Coalescence: Sometime Later installation detail at The Showroom, London, 2024. Photo: Cesare De Giglio

Coalesce 20 Year Celebration

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Performances start at 6.30pm
SOLD OUT

Come and join us to celebrate 20 years of Coalesce with a programme of performances curated by Harold Offeh. 

The evening will start at 6.30pm with a performance of invited singers by Vivienne Griffin. The choral work will mix drone singing with a score using Nothing Compares to You as a point of departure for a lament. Vivienne Griffin will be joined by singers Rosalie Warner, Lydia Samuels and Alexandra Achillea.

This will be followed by an introduction and DJ set by curator Paul O’Neill in celebration of 20 years of coalescing art, love and mixing-messy-disco and techno sounds. Harold Offeh will join O’Neill with his synch-lounging as part of the DJ performance.

This is the first of two performance events curated by Harold Offeh as part of Coalescence: Sometime Later. The second, a closing event, will take place on the 6 July. More information will be available soon.

Vivienne Griffin (they/them) was born in Dublin, Ireland. Griffin studied fine art at Hunter City University New York supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. Moving between digital and physical worlds Griffin is an anti-disciplinary artist who uses video, sound, metal, stone and drawing. Griffin explores the emancipatory prompts that technology can offer us through the voice, sound and the digital. Recent shows and events include Quantum listening, Camden Arts, Centre with Ignota books, 2023, Transmediale, Berlin, 2023 On Paper, ECHO, Cologne, 2022, Latent Joy, St Mary Le Strand, with Paul Purgas and invited guests, 2022, M E R C Y, a single channel video, funded by King’s x Somerset House Studios research fund with law researcher Cari Hyde-Vaamonde in 2022, Poet Slash Artist at Manchester International Festival, 2021, the AGM in Somerset House, 2021, Montez Press Radio in NYC, Condo at Southard Reid, London. They won an Oram Award in 2021, they are a resident at Somerset House Studios, London and are represented by Bureau NYC. They are now an Associate Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and a PhD candidate at SARC the Center for Interdisciplinary Sound Research in Belfast.

Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Turf Projects, London, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Wysing Art Centre, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, MAC VAL, France, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark and Art Tower Mito.

Dr.Paul O’Neill is an Irish curator, artist, writer, and educator. Paul is the Artistic Director of PUBLICS, since September 2017. PUBLICS is a curatorial agency, contemporary art commissioner and event space with a dedicated library and reading room in Helsinki. Between 2013-17, he was Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, New York. He is author of the critically acclaimed book The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), (MIT Press, 2012), which has been translated into many languages. Paul has authored and co-edited numerous agenda-setting anthologies on curating, most recently the co-edited volume Not Going it Alone: Collective Curatorial Curating (Apexart, New York, 2024). Paul has curated over 70 shows across the world,and is widely regarded as one of the foremost research-oriented curators, educators and scholar of curatorial practice, public art, and exhibition histories, and most recently has published three artist’ books as author, co-editor; Maryam Jafri: Independence Days (2022), Kathrin Bohm: Art on the Scale of Life (2023), and Dave McKenzie Banners and Letters (2023). Paul is currently working on two new publications of his curatorial texts called CURIOUS and CURED planned for publication later this year.

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