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Watershed presents Blurring the Lines at the British Council, London

Posted on Wed 1 Oct 2014
Aquatic Pathways © Beto Figueiroa 2014

We are delighted to be partnering with the British Council in London to present an exhibition about culture in flux, told through sixteen stories of people reinventing creative exploration and participation - people who dare to see the world differently. Discover a navigation scheme for the Russian state library, drone shadow handbooks, hacked musical instruments and a heartfelt letter to Scotland...

Blurring the Lines, produced by Watershed and curator Ian Danby explores and celebrates new ideas 
and communities, which are changing the way we experience culture. This new exhibition brings together for the first time a range of entrepreneurs, artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and curators, all pushing the boundaries of their cultural world.

From Elena Fortes, whose film festival Ambulante is bringing documentary to unorthodox places, to Ridwan Kamil who is reshaping the identity of his Indonesian city through good design, to Brazilian artist H.D. Mabuse whose project alleviates congestion, to James Bridle, who through his art work, makes visible the invisible. All the artists are working in a place where the lines are blurred, the edges are stood on, and change is a reality.

Ian Danby, co-curator and Watershed collaborator explains the thinking behind the exhibition:

‘We had in mind a collection of sixteen people who represent new fundamental changes in working practice, technology trends and social and political impact from around the world. We wanted to find stories that would run straight to the heart of how society is changing. We also wanted to uncover how the curiosity and generosity of people can lead to new global networks, collaborations and ideas.'

He continues:

‘We wanted Blurring the Lines to be playful and engaging, clear and distinctive. The 16 individuals highlighted chose an object that represented their practice to be displayed - from Playmobil security check points, synthesizers, to notebooks and GPS devices. Stand and Stare have created a brilliant video jukebox and you can listen to secrets using Dan Williams’ digital cans on strings. The elements of sound, film, interactivity and working prototypes are included to showcase and bring the stories to life making the exhibition feel as engaging and innovative as the people and their stories. We can't wait for the public to arrive and start exploring.'

So if you’re in London, drop by and see the exhibition at the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN until 19 Dec 2014. Admission is free.

Image: Aquatic Pathways © Beto Figueiroa 2014