Paul Allsopp and Andy Weir have been working collaboratively since 2003. They have since exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including recently ‘London in Six Easy Steps’ at the ICA, London (2005), Showroom, Art 37 Basel (2005), ‘The Artist with Two Brains’, MOT (2005), Pilot: International Art Forum, London (2005), Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona (2005, 2006) and a solo exhibition curated by Paolo Plotegher, at Transart, Bolzano, Italy (2005). Previous exhibitions include (with Multiplicity) ‘Utopia Station’ at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), ‘Art of Survival’ at the 1st Prague Biennale (2003), residencies at London Metropolitan University (2004) and La Fabrik, Berlin (2004), publications and presentations at Trondheim Art Academy, Norway (2005) and Chelsea College of Art, London (2005).
Their work, mainly in video, stages regimes of control (political, religious, choreographic, linguistic), simultaneously with modes of immanent escape (flight, spasm, rupture). Recent work investigates processes of mistranslation, rituals of calling, exhaustion, and sonic affects of the voice.
Studio 1.1 Gallery presents allsopp&weir's first solo exhibition in London. The exhibition includes new video, sound and performance work, shown together for the first time. From the ruins of language, the artists present inadequate means: fragments, allusions and strivings, which are impelled to absurd speeds and thresholds through a logic of repetitive cruelty.