Virtual Ground (2021)

Virtual Ground: physical exhibition | 6-12 July 2021

The “Virtual Ground” physical exhibition will be at Asylum Chapel; a stunning grade two listed building and Safehouse 1 and 2; two abandoned Victorian houses in Peckham London; currently a hub for contemporary art.

This new show brings together works of 20 interdisciplinary artists, who work and experiment at the intersection of art and science. They are researching a broad range of subjects from ecology to philosophy, neuroscience to spirituality, light to perception, biotechnology to feminism, oceanography to energy and more. Scientific theories and perspectives relevant to our times are critiqued through a diverse range of media including painting, performance, video, print, new media, sound, montage, sculpture, installation and virtual reality. “Virtual Ground” grew from a need for a paradigm shift; to blossom new ideas and ways of thinking beyond the binary, beyond the institution, beyond our inherited reality and into new worlds.

Audrey Rangel Aguirre | Ray Bass | Steffi Callaghan | Yan Cheng | Georgina Clift | Martha Gray | Holly Hewitt | Molly Macleod | Hermine De Clauzade De Mazieux Noa Rodríguez Méndez | Julia Ovenden | Yichen Qian | Anna Strøe | Bridget Swann | Peng Wu | Ziqin Yan | Nil Yang | Lesley Yawen | Haoran Ye | Kaini Zhang


Asylum Chapel:
Caroline Gardens, Asylum Road, SE15 2SQ
6th July @ 13.00 – 20.30 BST
7th July 2021 @ 10.00 – 14.00 BST
Safehouses 1 & 2:
137 – 139 Copeland Road SE15 3SN
July 9 – 10th July 2021 @ 10.00 – 20.00 BST
11th July @ 13.00 – 20.30 BST
12th July @ 10.00 – 14.00 BST
Following Covid19 social distancing regulations we request that you book a time slot to help us manage numbers:
Launch day event at Asylum chapel on 6 July:  book ticket 
Safehouses 1&2 exhibition on 9, 10, 12 July: book ticket
Closing day event at Safehouses 1&2 on 11 July: book ticket

Virtual Ground: Symposium | 1 July 2021

Thursday 1 July 2021
14.00 – 15.30 BST
Online via Zoom FREE | Information and booking here

Join MA Art & Science graduates for an interactive guided tour. The students will take you on an embodied experience navigating you through their virtual exhibition. This diverse group of transdisciplinary artists explore themes of Art, Science, Ecology, Biotechnology, Cybernetics, Virtual Reality, Consciousness, Perception, Philosophy, Spirituality and more. This is an opportunity to hear from them about their emerging practice and research, and actively participate in a Q & A discussion.

Some works presented focus on ecocentric perspectives, rethinking the dichotomy between human vs nature. They explore unmapped environments; such as wastelands, deep oceans, moon scapes and mountain tops. Drawing inspiration from mycelium networks that are mirrored in computing networks and cybernetic systems. They reflect on the role of technology in the age of the Anthropocene.

Can digital intelligence aid us in reaching altered states of consciousness?

Can virtual space also reside the animistic and ritualistic?

Other works explore non-human systems through biotechnology; merging art, science and spirituality. Furthermore, works presented investigate the dualities of light and dark, conscious and unconscious, and the subjective and objective. By approaching artworks as vessels of communication, they open up philosophical questions regarding the nature of reality and perception. They interrogate relationships between art, metaphysics, life and the psychology of self.

How can the subjective nature of art and the objective nature of science be unified?

Presentations by: Audrey Rangel Aguirre | Yan Cheng | Holly Hewitt | Molly Macleod | Noa Rodríguez Méndez | Anna Strøe | Bridget Swann
Moderated by: Nathan Cohen | Heather Barnett | Sabrina Hasan | Adrian Holme