This retreat is curated by Pil & Galia Kollectiv in collaboration with Tanya Pragnell Lopez, Laura Prime and Sanghee Kim of the RCA's MA in Curating Contemporary Art.
Pil and Galia are artists, writers and curators, as well as directors of xero, kline & coma gallery on Hackney Road and lecturers at University of Reading and at the Cass School of Art. They also have a band called WE. Their artistic practice is multidisciplinary, featuring collage and poster production, film and animation, sculpture and installation, along with performance and costume design.
Pil and Galia’s work examines the relationship between art and politics. Their aesthetic visually recalls the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century. They also address the concept of the individual versus the collective and juxtapose consumer rites with religious ceremonies. Pil and Galia Kollectiv often reference science fiction as a tool for imagining other worlds and other ways of being.
The artists who have been selected to participate in this retreat are Barry Dean, Daniel Lichtman, Rachel Pafe, Clare Potter, Dylan Spencer-Davidson and Lauren Velvick.
Pil and Galia most recently exhibited at Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery. They have also recently presented live work at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and shown work at The Northern Charter in Newcastle, and at Kunstraum Leipzig in Germany, as well as speaking about their practice at Tranzit Display, Prague and at the Taste After Bourdieu symposium at Chelsea College of Art, London. They have also been selectors for Castlefield Gallery’s 30 Years of the Future exhibition in Manchester, where they curated the exhibition Radical Conservatism.
Pil and Galia Kollectiv will run a Masterclass retreat at Wysing comprising of workshops, talks, and other activities, using their work and research as a framework to explore interdisciplinary practice.
Invited contributors to the retreat are artist Bill Drummond and Tzuchien Tho, a mathematician and philosopher who is associated researcher at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Image: Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Performance by Schwerbelastungskörper for Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows, Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, 2014. Photo: Roger Wooldridge.
The deadline for applying to participate in this retreat has now passed.