CCLAP 2016


In what seems like an intensifying atmosphere of global, media-driven expressions of shock, horror, fear and anxiety – how can we use states of crisis as ways to re-think the future? Can we harness these acutely painful conditions as opportunities to recuperate alternative modes of creativity?

Alongside Krísis, the exhibition and public programme, CCLAP 2016 offers a performance programme with international performance artists, to engage you with multifaceted perspectives on the meaning of ‘crisis’, and its understanding within the current socio-political climate.

Crisis, with reference to its Greek etymology, is connoted as a power of distinguishing, a decision, a choice, a dispute. In the 17th century ‘crisis’ locates the pivotal meaning of ‘decisive point’, and in the contemporary, holds particular potency when thinking about longstanding societal issues that pertain to migration, borders and the humanitarian condition in the 21st century.

Through multidisciplinary artworks, live performance and conversations, the project focuses on crisis as a creative and curatorial opportunity in accordance to artist Charles Gaines’ claim that ‘criticality is a strategy for the production of knowledge’. Krísis explores how these critical conditions can be reclaimed and reconfigured to drive change through artistic practice.

Krísis is curated by Something Human and presented in partnership with the Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary.

Krísis is the culmination of the three-year travelling exhibition project MOVE W I T H (OUT), curated by Something Human, which connected artists with site-specific performances and dialogues in Berlin, London, Rome, Venice, Belgrade, Singapore, Budapest, Skopje and Lisbon.