IN KHARMS WAY

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IN KHARMS WAY with the ZUZUSHII ART LABORATORY.

An exploration into the life and works of Russian, absurdist writer Daniil Kharms (1905-1942). Interpretations through sounds, words and visual art.

Angry, frustrated, analytical and satirical, but always in awe of the absurd manifestation we call human society, the works of Daniil Kharms (1905-1942, Russia) bring to the front of our collective consciousness a final, desperate image of the human condition: a well-oiled machine driving insatiably towards the edge of oblivion. Daniil Kharm’s reality is filled with the intricate observations of men and women struggling to grasp the logic of their predicaments. Failed by the tools of reason and the grace of government they find salvation in the absurd. With it’s incisive irony and bitter-sweet satire the absurd has the power to make sense of the last vestiges of humanity, where everything else has failed.

Interestingly enough, it is a way of seeing the world that is at least as relevant today as it was in Soviet-era Russia. In a society obsessed with its own self-importance, Daniil Kharms’s words resonate with ever more insight as we struggle to come to terms with our own delusional predicament. In Kharms Way presents a snapshot of this reality, animated and shot into the present via the eager, intense vocalisation, saxophone playing and puppetry of Ted Milton and Sam Britton’s deconstructed, rewired laptop computer.

ZUZUSHII ART LABORATORY, the long time creative workshop of Fumico Azuma and Tim Can. Found objects and a conscience feed two and three dimensional constructions, illustrations from the box of humanity. Utilitarian, provoking and open to interpretation. Poignant and darkly comical. Various works will be available to view in the main bar and back room gallery space.

MIXED MEDIA ART WORKSHOP

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ART WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN AGED 8 TO 14. MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE.SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST, 10.30AM TO 1.30PM. £30 PER PERSON INCLUDING MATERIALS.At the ZUZUSHII ART LABORATORY, 26 White Rock, Hastings TN341JY.

More than fifteen years of experience will encourage playful image based experiments. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring any books, photos, magazines etc to maximise the personal touch.

Suitable clothing is advised, as is reserving a place beforehand – email zuzushii@ymail.com to book.

ZUZUSHII ART LABORATORY is fully insured and covered by public liability.

BEYOND THE BOXES

july13web.jpgThe Box exhibition was a big success, well attended and well liked – but now that the boxes have come down, new work is going up. All by Fumico and Tim, a mixed media collection, large and small and it will evolve over time. An event is planned for Saturday 13th July with a collaborative music performance involving Simon And The Pope, the Good For Nothing Poet and ZUZUSHIIMONKEY. The next group show at The Lab will be in October after the Coastal Currents festival has finished, on the theme of EROTIC.  So get ready.

BACK AT WHITE ROCK

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The ZUZUSHII ART LABORATORY are back at 26 White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JY. An opening exhibition of us and fellow box artists kicks off on 1st June, all welcome. Beyond being a show case for our own work, further themed group exhibitions are in the pipe line. Erotic Art, Functional Art, Book Art and more. Don‘t just hold onto your hats.

Daniil Kharms

A few new pieces inspired by the life and writings of Russian absurdist writer Daniil Kharms (1905-1942). An exhibition is planned, somewhere, sometime, in conjunction with In Kharms Way (Ted Milton and Sam Britton), a performance project clearly connected with the same writer. Watch this space.

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VOICES FROM THE OCEAN

This is a work in progress, a project that we hope to have exhibited at The Shipwreck Museum in Hastings at some point in 2018, we are in negotiation.
The central focus is obviously the ocean, that is to say, oceans in general and the continual influence that humans have on them. What we have taken and what we have given in return, including the environmental consequences. If the seas could talk, what would they say?
The art will be contemporary, using a historical narrative and also put together to provoke thoughts on where this interaction between us and the depths could lead.
Work will largely consist of 2 and 2D mixed media collage as well as film and audio pieces, some already in the making with others planned. Updates will be made to this page as and when things progress.

What follows are examples of work touching on various aspects of the overall theme.

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Beached. A short film, giving an insight into how we approach work in general. Art featured is not necessarily aimed at being part off the proposed exhibition.

OPEN STUDIO

open.jpgNot exactly part of the famed Coastal Currents Festival, but certainly in sympathy. Our very own open studio runs along with many others, so there’s no reason to miss out. If The Beacon is on your tour, we’re just a short walk down those Whistlers Steps, cross over the road then down on the left. Come along and see what the Lab’s been up to.

Have a preview, look at THE GALLERY, NAXOS and ZUZUSHIIMONKEY pages.