2016); YOU ARE HERE, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2014); Contextilisation, Kalopsia Gallery, Edinburgh, (2014), Peripheral Vision, Biennale of young Art, MMOMA, Moscow, (2014); CZECHOSLOVAKIA, The Nitra Gallery, Nitra, 2013; Nalomeni, K4 Gallery, Prague, (2013); Portas Abertas/Open Doors, Forum Eugenio de Almeida Evora, (2013); Minimální trvanlivost, Emil Filla's Gallery, Usti nad Labem, (2013).
Karolina Mikeskova lives and works in London and Prague. Recent exhibitions include: Inner Monologue / Eternal Desire, Backroom, London (2016); Kuba Export, City Surfer Office, Prague (2015); On a Boat in the Akashi Bay, Jelení Gallery, Prague (2014); The Life Clock, with Roman Štětina, 35m2 Gallery, Prague (2012). Her work has been featured among others in the group exhibitions: Monument, CCC Gallery, Beijing (2016); Essl Art Award, FUTURA, Prague (2015); Metaphysik der disziplin, Tschechisches Zentrum, Berlin (2013).