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Today’s gift is tomorrow’s commodity. Yesterday’s commodity is tomorrow’s found art object. Today’s art object is tomorrow’s junk. And yesterday’s junk is tomorrow’s heirloom

Lecturers give free online talks as part of University exhibition looking at how objects are seen, from treasures to junk

From ‘The Fetishism of Commodities’ and ‘Graphic Interventions’, to ‘The Social Life of Unwanted Things’ and ‘Tracing the pursuit of (modern) happiness’ sign up to what promise to be fascinating events.

Events:

  • Salvage Stories: Personhood, Property and the Sea with Anita Rupprecht: 9 March, 4.30-5.30pm
  • The Social Life of Unwanted Things with Annebella Pollen: 16 March, 4.30-5.30pm
  • Travelling Images, Translocal Imagination with Zeina Maasri: 23 March, 4.30-5.30pm
  • Graphic Interventions with Harriet Atkinson: 30 March, 4.30-5.30pm
  • Tracing the pursuit of (modern) happiness: personal project, status symbol, commodity? with Emma Anderson: 6 April, 4.30-5.30pm

Sign up to the events at Brighton CCA — Today’s gift is tomorrow’s commodity.

Exhibition:

Where: the CCA gallery at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade building

When: 29 January to 16 April,

What: the exhibition by the Lloyd Corporation – artist duo Ali Eisa and Sebastian Lloyd Rees has the title: Today’s gift is tomorrow’s commodity. Yesterday’s commodity is tomorrow’s found art object. Today’s art object is tomorrow’s junk. And yesterday’s junk is tomorrow’s heirloom.

At the heart of the exhibition are two installations created by Lloyd Corporation following 18 months of research. One takes as a starting point the history of the barrel as both a unit of measurement and symbol of trade, and reflects on both global and local economics, from international distribution chains to small-scale local networks – such as the recycling economy.

The second installation features a sculptural work based on five shipping crates, each filled with goods collected by the artists from auctions, abandoned storage units, internet sites, junk shops and street finds. As well as exploring movement of goods outside the mainstream, the work  suggests narratives that spring up around items and the lives they have touched on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fetishism of Commodities with Toby Lovat: 2 March, 4.30-5.30pm

 

Salvage Stories: Personhood, Property and the Sea with Anita Rupprecht: 9 March, 4.30-5.30pm

 

The Social Life of Unwanted Things with Annebella Pollen: 16 March, 4.30-5.30pm

 

Travelling Images, Translocal Imagination with Zeina Maasri: 23 March, 4.30-5.30pm

 

Graphic Interventions with Harriet Atkinson: 30 March, 4.30-5.30pm

 

Tracing the pursuit of (modern) happiness: personal project, status symbol, commodity? with

Emma Anderson: 6 April, 4.30-5.30pm

 

Inspiration for the exhibition was sparked by a visit to a Brighton flea market shop during the early phase of the first COVID lockdown easing, as the Lloyd Corporation explain: “We’ve always been drawn to these kinds of places. Where piles of stuff cascade onto one another…messy and informal with an unruliness that appears to evade composition and discipline. What Jane Bennet calls ’vibrant matter’. One never knows how long these things have actually been there, placing them somewhere between alive and obsolete, trash or treasure, transient but enduring, trade and collection, commodities or gifts; and back again.”

 

 

ENDS

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Lizzie Amati • January 31, 2022


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